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holds

verb
present tense third-person singular of hold

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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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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holds

noun
plural of 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 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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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 suspected terrorist who was abducted at an airport and put in hold at an undisclosed location

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