hold Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act of grasping
grip; clutches; clutch; clench; grasp; clasp.
- he released his clasp on my arm
- he has a strong grip for an old man
- she kept a firm hold on the railing
noun understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
- he has a good grasp of accounting practices
noun power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
- he has a hold over them
noun time during which some action is awaited
delay; postponement; time lag; wait.
- instant replay caused too long a delay
- he ordered a hold in the action
noun a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
detention; custody; detainment.
- his detention was politically motivated
- the prisoner is on hold
- he is in the custody of police
noun a stronghold
noun a cell in a jail or prison
noun the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
grip; handgrip; handle.
- he grabbed the hammer by the handle
- it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip
noun the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
storage area; cargo area; cargo hold; cargo deck.
verb keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
- hold in place
- She always held herself as a lady
- The students keep me on my toes
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 organize or be responsible for
make; throw; have; give.
- hold a reception
- have, throw, or make a party
- give a course
verb have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
have got; have.
- She has $1,000 in the bank
- He has got two beautiful daughters
- She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
verb keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
take for; deem; view as.
- take for granted
- view as important
- hold these truths to be self-evident
- I hold him personally responsible
verb maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
harbor; entertain; nurse; harbour.
- bear a grudge
- entertain interesting notions
- harbor a resentment
verb to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
- 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
verb secure and keep for possible future use or application
retain; keep back; hold back.
- The landlord retained the security deposit
- I reserve the right to disagree
verb have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
- She bears the title of Duchess
- He held the governorship for almost a decade
verb be the physical support of; carry the weight of
support; sustain; hold up.
- The beam holds up the roof
- He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
- What's holding that mirror?
verb contain or hold; have within
carry; bear; contain.
- The jar carries wine
- The canteen holds fresh water
- This can contains water
verb have room for; hold without crowding
- This hotel can accommodate 250 guests
- The theater admits 300 people
- The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people
verb remain in a certain state, position, or condition
- The weather held
- They held on the road and kept marching
verb support or hold in a certain manner
- She holds her head high
- He carried himself upright
verb be valid, applicable, or true
- This theory still holds
verb assert or affirm
- Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good
verb have as a major characteristic
- The novel holds many surprises
- The book holds in store much valuable advise
verb be capable of holding or containing
- This box won't take all the items
- The flask holds one gallon
verb arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
- 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
verb protect against a challenge or attack
- Hold that position behind the trees!
- Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks
verb bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
oblige; bind; obligate.
- He's held by a contract
- I'll hold you by your promise
verb hold the attention of
- The soprano held the audience
- This story held our interest
- She can hold an audience spellbound
verb remain committed to
- I hold to these ideas
verb resist or confront with resistance
withstand; defy; hold up.
- The politician defied public opinion
- The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
- The bridge held
verb be pertinent or relevant or applicable
apply; go for.
- The same laws apply to you!
- This theory holds for all irrational numbers
- The same rules go for everyone
verb stop dealing with
- hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting
verb lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
control; moderate; hold in; curb; contain; check.
- moderate your alcohol intake
- hold your tongue
- hold your temper
- control your anger
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 cause to stop
- Halt the engines
- Arrest the progress
- halt the presses
verb cover as for protection against noise or smell
- She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate
- hold one's nose
verb drink alcohol without showing ill effects
- He can hold his liquor
- he had drunk more than he could carry
verb aim, point, or direct
- Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames
verb declare to be
- She was declared incompetent
- judge held that the defendant was innocent
verb be in accord; be in agreement
concur; agree; concord.
- 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
verb keep from exhaling or expelling
- hold your breath
(Naut.) The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
Hold transitive verb
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.
The loops held one curtain to another. Ex. xxxvi. 12.
Thy right hand shall hold me. Ps. cxxxix. 10.
They all hold swords, being expert in war. Cant. iii.
In vain he seeks, that having can not hold. Spenser.
France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . . . A fasting tiger safer by the tooth, Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold. Shak.
To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire. Milton.
To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to. hold office
This noble merchant held a noble house. Chaucer.
Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute. Knolles.
And now the strand, and now the plain, they held. Dryden.
To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
We can not hold mortality's strong hand. Shak.
Death! what do'st? O,hold thy blow. Grashaw.
He hat not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue. Macaulay.
To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
Hold not thy peace, and be not still. Ps. lxxxiii. 1.
Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall hold their course. Milton.
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 helda council of war; a judge holdsa court; a clergyman holdsa service.
I would hold more talk with thee. Shak.
To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for. holdsmilk
Broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jer. ii. 13.
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold. Shak.
To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught. 2 Thes. ii.15.
But still he held his purpose to depart. Dryden.
To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
I hold him but a fool. Shak.
I shall never hold that man my friend. Shak.
The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Ex. xx. 7.
To bear, carry, or manage; as he holdshimself erect; he holdshis head high.
Let him hold his fingers thus. Shak.
Hold noun i
In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
Not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative.
And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!" Shak.
Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
Our force by land hath nobly held. Shak.
Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
While our obedience holds. Milton.
The rule holds in land as all other commodities. Locke.
Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;-often with with, to, or for.
He will hold to the one and despise the other. Matt. vi. 24
To restrain one's self; to refrain.
His dauntless heart would fain have held From weeping, but his eyes rebelled. Dryden.
To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
My crown is absolute, and holds of none. Dryden.
His imagination holds immediately from nature. Hazlitt.
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.
Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold. Chaucer.
Thou should'st lay hold upon him. B. Jonson.
My soul took hold on thee. Addison.
Take fast hold of instruction. Pror. iv. 13.
The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
The law hath yet another hold on you. Shak.
Binding power and influence.
Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of. Tillotson.
Something that may be grasped; means of support.
If a man be upon an high place without rails or good hold, he is ready to fall. Bacon.
A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
They . . . put them in hold unto the next day. Acts. iv. 3.
King Richard, he is in the mighty hold Of Bolingbroke. Shak.
A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called aChaucer. stronghold.
New comers in an ancient hold Tennyson.
(Mus.) A character [thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also pause, and corona.