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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 next week to discuss this matter.
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 as an opinion or belief; believe; adhere to.
He holds some odd ideas, doesn't he?She still holds the belief that her son is alive.The author holds that the dropping of the bomb was not necessary to stop the war.
synonyms:
believe in, espouse, harbor, maintain
similar words:
absorb, assert, embrace, endorse, entertain, 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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