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hold (n):
the act of grasping
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he released his clasp on my arm.
he has a strong grip for an old man.
she kept a firm hold on the railing

Related Words: claspclenchclutchgraspgrip
hold (n):
the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
hold (n):
the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
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he grabbed the hammer by the handle.
it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip

Related Words: griphandle
hold (n):
a cell in a jail or prison
Related Words: keep
hold (n):
a stronghold
hold (n):
power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
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he has a hold over them
hold (n):
understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
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he has a good grasp of accounting practices
Related Word: grasp
hold (n):
a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
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his detention was politically motivated.
the prisoner is on hold.
he is in the custody of police

Related Words: detention
hold (n):
time during which some action is awaited
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instant replay caused too long a delay.
he ordered a hold in the action

Related Words: delaywait
hold (v):
keep from exhaling or expelling
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hold your breath
hold (v):
remain committed to
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I hold to these ideas
hold (v):
assert or affirm
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Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good
hold (v):
keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
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take for granted.
view as important.
hold these truths to be self-evident.
I hold him personally responsible
hold (v):
be in accord; be in agreement
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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

Related Words: agreeconcordconcur
hold (v):
hold the attention of
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The soprano held the audience.
This story held our interest.
She can hold an audience spellbound
hold (v):
declare to be
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She was declared incompetent.
judge held that the defendant was innocent

Related Word: declare
hold (v):
bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
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He's held by a contract.
I'll hold you by your promise

Related Words: bindobligateoblige
hold (v):
protect against a challenge or attack
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Hold that position behind the trees!
Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

Related Word: defend
hold (v):
aim, point, or direct
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Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames
hold (v):
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
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He can hold his liquor.
he had drunk more than he could carry
hold (v):
have or hold in one's hands or grip
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Hold this bowl for a moment, please.
A crazy idea took hold of him
hold (v):
be the physical support of; carry the weight of
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The beam holds up the roof.
He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam.
What's holding that mirror?

Related Words: support
hold (v):
to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
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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

Related Words: restrain
hold (v):
cover as for protection against noise or smell
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She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate.
hold one's nose
hold (v):
support or hold in a certain manner
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She holds her head high.
He carried himself upright

Related Words: bearcarry
hold (v):
organize or be responsible for
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hold a reception.
have, throw, or make a party.
give a course
hold (v):
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
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bear a grudge.
entertain interesting notions.
harbor a resentment
hold (v):
cause to stop
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Halt the engines.
Arrest the progress.
halt the presses

Related Words: arresthalt
hold (v):
keep from departing
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Hold the taxi.
Hold the horse
hold (v):
contain or hold; have within
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The jar carries wine.
The canteen holds fresh water.
This can contains water

Related Words: carrycontain
hold (v):
be capable of holding or containing
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This box won't take all the items.
The flask holds one gallon
hold (v):
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
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She has $1,000 in the bank.
He has got two beautiful daughters.
She holds a Master's degree from Harvard

Related Words: have
hold (v):
secure and keep for possible future use or application
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The landlord retained the security deposit.
I reserve the right to disagree

Related Words: retain
hold (v):
have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
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She bears the title of Duchess.
He held the governorship for almost a decade

Related Words: bear
hold (v):
take and maintain control over, often by violent means
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The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week
hold (v):
arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
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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

Related Words: bookreserve
hold (v):
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
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moderate your alcohol intake.
hold your tongue.
hold your temper.
control your anger

Related Words: checkcontrolcurbmoderate
hold (v):
have room for; hold without crowding
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This hotel can accommodate 250 guests.
The theater admits 300 people.
The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people

Related Word: admit
hold (v):
stop dealing with
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hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting
hold (v):
be valid, applicable, or true
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This theory still holds
hold (v):
be pertinent or relevant or applicable
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The same laws apply to you!
This theory holds for all irrational numbers.
The same rules go for everyone

Related Word: apply
hold (v):
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
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keep clean.
hold in place.
She always held herself as a lady.
The students keep me on my toes

Related Words: keepmaintain
hold (v):
remain in a certain state, position, or condition
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The weather held.
They held on the road and kept marching
hold (v):
resist or confront with resistance
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The politician defied public opinion.
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear.
The bridge held

Related Words: defywithstand
hold (v):
have as a major characteristic
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The novel holds many surprises.
The book holds in store much valuable advise
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