Definitions for hold

Definitions for (noun) hold

Main entry: grasp, grip, hold, clasp, clench, clutch, clutches

Definition: 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

Main entry: cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area, hold

Definition: the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Main entry: handgrip, handle, grip, hold

Definition: 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

Main entry: hold, keep

Definition: a cell in a jail or prison

Main entry: hold

Definition: a stronghold

Main entry: hold

Definition: power by which something or someone is affected or dominated

Usage: he has a hold over them

Main entry: hold, grasp, appreciation

Definition: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

Usage: he has a good grasp of accounting practices

Main entry: hold, detention, custody, detainment

Definition: 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

Main entry: delay, postponement, time lag, hold, wait

Definition: time during which some action is awaited

Usage: instant replay caused too long a delay; he ordered a hold in the action

Definitions for (verb) hold

Main entry: hold

Definition: keep from exhaling or expelling

Usage: hold your breath

Main entry: hold

Definition: remain committed to

Usage: I hold to these ideas

Main entry: hold

Definition: assert or affirm

Usage: Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good

Main entry: deem, take for, hold, view as

Definition: 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

Main entry: hold

Definition: hold the attention of

Usage: The soprano held the audience; This story held our interest; She can hold an audience spellbound

Main entry: concord, concur, agree, hold

Definition: 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

Main entry: hold, declare, adjudge

Definition: declare to be

Usage: She was declared incompetent; judge held that the defendant was innocent

Main entry: bind, hold, obligate, oblige

Definition: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

Usage: He's held by a contract; I'll hold you by your promise

Main entry: guard, hold, defend

Definition: protect against a challenge or attack

Usage: Hold that position behind the trees!; Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

Main entry: hold

Definition: aim, point, or direct

Usage: Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames

Main entry: carry, hold

Definition: drink alcohol without showing ill effects

Usage: He can hold his liquor; he had drunk more than he could carry

Main entry: take hold, hold

Definition: have or hold in one's hands or grip

Usage: Hold this bowl for a moment, please; A crazy idea took hold of him

Main entry: hold, hold up, support, sustain

Definition: 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?

Main entry: hold, confine, restrain

Definition: 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

Main entry: hold

Definition: cover as for protection against noise or smell

Usage: She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate; hold one's nose

Main entry: carry, hold, bear

Definition: support or hold in a certain manner

Usage: She holds her head high; He carried himself upright

Main entry: make, have, hold, give, throw

Definition: organize or be responsible for

Usage: hold a reception; have, throw, or make a party; give a course

Main entry: entertain, hold, harbor, harbour, nurse

Definition: maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

Usage: bear a grudge; entertain interesting notions; harbor a resentment

Main entry: arrest, hold, halt

Definition: cause to stop

Usage: Halt the engines; Arrest the progress; halt the presses

Main entry: hold, have, have got

Definition: 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

Main entry: keep back, hold, hold back, retain

Definition: secure and keep for possible future use or application

Usage: The landlord retained the security deposit; I reserve the right to disagree

Main entry: bear, hold

Definition: have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

Usage: She bears the title of Duchess; He held the governorship for almost a decade

Main entry: hold

Definition: take and maintain control over, often by violent means

Usage: The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week

Main entry: hold

Definition: keep from departing

Usage: Hold the taxi; Hold the horse

Main entry: book, reserve, hold

Definition: 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

Main entry: contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, check, moderate

Definition: 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

Main entry: hold

Definition: stop dealing with

Usage: hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting

Main entry: hold, prevail, obtain

Definition: be valid, applicable, or true

Usage: This theory still holds

Main entry: apply, go for, hold

Definition: 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

Main entry: keep, maintain, hold

Definition: keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

Usage: hold in place; She always held herself as a lady; The students keep me on my toes

Main entry: hold

Definition: remain in a certain state, position, or condition

Usage: The weather held; They held on the road and kept marching

Main entry: hold, carry, contain, bear

Definition: contain or hold; have within

Usage: The jar carries wine; The canteen holds fresh water; This can contains water

Main entry: hold, take, contain

Definition: be capable of holding or containing

Usage: This box won't take all the items; The flask holds one gallon

Main entry: withstand, defy, hold, hold up

Definition: resist or confront with resistance

Usage: The politician defied public opinion; The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear; The bridge held

Main entry: hold, admit, accommodate

Definition: 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

Main entry: hold

Definition: have as a major characteristic

Usage: The novel holds many surprises; The book holds in store much valuable advise

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