Synonyms and Antonyms of hold

  1. 1 the act or manner of holding make sure you have a firm hold on the chain saw before you turn it on Synonyms of hold clasp, clench, grapple, grasp, grip, handgrip, handhold Words Related to hold anchorage, leverage, purchase; grab, seizure; foothold, footing, toehold; clinch, embrace, hug Near Antonyms of hold release, relinquishment

  2. 2 a structure or place from which one can resist attack the ruins of an ancient Roman hold Synonyms of hold bastion, castle, citadel, fastness, fortification, fortress, fort, redoubt, strongholdWords Related to hold battlement, breastwork, bulwark, earthwork, embattlement, parapet, rampart; bunker, dugout; blockhouse, garrison house; alcazar, casbah (also kasbah)

  3. 3 the right or means to command or control others the government has no hold over where we live and work Synonyms of hold arm, authority, clutch, command, control, death grip, dominion, grip, power, mastery, reign, rein(s), swayWords Related to hold clout, influence, leverage, pull, voice, weight; jurisdiction; direction, management; dominance, imperium, predominance, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; prerogative, privilege, right; eminence, importance, momentNear Antonyms of hold helplessness, weaknessAntonyms of hold impotence, impotency, powerlessness

  4. 4 the state or fact of being able to exchange information regarding one's current situation I worry that I won't be able to get hold of you in an emergency Synonyms of hold communication, contact, touchWords Related to hold commerce, communion, intercommunication, intercourse

  5. 5 a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody upon hearing the guilty verdict, the accused realized that he would lie in that godforsaken hold for the remainder of his life Synonyms of hold bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, jail, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]Words Related to hold bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk(s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training schoolNear Antonyms of hold outside

  6. 6 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something I need to get hold of the situation before planning a course of action Synonyms of hold appreciation, apprehension, grasp, grip, comprehension, perception, percipience, understandingWords Related to hold absorption, assimilation, digestion, uptake; conception, visualization; awareness, consciousness, enlightenment, realizationNear Antonyms of hold misapprehension, miscomprehension, misinterpretation, misperception, misunderstandingAntonyms of hold incomprehension, noncomprehension

  7. 7 the state of being held in lawful custody a suspected terrorist who was abducted at an airport and put in hold at an undisclosed location Synonyms of hold detainer, detainment, detention, immurement, imprisonment, incarcerationWords Related to hold captivity, confinement, internment; apprehension, arrest, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, pinch; capture, entrapment, seizure; enchainment, restraintNear Antonyms of hold emancipation, freedom, liberationAntonyms of hold discharge, release



Synonyms and Antonyms of hold

  1. 1 to have or keep in one's hands this casserole dish is too hot to hold, so grab a potholder Synonyms of hold clench, cling (to), clutch, grip Words Related to hold bear, carry; bag, capture, catch, collar, corral, grab, grapple, hook, land, latch (on or onto), nab, nail, seize, snap (up), snare, snatch, take, trap; feel, finger, handle, paw; clasp, embrace, grasp, hug; cradle Phrases hang on to, hold on to Near Antonyms of hold drop, give, hand, unclasp, unhand; cede, deliver, give up, hand out, hand over, release, relinquish, render, turn over, yield

  2. 2 to continue to have in one's possession or power she, and she alone, held the keys to the mysterious chest Synonyms of hold keep, reserve, retain, withholdWords Related to hold conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save; boast, enjoy, have, own, possess; command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule; bear, harbor; cherish, cling (to), hug, treasureNear Antonyms of hold abandon, cede, drop; contribute, donate, give, hand out; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; loseAntonyms of hold give up, hand over, release, relinquish, surrender, yield

  3. 3 to have as an opinion “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” Synonyms of hold allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, believe, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, thinkWords Related to hold regard, view; accept, perceive; depend, rely, trust; assume, presume, presuppose, surmise; conclude, deduce, inferNear Antonyms of hold distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, suspect; disbelieve, discredit, reject

  4. 4 to have within the mysterious chest held an ancient book on magic spells and potions Synonyms of hold bear, boast, containWords Related to hold accommodate, fit, take; case, encase, enclose (also inclose), encompass; harbor, house, lodge, shelter

  5. 5 to keep in one's mind or heart still held her close to his heart, though they had long parted Synonyms of hold bear, cherish, entertain, have, harbor, nurseWords Related to hold 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)Near Antonyms of hold disregard, drop, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook; abjure, decline, deny, disdain, refuse, reject, repudiate, scorn; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, give up, part (with), quit, renounce, throw out; erase, expunge

  6. 6 to keep, control, or experience as one's own the same family has held this piece of land for over 300 years Synonyms of hold command, enjoy, have, own, possess, retainWords Related to hold keep, reserve, withhold; bear, carry; boast, show off, sportNear Antonyms of hold abandon, cede, disclaim, disown, hand over, relinquish, renounce, surrender, yield; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; need, requireAntonyms of hold lack, want

  7. 7 to make or have room for the couple needed to rent a hall that would hold 300 people Synonyms of hold fit, accommodate, takeWords Related to hold carry, contain, seat; enclose (also inclose), encompass, enfold; harbor, house

  8. 8 to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms please hold my arm on these slippery stairs Synonyms of hold clasp, grasp, grip, takeWords Related to hold clench, cling (to), clutch, hold on (to); catch, nab, seize, snatchNear Antonyms of hold discharge, drop, free, liberate, release; deliver, entrust (also intrust), give, hand, hand over, pass, relinquish, transfer, transmit, turn over, unhand

  9. 9 to think of in a particular way held to be the best blueberry pies in the state Synonyms of hold account, call, count, esteem, consider, look (on or upon), rate, reckon, regard, set down, viewWords Related to hold believe, deem, feel, sense, think; conceive, fancy, imagine

  10. 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 Synonyms of hold bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, control, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameWords Related to hold bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of hold liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of hold lose

  11. 11 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal held a gun on the store clerk and ordered him to empty the till Synonyms of hold bend, cast, direct, head, aim, level, pinpoint, set, trainWords Related to hold sight; bear, face; concentrate, focus; incline, orient, steerNear Antonyms of hold avert, curve, deflect, detour, divert, rechannel, shunt, sidetrack

Synonym Discussion of hold

contain, hold, accommodate mean to have or be capable of having within. contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something.
    • the can contains a quart of oil
hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping.
    • the bookcase will hold all my textbooks
accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience.
    • the hall can accommodate 500 people

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