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hold to

Definition of hold to

  1. 1 :  to continue to have or follow (a plan, purpose, etc.) <He has held to his plan of exercising regularly.> :  to not change (a decision, belief, etc.) <Despite opposition, she has held to her decision.>

  2. 2 :  to force (someone) to do what is required by (something, such as a promise) <You made a promise and I'm going to hold you to it.> <He was held to an impossibly high standard.>

  3. 3 :  to prevent (an opponent) from having or getting more than (a specified number of scores or shots) <Our team held the other team to just three runs.> <The defense held him to only one shot attempt in the first half.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

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