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hold1

 
pronunciation:
hold
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
hold one's own, hold out
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: holds, holding, held
definition 1: to have or contain within one's hand or hands.
The child held the coin tightly.
synonyms:
clasp, clutch, grip
antonyms:
let go, release
similar words:
clench, contain, handle, have, palm, retain, seize
definition 2: to support and control by means of an instrument or part of the body.
He held the shrimp with his chopsticks.She held a newspaper under her arm.The man held the cigar between his lips.
synonyms:
clutch, grip
similar words:
suspend
definition 3: to keep until requested.
Hold this letter until I return.
synonyms:
keep, preserve, reserve, retain
similar words:
maintain, save, take care of, watch
definition 4: to contain within a specified area.
The theater holds fifty people.
synonyms:
accommodate, carry, contain
similar words:
encompass, include, seat
definition 5: to keep in a forcible manner.
She was held against her will.
synonyms:
confine, coop, detain, restrain
antonyms:
let go, release
similar words:
constrain, contain, fix, impound, imprison, incarcerate, jail, kidnap, pen, restrict, retain
definition 6: to organize, have, or preside over.
Let's hold a meeting.
synonyms:
conduct, run
antonyms:
disband
similar words:
administer, convene, manage, muster, observe, occupy, officiate, preside
definition 7: to exercise control over; restrain.
She held her temper despite the provocation.
synonyms:
bottle up, contain, control, curb, keep, rein, restrain, restrict
antonyms:
unleash
similar words:
check, confine, damp, impede, inhibit, leash, repress, reserve, retain, retard, slow, stay, suppress, swallow, withhold
definition 8: to have in one's mind.
He holds odd ideas.
synonyms:
believe in, harbor, maintain, retain
similar words:
absorb, assert, embrace, endorse, entertain, espouse, nurse, possess, support, uphold
definition 9: to maintain the interest of.
Her speech held the audience.
synonyms:
engage, engross, enthrall, fascinate
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
absorb, arrest, carry, fix, grip, immerse, interest, occupy, spellbind, transfix
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to keep to a specified position, condition, or course.
Hold still until I tell you to move.Hold to the main road.
synonyms:
continue, hold tight, keep, persist, remain, stay
similar words:
bite, hew, stick
definition 2: to maintain a position faithfully.
Hold to your ideas.
synonyms:
persist, stick, stick by
similar words:
adhere, carry on, cleave, cling, insist, keep
definition 3: to assent or agree (usu. fol by with).
She doesn't hold with such notions.
synonyms:
agree, approve, concur, subscribe
similar words:
believe, consider, defend
definition 4: to remain valid.
That regulation doesn't hold anymore.
synonyms:
hold water, stand
similar words:
follow, obtain, persist, prevail, prove, remain, square
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phrase: hold one's own
phrase: hold out
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of grasping by physical means.
synonyms:
clasp, grasp, grip
similar words:
bite, clinch, clutch, grapple, hug, purchase
definition 2: something to grasp, such as a handle or other support.
synonyms:
grip, handhold, handle
similar words:
banister, haft, handrail, knob
definition 3: a thing that adheres to something else.
synonyms:
grip
similar words:
clamp, clasp, clip, fastening
definition 4: an order to delay or reserve an item, action, or situation.
a hold on construction
synonyms:
delay, postponement
similar words:
deferment, hiatus, reservation
definition 5: a controlling influence.
She has a hold on me.
synonyms:
clutch, grasp, grip, influence
similar words:
clout, leash, magnetism, mastery, power, sway
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  • holder:
    a thing that you use to hold something else.
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