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hold1 [hōld]
vt.
held, holding [ME holden < Anglian OE haldan (WS healdan), akin to Ger halten, Goth haldan, to tend sheep < IE base * kel-, to drive, incite to action > Gr kelēs, swift horse, L celer, swift: prob. sense development: drive (cattle, etc.)—tend—possess]
1. to take and keep with the hands or arms, or by other means; grasp; clutch; seize
2. to keep from going away; not let escape [to hold a prisoner, hold the train]
3. to keep in a certain place or position, or in a specified condition [to hold one's head up]
4. to restrain or control; specif.,
a) to keep from falling; bear the weight of; support [pillars holding the roof]
b) to keep from acting; keep back [hold your tongue]
c) to keep from advancing or attacking
d) to keep from getting an advantage
e) to get and keep control of; keep from relaxing [to hold someone's attention]
f) to continue; maintain [to hold a course]
g) to sustain or satisfy for the time being [a muffin should hold you until supper time ]
h) to keep (a letter, etc.) for delivery later
i) to keep (a room, etc.) for use later
j) to keep under obligation; bind [hold him to his word]
k) to resist the effects of (alcoholic liquor)
5. to have and keep as one's own; have the duties, privileges, etc. of; own; possess; occupy [to hold shares of stock, to hold the office of mayor]
6. to keep against an enemy; guard; defend [hold the fort]
7. to have or conduct together; specif.,
a) to carry on (a meeting, conversation, etc.)
b) to perform (a function, service, etc.) [to hold classes in the morning]
8. to call together or preside over [to hold court]
9. to have or keep within itself; have room or space for; contain [a bottle that holds a quart]
10. to have or keep in the mind
11. to have an opinion or belief about; regard; consider [to hold a statement to be untrue]
12. Law
a) to decide; adjudge; decree
b) to bind by contract
c) to possess by legal title [to hold a mortgage]
13. Music to prolong (a tone or rest)
vi.
1. to retain a hold, a firm contact, etc. [hold tight]
2. to go on being firm, loyal, etc. [to hold to a resolution]
3. to remain unbroken or unyielding; not give way [the rope held]
4. to have right or title: usually with from or of
5. to be in effect or in force; be true or valid [a rule that holds in any case]
6. to keep up; continue [the wind held from the north ]; specif.,
a) to remain in the air, waiting to land [a plane held over Boston]
b) to remain on a telephone line [that line is busywill you hold?]
7. Archaic to go no further; stop oneself; halt: usually in the imperative
n.
1. the act or manner of grasping or seizing; grip; specif., a way of gripping an opponent in wrestling
2. a thing to hold or hold on by
3. a thing for holding or containing something else
4.
a) a controlling or dominating force; restraining authority [to have a firm hold over someone]
b) a being aware or in control [to lose one's hold on life]
5. a means of confinement; prison
6. a temporary halt or delay, as to make repairs, or an order to make such a halt
7. an order reserving something
8. Obs. a stronghold
9. Obs. the act or fact of guarding, possessing, etc.
10. Music PAUSE (sense 4)
SYN.- CONTAIN
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catch hold of
to take; seize; grasp
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get hold of
1. to take; seize; grasp
2. to acquire
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hold back
1. to restrain
2. to refrain
3. to retain
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hold down
1. to keep down or under control; restrain
2. Informal to have and keep (a job)
3. to limit; restrict [the rain held down attendance at the game]
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hold forth [cf. Phil. 2:16]
1. to speak at some length; preach; lecture
2. Now Rare to offer; propose
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hold in
1. to keep in or back
2. to control oneself or one's impulses
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hold off
1. to keep away or at a distance
2. to keep from attacking or doing something
3. to delay action on a matter, as in awaiting additional information
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hold on
1. to retain one's hold
2. to continue; persist
3. Informal stop! wait!
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hold one's own
to maintain one's place or condition in spite of obstacles or reverses
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hold out
1. to last; endure; continue
2. to continue resistance; stand firm; not yield
3. to offer
4. Informal to fail or refuse to give (what is to be given)
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hold out for
Informal to stand firm in demanding
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hold over
1. to postpone consideration of or action on
2. to keep or stay for an additional period or term
3. to keep as a threat or advantage over
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hold up
1. to keep from falling; prop up
2. to show; exhibit
3. to last; endure; continue
4. to stop; delay; impede
5. to stop forcibly and rob
6. Informal to overcharge
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hold with
1. to agree or side with
2. to approve of
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lay hold of or take hold of
1. to take; seize; grasp
2. to get control or possession of
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no holds barred
Informal with no set rules or limits
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on hold
1. in a period or state of interruption or delay [the countdown was on hold]
2. in a state of interruption in a telephone call, as during a transfer to another line [I was on hold for five minutes]
hold2 [hōld]
n.
[altered (after HOLD1) < HOLE or < MDu hol, a hole, cave, ship's hold]
1. the interior of a ship below decks, esp. below the lower deck, in which the cargo is carried
2. the compartment for cargo in an aircraft

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