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Dictionary definition for: Hold

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

2. (v) organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception" "have, throw, or make a party" "give a course"

3. (v) 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"

4. (n) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

5. (v) have or hold in one''s hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

6. (n) power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"

7. (n) time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

8. (v) 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 h

9. (n) a state of being confined (usually for a short time) "his detention was politically motivated" "the prisoner is on hold" "he is in the custody of police"

10. (v) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess" "He held the governorship for almost a decade"

11. (n) a stronghold

12. (v) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master''s degree from Harvard"

13. (n) a cell in a jail or prison

14. (v) keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted" "view as important" "hold these truths to be self-evident" "I hold him personally responsible"

15. (v) contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

16. (n) 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"

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

18. (n) the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

19. (v) remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held" "They held on the road and kept marching"

20. (v) maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings) "bear a grudge" "entertain interesting notions" "harbor a resentment"

21. (v) assert or affirm; "Rousseau''s philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

22. (v) remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"

23. (v) secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit" "I reserve the right to disagree"

24. (v) be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof" "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam" "What''s holding that mirror?"

25. (v) hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience" "This story held our interest" "She can hold an audience spellbound"

26. (v) keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"

27. (v) support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high" "He carried himself upright"

28. (v) 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"

29. (v) be capable of holding or containing; "This box won''t take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

30. (v) be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"

31. (v) take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President''s office for almost a week"

32. (v) protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!" "Hold the bridge against the enemy''s attacks"

33. (v) declare to be; "She was declared incompetent" "judge held that the defendant was innocent"

34. (v) have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises" "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

35. (v) cause to stop; "Halt the engines" "Arrest the progress" "halt the presses"

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

37. (v) cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate" "hold one''s nose"

38. (v) drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor" "he had drunk more than he could carry"

39. (v) be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!" "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" "The same rules go for everyone"

40. (v) 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"

41. (v) resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion" "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear" "The bridge held"

42. (v) keep from departing; "Hold the taxi" "Hold the horse"

43. (v) stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President''s office while he is in a meeting"

44. (v) aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

45. (v) 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"

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