Definition of HOLD

to have or keep in one's hands <this casserole dish is too hot to hold, so grab a potholder>
Synonyms clench, cling (to), clutch, grip
Phrases hang on to, hold on to
to continue to have in one's possession or power <she, and she alone, held the keys to the mysterious chest>
to have as an opinion <We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal>
Synonyms allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, think
to have within <the mysterious chest held an ancient book on magic spells and potions>
Synonyms bear, boast, hold
Related Words accommodate, fit, take; case, encase, enclose (also inclose), encompass; harbor, house, lodge, shelter
to keep in one's mind or heart <still held her close to his heart, though they had long parted>
Related Words cultivate, foster, nurture, support, sustain; carry, keep, maintain, preserve, remember, retain, treasure; cleave (to), cling (to), hug, stick (to); brood (about or over), fixate (on or upon), obsess (about or over)
to keep, control, or experience as one's own <the same family has held this piece of land for over 300 years>
Antonyms lack, want
to make or have room for <the couple needed to rent a hall that would hold 300 people>
Synonyms fit, hold, take
Related Words carry, contain, seat; enclose (also inclose), encompass, enfold; harbor, house
to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms <please hold my arm on these slippery stairs>
Synonyms clasp, grasp, grip, hold
Related Words clench, cling (to), clutch, hold on (to); catch, nab, seize, snatch
to think of in a particular way <held to be the best blueberry pies in the state>
Synonyms account, call, count, esteem, hold, look (on or upon), rate, reckon, regard, set down, view
to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) <we managed to hold our laughter until we got outside> <hold your temper until you hear the whole story>
Antonyms lose
to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal <held a gun on the store clerk and ordered him to empty the till>

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