What is the meaning of hold?


  • The act of grasping.
    • usage: "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
  • Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something.
    • usage: "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  • Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated.
    • usage: "he has a hold over them"
  • Time during which some action is awaited.
    • usage: "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
  • A state of being confined (usually for a short time. )
    • usage: "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
  • A stronghold.
  • A cell in a jail or prison.
  • The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it.
    • usage: "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  • The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo.


  • (v.) ()
  • Have or hold in one's hands or grip.
    • usage: "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
  • Organize or be responsible for.
    • usage: "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
  • Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.
    • usage: "She has $1, 000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
  • Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view.
    • usage: "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
  • Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings. )
    • usage: "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
  • To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement.
    • usage: "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
  • Secure and keep for possible future use or application.
    • usage: "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  • Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices.
    • usage: "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  • Be the physical support of; carry the weight of.
    • usage: "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror"
  • Contain or hold; have within.
    • usage: "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
  • Have room for; hold without crowding.
    • usage: "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
  • Remain in a certain state, position, or condition.
    • usage: "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
  • Support or hold in a certain manner.
    • usage: "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
  • Be valid, applicable, or true.
    • usage: "This theory still holds"
  • Assert or affirm.
    • usage: "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  • Have as a major characteristic.
    • usage: "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
  • Be capable of holding or containing.
    • usage: "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
  • Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance.
    • usage: "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
  • Protect against a challenge or attack.
    • usage: "Hold that position behind the trees"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
  • Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted.
    • usage: "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
  • Hold the attention of.
    • usage: "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
  • Remain committed to.
    • usage: "I hold to these ideas"
  • Resist or confront with resistance.
    • usage: "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
  • Be pertinent or relevant or applicable.
    • usage: "The same laws apply to you"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
  • Stop dealing with.
    • usage: "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
  • Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits.
    • usage: "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
  • Keep from departing.
    • usage: "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
  • Take and maintain control over, often by violent means.
    • usage: "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
  • Cause to stop.
    • usage: "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
  • Cover as for protection against noise or smell.
    • usage: "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
  • Drink alcohol without showing ill effects.
    • usage: "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
  • Aim, point, or direct.
    • usage: "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  • Declare to be.
    • usage: "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
  • Be in accord; be in agreement.
    • usage: "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
  • Keep from exhaling or expelling.
    • usage: "hold your breath"
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