[həʊld] or [hold]
(noun.) a cell in a jail or prison.
(noun.) a stronghold.
(noun.) power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; 'he has a hold over them'.
(verb.) keep from exhaling or expelling; 'hold your breath'.
(verb.) assert or affirm; 'Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good'.
(verb.) hold the attention of; 'The soprano held the audience'; 'This story held our interest'; 'She can hold an audience spellbound'.
(verb.) aim, point, or direct; 'Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames'.
(verb.) have or hold in one's hands or grip; 'Hold this bowl for a moment, please'; 'A crazy idea took hold of him'.
(verb.) be the physical support of; carry the weight of; 'The beam holds up the roof'; 'He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam'; 'What's holding that mirror?'.
(verb.) cover as for protection against noise or smell; 'She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate'; 'hold one's nose'.
(verb.) support or hold in a certain manner; 'She holds her head high'; 'He carried himself upright'.
(verb.) organize or be responsible for; 'hold a reception'; 'have, throw, or make a party'; 'give a course'.
(verb.) remain in a certain state, position, or condition; 'The weather held'; 'They held on the road and kept marching'.
(verb.) have as a major characteristic; 'The novel holds many surprises'; 'The book holds in store much valuable advise'.
(verb.) remain committed to; 'I hold to these ideas'.
(verb.) stop dealing with; 'hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting'.
(verb.) keep from departing; 'Hold the taxi'; 'Hold the horse'.
(verb.) take and maintain control over, often by violent means; 'The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week'.
(verb.) contain or hold; have within; 'The jar carries wine'; 'The canteen holds fresh water'; 'This can contains water'.
Edited by Elise--From WordNet
(n.) The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
(v. t.) To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
(v. t.) To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
(v. t.) To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
(v. t.) To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
(v. t.) To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
(v. t.) To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.
(v. t.) To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
(v. t.) To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
(v. t.) To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
(v. t.) To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
(n. i.) In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
(n. i.) Not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative.
(n. i.) Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
(n. i.) Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
(n. i.) Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;-often with with, to, or for.
(n. i.) To restrain one's self; to refrain.
(n. i.) To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
(n.) The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; gripe; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay.
(n.) The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
(n.) Binding power and influence.
(n.) Something that may be grasped; means of support.
(n.) A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
(n.) A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a stronghold.
(n.) A character [thus /] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also pause, and corona.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
v. a. . Grasp, clutch, clinch, gripe.. Possess, retain, have, occupy, keep possession of.. Restrain, confine, detain, imprison, shut in, shut up, hem in.. Bind, fasten, unite, connect.. Stop, stay, arrest, suspend, withhold, keep in check.. Maintain, support, continue, sustain, prosecute, keep up, carry on.. Embrace, entertain, cherish, take as true.. Think, regard, consider, believe, judge, esteem, count, account, reckon.. Contain, admit, take in, have a capacity for.. Celebrate, solemnize.. Assemble, convene, call together.
v. n. . Be firm, be fast, continue unbroken, not break, not give way.. Continue, remain, persist, last, endure.. Adhere, cohere, cling, stick, cleave, remain attached.. Be derived, derive title.. Think, believe, be of opinion.. Stand, be true, prove good, hold true.
n. . Grasp, gripe.. Support, stay, prop.. Footing, vantage-ground.. Fort, castle, fortress, fortification, fortified place.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Keep, grasp, retain, support, restrain, defend, maintain, occupy, possess,sustain, regard, consider, cohere, continue, have
ANT:Drop, abandon, surrender, fail, release, desert, forego, vacate, concede,break, cease
n. the interior cavity of a ship between the floor and the lower deck used for the cargo.
v.t. to keep possession of or authority over: to sustain: to defend: to maintain support: to occupy: to derive title to: to bind: to confine: to restrain: to stop as in 'to cry hold:' to continue: to persist in: to contain: to celebrate: to esteem: (Shak.) to endure: (arch.) to bet.—v.i. to remain fixed: to be true or unfailing: to continue unbroken or unsubdued: to adhere: to derive right:—pr.p. hōld′ing; pa.t. held; pa.p. held (obs. hōld′en).—n. act or manner of holding: seizure: power of seizing: something for support: a place of confinement: custody: a fortified place: (mus.) a mark over a rest or note indicating that it is to be prolonged.—ns. Hold′-all a general receptacle esp. a big carpet-bag; Hold′-back a check: a strap joining the breeching to the shaft of a vehicle; Hold′-beam one of the beams crossing a ship's hold and strengthening the framework.—Hold′en (B.) old pa.p. of hold.—ns. Hold′er; Hold′-fast that which holds fast: a long nail: a catch; Hold′ing anything held: a farm held of a superior: hold: influence: (Scots law) tenure.—Hold forth to put forward: show: to speak in public to declaim; Hold hard! stop! Hold in to restrain check: to restrain one's self; Hold of (Pr. Bk.) to regard; Hold off to keep at a distance; Hold on to persist in something: to continue: to cling; Hold one in hand to amuse in order to gain some advantage; Hold one's own to maintain one's position; Hold one's peace Hold one's tongue to keep silence; Hold out to endure last; Hold over to postpone to keep possession of land or a house beyond the term of agreement; Hold the market (see Market); Hold together to remain united: to cohere; Hold up to raise: to continue to go at the same rate; Hold water to be sound and firm to endure trial; Hold with to take sides with.
- I am to understand, then, that you hold by the determination expressed in your letter? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- As long as we could hold our position the enemy was limited in supplies of food, men and munitions of war to what they had on hand. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Listen, said Tarzan, easing up a trifle, but not releasing his hold. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- General Sherman, leaving a force to hold Atlanta, with the remainder of his army fell upon him and drove him to Gadsden, Alabama. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- On the 12th of February I ordered Thomas to take Dalton and hold it, if possible; and I directed him to move without delay. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, bless the bed that I lie on; four angels guard-- Hold your tongue. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- Affery, who had watched her in terror, darted to her in the middle of the room, caught hold of her dress, and went on her knees to her. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- But still the disappointed father held a strong lever; and Fred felt as if he were being banished with a malediction. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- For a short while the world outside of Menlo Park held Edison's claims in derision. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Her colour burned deeper, but she held his gaze. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- There was a cry and a rush to rescue, but the right hand which all this while had lain hidden in Moore's breast, reappearing, held out a pistol. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- So, I presented Joe to Herbert, who held out his hand; but Joe backed from it, and held on by the bird's-nest. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- He held his cap in his hand and looked at the elderly nurse. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- The former now held out his hand to Harry Maylie; and hearty salutations were exchanged between them. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- At last he grasped the manuscript upon which Jane Porter had been writing, and as cautiously withdrew his arm and hand, holding the precious treasure. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- It was not, however, till the invention of telegraphs that anything approaching to the means of holding regular communication by signals was attained. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- The servant who stood holding the door, asked no question of John, neither did he go before them or follow them as they went straight up-stairs. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- With a man on each side holding these ropes, the mule was released from his other bindings and allowed to rise. Ulysses S. Grant. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant.
- Half a dozen able-bodied men were standing in a line from the well-mouth, holding a rope which passed over the well-roller into the depths below. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- You can't stand holding the roof up with your hands, for ever. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- Now he looked up at them, holding the pencil. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- The marine-store merchant holds the light, and the law-stationer conducts the search. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- The surplus he holds merely as custodian, and it is passed on to the younger members of the community as necessity demands. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- Can a man help imitating that with which he holds reverential converse? Plato. The Republic.
- And of the pleasures of love, and all other pleasures, the same holds good? Plato. The Republic.
- Mrs. Rouncewell, who holds the light, is giddy with the swiftness of his eyes and hands as he starts up, furnished for his journey. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- In the Mannlicher gun, adopted by the German army, the clip which holds the cartridges is itself inserted into the magazine, along with the cartridges. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- The operator in Fig. 6 is shown assembling switch plugs and is in the act of driving home a screw which holds in place the fiber bar over which the cord bends. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
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