[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.

Checked by Dylan

Synonyms and Synonymous

v. a. [1]. Grasp, clutch, clinch, gripe.[2]. Possess, retain, have, occupy, keep possession of.[3]. Restrain, confine, detain, imprison, shut in, shut up, hem in.[4]. Bind, fasten, unite, connect.[5]. Stop, stay, arrest, suspend, withhold, keep in check.[6]. Maintain, support, continue, sustain, prosecute, keep up, carry on.[7]. Embrace, entertain, cherish, take as true.[8]. Think, regard, consider, believe, judge, esteem, count, account, reckon.[9]. Contain, admit, take in, have a capacity for.[10]. Celebrate, solemnize.[11]. Assemble, convene, call together.

v. n. [1]. Be firm, be fast, continue unbroken, not break, not give way.[2]. Continue, remain, persist, last, endure.[3]. Adhere, cohere, cling, stick, cleave, remain attached.[4]. Be derived, derive title.[5]. Think, believe, be of opinion.[6]. Stand, be true, prove good, hold true.

n. [1]. Grasp, gripe.[2]. Support, stay, prop.[3]. Footing, vantage-ground.[4]. Fort, castle, fortress, fortification, fortified place.

Checker: Percy

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

Typist: Virginia


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.

Checker: Vernon


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