Synonyms and Antonyms of hold
to have or keep in one's hands
- This casserole dish is too hot to hold, so grab a potholder.
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
drop, give, hand, unclasp, unhand
cede, deliver, give up, hand out, hand over, release, relinquish, render, turn over, yield
to continue to have in one's possession or power
- She, and she alone, held the keys to the mysterious chest.
conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save
boast, enjoy, have, own, possess
command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule
cherish, cling (to), hug, treasure
to have as an opinion
- "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
believe, conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, think
to have within
- The mysterious chest held an ancient book on magic spells and potions.
to keep in one's mind or heart
- Justin still held her close to his heart, though they had long parted.
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)
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
to keep, control, or experience as one's own
- The same family has held this piece of land for over 300 years.
abandon, cede, disclaim, disown, hand over, relinquish, renounce, surrender, yield
decline, reject, repudiate, spurn
to make or have room for
- The couple needed to rent a hall that would hold 300 people.
to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms
- Please hold my arm on these slippery stairs.
discharge, drop, free, liberate, release
deliver, entrust (also intrust), give, hand, hand over, pass, relinquish, transfer, transmit, turn over, unhand
to think of in a particular way
- held to be the best barbeque in the state
account, call, consider, count, esteem, 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.
bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, govern, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tame
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, silence
to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
- held the camera on the performer