Pronunciation: hōld
n.1.(Naut.) The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
v. t.1.
1.To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
The loops held one curtain to another.
- Ex. xxxvi. 12.
Thy right hand shall hold me.
- Ps. cxxxix. 10.
They all hold swords, being expert in war.
- Cant. iii. 8.
In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.
- Spenser.
2.To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
3.To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.
- Knolles.
4.To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
We can not hold mortality's strong hand.
- Shak.
Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.
- Grashaw.
5.To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
Hold not thy peace, and be not still.
- Ps. lxxxiii. 1.
6.To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.
I would hold more talk with thee.
- Shak.
7.To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
Broken cisterns that can hold no water.
- Jer. ii. 13.
8.To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.
- 2 Thes. ii.15.
9.To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
I hold him but a fool.
- Shak.
I shall never hold that man my friend.
- Shak.
10.To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
Let him hold his fingers thus.
- Shak.
To hold a wager
to lay or hazard a wager.
To hold forth
a - to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put forward.
- Swift.
b - To talk at length; to harangue.
- Locke.
To held in
to restrain; to curd.
To hold in hand
to toy with; to keep in expectation; to have in one's power.
O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods,
And hold a lady in hand.
- Beaw. & Fl.
v. i.1.In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
1.Not to move; to halt; to stop; - mostly in the imperative.
And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"
- Shak.
2.Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
3.Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
4.Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; - often with with, to, or for.
He will hold to the one and despise the other.
- Matt. vi. 24
5.To restrain one's self; to refrain.
6.To derive right or title; - generally with of.
Hold on!
wait; stop; forbear.
To hold forth
to speak in public; to harangue; to preach.
To hold in
to restrain one's self; as, he wanted to laugh and could hardly hold in.
- L'Estrange.
To hold off
to keep at a distance.
To hold on
to keep fast hold; to continue; to go on.
To hold out
to last; to endure; to continue; to maintain one's self; not to yield or give way.
- Swift.
To hold over
to remain in office, possession, etc., beyond a certain date.
To hold to
to take sides with, as a person or opinion.
To hold together
to be joined; not to separate; to remain in union.
To hold up
a - To support one's self; to remain unbent or unbroken; as, to hold up under misfortunes.
- Dryden.
b - To cease raining; to cease to stop; as, it holds up.
c - To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground.
- Hudibras.
n.1.The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; - often used with the verbs take and lay.
Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold.
- Chaucer.
Thou should'st lay hold upon him.
- B. Jonson.
My soul took hold on thee.
- Addison.
Take fast hold of instruction.
- Pror. iv. 13.
2.The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
The law hath yet another hold on you.
- Shak.
3.Binding power and influence.
Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of.
- Tillotson.
4.Something that may be grasped; means of support.
5.A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
They . . . put them in hold unto the next day.
- Acts. iv. 3.
6.A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.
New comers in an ancient hold
- Tennyson.
7.(Mus.) A character [thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.
Noun1.hold - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
2.Holdhold - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
Synonyms: appreciation, grasp
3.hold - power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
4.hold - time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
5.hold - a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
Synonyms: custody, detention
6.hold - a stronghold
7.hold - a cell in a jail or prison
Synonyms: keep
8.hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
Synonyms: handgrip, handle, grip
9.hold - the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
Verb1.hold - organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
Synonyms: give, have, throw, make
2.hold - keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
Synonyms: keep, maintain
3.hold - have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
Synonyms: take hold
let go, let go of, release, relinquish - release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
4.hold - 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"
Synonyms: restrain, confine
5.hold - have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
Synonyms: bear
6.hold - have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
Synonyms: have, have got
7.hold - keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
Synonyms: deem, take for, view as
8.hold - contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
Synonyms: contain, bear, carry
9.hold - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
10.hold - remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
11.hold - maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
12.hold - assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
13.hold - remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
14.hold - secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
15.hold - be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
Synonyms: hold up, support, sustain
16.hold - hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
17.hold - keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
18.hold - support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
Synonyms: carry, bear
19.hold - have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
Synonyms: accommodate, admit
20.hold - be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
Synonyms: contain, take
21.hold - be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
Synonyms: prevail, obtain
22.hold - take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
23.hold - protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
Synonyms: defend, guard
24.hold - declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
Synonyms: adjudge, declare
25.hold - have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
26.hold - cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
Synonyms: halt, arrest
27.hold - bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
Synonyms: oblige, obligate, bind
28.hold - cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
29.hold - drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
Synonyms: carry
30.hold - be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
Synonyms: go for, apply
31.hold - arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
Synonyms: book, reserve
32.hold - resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
Synonyms: defy, withstand, hold up
33.hold - keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
34.hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
35.hold - aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
36.hold - be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
Synonyms: agree, concur, concord

TO HOLD. These words are now used in a deed to express by what tenure the grantee is to have the land. The clause which commences with these words is called the tenendum. Vide Habendum; Tenendum.
     2. To hold, also means to decide, to adjudge, to decree; as, the court in that case held that the husband was not liable for the contract of the wife, made without his express or implied authority.
     3. It also signifies to bind under a contract, as the obligor is held and firmly bound. In the constitution of the United States, it is provided, that no person held to service or labor in one state under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on the claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due. Art. 4, sec. 3, Sec. 3; 2 Serg. & R. 306; 3 Id. 4; 5 Id. 52; 1 Wash. C. C. R. 500; 2 Pick. 11; 16 Pet. 539, 674.

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