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'hold' - used as a noun
Synonyms for 'hold'
1. the act of grasping
she kept a firm hold on the railing
2. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
3. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
he has a hold over them
4. time during which some action is awaited
he ordered a hold in the action
5. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
the prisoner is on hold
6. a stronghold
7. a cell in a jail or prison
8. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
9. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

'hold' - used as a verb
10. organize or be responsible for
hold a reception
11. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
hold in place
She always held herself as a lady
12. have or hold in one's hands or grip
Hold this bowl for a moment, please
A crazy idea took hold of him
13. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
This holds the local until the express passengers change trains
About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade
The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center
The terrorists held the journalists for ransom
14. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
He held the governorship for almost a decade
15. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
16. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
hold these truths to be self-evident
I hold him personally responsible
17. contain or hold; have within
The canteen holds fresh water
18. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
hold your tongue
hold your temper
19. remain in a certain state, position, or condition
The weather held
They held on the road and kept marching
20. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
21. assert or affirm
Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good
22. remain committed to
I hold to these ideas
23. secure and keep for possible future use or application
24. be the physical support of; carry the weight of
The beam holds up the roof
What's holding that mirror?
25. hold the attention of
The soprano held the audience
This story held our interest
She can hold an audience spellbound
26. keep from exhaling or expelling
hold your breath
27. support or hold in a certain manner
She holds her head high
28. have room for; hold without crowding
The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people
29. be capable of holding or containing
The flask holds one gallon
30. be valid, applicable, or true
This theory still holds
31. take and maintain control over, often by violent means
The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week
32. protect against a challenge or attack
Hold that position behind the trees!
Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks
33. declare to be
judge held that the defendant was innocent
34. have as a major characteristic
The novel holds many surprises
The book holds in store much valuable advise
35. cause to stop
36. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
He's held by a contract
I'll hold you by your promise
37. cover as for protection against noise or smell
She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate
hold one's nose
38. drink alcohol without showing ill effects
He can hold his liquor
39. be pertinent or relevant or applicable
This theory holds for all irrational numbers
40. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
please hold a table at Maxim's
41. resist or confront with resistance
The bridge held
42. keep from departing
Hold the taxi
Hold the horse
43. stop dealing with
hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting
44. aim, point, or direct
Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames
45. be in accord; be in agreement
I hold with those who say life is sacred

derived forms
1. Hold / Plural
2. Hold / Past
3. Hold / Third Person
4. Hold / Present Participle
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Variations of 'hold'
  • let go of
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    Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. - Click here to find out.
    Fact of the day
    The trunk of an elephant can hold up to two gallons of water.