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held

verb , past tense of hold

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1 to have or keep in one's hands
  • this casserole dish is too hot to hold, so grab a potholder
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2 to continue to have in one's possession or power
  • she, and she alone, held the keys to the mysterious chest
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3 to have as an opinion
  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"
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allowed [chiefly Southern & Midland], believed, conceived, considered, deemed, esteemed, felt, figured, guessed, imagined, judged, reckoned [chiefly dialect], supposed, thought

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4 to have within
  • the mysterious chest held an ancient book on magic spells and potions
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6 to keep, control, or experience as one's own
  • the same family has held this piece of land for over 100 years
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7 to make or have room for
  • the couple needed to rent a hall that would hold 300 people
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8 to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms
  • please hold my arm on these slippery stairs
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9 to think of in a particular way
  • held to be the best blueberry pies in the state
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10 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
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11 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • held the camera on the actor throughout the scene
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