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hold

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1 the act or manner of holding
  • Make sure you have a firm hold on the chain saw before you turn it on.
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2 a structure or place from which one can resist attack
  • the ruins of an ancient Roman hold
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3 the right or means to command or control others
  • The government has no hold over where we live and work.
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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.
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5 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.
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6 the state of being held in lawful custody
  • a suspect put in hold for questioning
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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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hang on to, hold on to

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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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hang on to, hold on to

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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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4 to have within
  • The mysterious chest held an ancient book on magic spells and potions.
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5 to keep in one's mind or heart
  • Justin still held her close to his heart, though they had long parted.
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hang on to, hold on to

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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 300 years.
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rejoice in

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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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hang on to, lay hold of

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9 to think of in a particular way
  • held to be the best barbeque in the state
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take for

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 performer
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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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