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Hold meaning

hold - 43 dictionary results

  1. 1. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; " he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; " it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  2. 2. keep from exhaling or expelling; " hold your breath"
  3. 3. assert or affirm; " Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  4. 4. hold the attention of; " The soprano held the audience"; " This story held our interest"; " She can hold an audience spellbound"
  5. 5. be in accord; be in agreement; " 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"
  6. 6. aim, point, or direct; " Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  7. 7. cover as for protection against noise or smell; " She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; " hold one's nose"
  8. 8. organize or be responsible for; " hold a reception"; " have, throw, or make a party"; " give a course"
  9. 9. maintain ( a theory, thoughts, or feelings); " bear a grudge"; " entertain interesting notions"; " harbor a resentment"
  10. 10. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; " She bears the title of Duchess"; " He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  11. 11. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; " The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
  12. 12. keep from departing; " Hold the taxi"; " Hold the horse"
  13. 13. stop dealing with; " hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
  14. 14. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; " The weather held"; " They held on the road and kept marching"
  15. 15. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
  18. 18. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
  19. 19. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  20. 20. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  24. 24. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
  25. 25. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
  26. 26. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
  27. 27. Not to more; to halt; to stop;- mostly in the imperative.
  28. 28. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
  29. 29. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
  30. 30. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;- often with with, to, or for.
  31. 31. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
  32. 32. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
  33. 33. Binding power and influence.
  34. 34. Something that may be grasped; means of support.
  35. 35. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
  36. 36. A stronghold.
  37. 37. To derive right or title; - generally with of.
  38. 38. 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.
  39. 39. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.
  40. 40. A character [ thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.
  41. 41. Seizure; grasp; support; prison; fortress; custody; interior of a ship.
  42. 42. To keep; sustain; restrain; grasp; celebrate; consider.
  43. 43. To remain fixed; derive right.

hold - examples of usage

  1. Ruth did not try to hold him. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. " Hold on a minute," he said. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. " Hold up that light, Jessop," he said. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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