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hold

verb

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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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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
  • still held her close to his heart, though they had long parted

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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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hold

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of hold (Entry 2 of 2)

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 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

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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

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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

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Frequently Asked Questions About hold

How is the word hold different from other verbs like it?

The words accommodate and contain are common synonyms of hold. While all three words mean "to have or be capable of having within," hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping.

the bookcase will hold all my textbooks

When is it sensible to use accommodate instead of hold?

The words accommodate and hold are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience.

the hall can accommodate 500 people

When would contain be a good substitute for hold?

While the synonyms contain and hold are close in meaning, contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something.

the can contains a quart of oil

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The first known use of hold was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Hold.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hold. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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