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hold1

hold1

 
pronunciation:
hold
parts of speech:
verb, noun
phrases:
hold out, hold up
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part of speech: verb
inflections: holds, holding, held
definition 1: to have or contain within one's hand.
I picked up a cricket and held it gently.
synonyms:
clasp, clutch, grip
antonyms:
let go, release
similar words:
clench, contain, handle, have, palm, retain, seize
definition 2: to keep for a certain time.
Hold this letter until I return.
synonyms:
keep, preserve, reserve, retain
similar words:
maintain, save, take care of, watch
definition 3: to contain within a particular area.
The theater holds two hundred people.
synonyms:
accommodate, contain
similar words:
encompass, include, seat
definition 4: to keep by using force.
The pirates held the sailors as prisoners.
synonyms:
confine, coop, detain, restrain
antonyms:
let go, release
similar words:
contain, fix, imprison, jail, kidnap, pen, restrict, retain
definition 5: to organize and carry on; have; conduct.
Let's hold a meeting.
synonyms:
conduct, run
similar words:
administer, convene, manage, muster, occupy, preside
definition 6: to exercise control over.
She held her temper even though she was mad at her brother.
synonyms:
bottle up, contain, control, curb, keep, rein, restrain, restrict
similar words:
check, confine, leash, reserve, retain, slow, swallow, withhold
definition 7: to have in one's mind; to believe.
He holds odd ideas.
synonyms:
believe in, harbor, maintain, retain
similar words:
absorb, assert, embrace, endorse, entertain, support, uphold
definition 8: to keep the interest of.
Her speech held the audience.
synonyms:
engage, engross, enthrall, fascinate
similar words:
absorb, arrest, fix, grip, immerse, interest, occupy
definition 9: to keep to a particular position, condition, or course.
Hold still until I tell you to move.Hold to the main road.
synonyms:
hold tight, keep, persist, remain, stay
similar words:
stick
definition 10: to remain in force.
That rule about parking holds on weekends only.
synonyms:
stand
similar words:
follow, obtain, persist, prove, remain, square
phrase: hold out
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of taking or carrying with the hand; grasp; grip.
I dropped the table because I couldn't get a good hold on it.
synonyms:
clasp, grip
similar words:
clutch, hug, purchase
definition 2: something to grasp, such as a handle or other support.
When you climb a cliff, you must find holds for your hands and your feet.
synonyms:
grip, handle
similar words:
banister, handrail, knob
definition 3: the power to keep control over.
She has a hold on me.
synonyms:
grasp, grip, influence
similar words:
magnetism, power, sway
phrase: hold up
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  • holder:
    a thing that you use to hold something else.
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