Definition of Hold

1. Noun. The act of grasping. "She kept a firm hold on the railing"

Exact synonyms: Clasp, Clench, Clutch, Clutches, Grasp, Grip
Specialized synonyms: Choke Hold, Chokehold, Embrace, Embracement, Embracing, Wrestling Hold
Generic synonyms: Grasping, Prehension, Seizing, Taking Hold
Derivative terms: Clasp, Clasp, Clench, Clutch, Clutch, Grasp, Grip, Grip

2. Verb. Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,. "The students keep me on my toes"

3. Verb. Have or hold in one's hands or grip. "They want to hold the prisoners "; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
Exact synonyms: Take Hold
Specialized synonyms: Grasp, Hold On, Cling To, Clutch, Hold Close, Hold Tight, Cradle, Clinch, Interlace, Interlock, Lock, Trap, Cradle
Antonyms: Let Go Of

4. Noun. Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something. "He has a good grasp of accounting practices"
Exact synonyms: Appreciation, Grasp
Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Discernment, Savvy, Understanding
Specialized synonyms: Sense
Derivative terms: Grasp

5. Noun. Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated. "He has a hold over them"
Generic synonyms: Control

6. Verb. Organize or be responsible for. "Give a course"
Exact synonyms: Give, Have, Make, Throw
Generic synonyms: Direct

7. Noun. Time during which some action is awaited. "He ordered a hold in the action"
Exact synonyms: Delay, Postponement, Time Lag, Wait
Generic synonyms: Break, Intermission, Interruption, Pause, Suspension
Specialized synonyms: Extension, Moratorium, Retardation
Derivative terms: Delay, Delay, Wait

8. Verb. Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense. "They hold the money "; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
Exact synonyms: Have, Have Got
Specialized synonyms: Keep, Maintain, Sustain, Hold On, Keep, Keep, Keep, Maintain, Keep, Monopolise, Monopolize, Exert, Maintain, Wield, Carry, Stock, Stockpile, Bear, Carry
Related verbs: Feature, Have
Derivative terms: Have, Holding

9. Noun. A state of being confined (usually for a short time). "He is in the custody of police"
Exact synonyms: Custody, Detainment, Detention
Generic synonyms: Confinement
Derivative terms: Detain

10. Verb. Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view. "I hold him personally responsible"
Exact synonyms: Deem, Take For, View As
Generic synonyms: Consider, Reckon, Regard, See, View

11. Noun. A stronghold.
Generic synonyms: Fastness, Stronghold
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism

12. Verb. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings). "Harbor a resentment"
Exact synonyms: Entertain, Harbor, Harbour, Nurse
Generic synonyms: Experience, Feel

13. Noun. A cell in a jail or prison.
Exact synonyms: Keep
Generic synonyms: Cell, Jail Cell, Prison Cell
Derivative terms: Keep

14. Verb. To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement. "They want to hold the prisoners "; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
Exact synonyms: Confine, Restrain
Generic synonyms: Disable, Disenable, Incapacitate
Specialized synonyms: Bind, Tie Down, Tie Up, Truss, Fetter, Shackle, Enchain, Pinion, Shackle, Impound, Pound, Pound, Pound Up, Fold, Pen Up, Ground
Derivative terms: Restrainer, Restraint

15. Noun. The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it. "It was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

16. Verb. Secure and keep for possible future use or application. "They hold the money "; "I reserve the right to disagree"
Exact synonyms: Hold Back, Keep Back, Retain
Generic synonyms: Hold On, Keep
Specialized synonyms: Hold Down
Derivative terms: Holding, Retention

17. Noun. The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo.
Exact synonyms: Cargo Area, Cargo Deck, Cargo Hold, Storage Area
Generic synonyms: Enclosure
Group relationships: Ship

18. Verb. Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices. "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
Exact synonyms: Bear
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got
Derivative terms: Bearer, Holder

19. Verb. Be the physical support of; carry the weight of. "What's holding that mirror?"

20. Verb. Contain or hold; have within. "They hold the animals"; "This can contains water"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Carry, Contain
Generic synonyms: Include
Related verbs: Contain, Take
Specialized synonyms: Retain, Confine, Enclose, Hold In
Derivative terms: Carry, Container, Content, Continent

21. Verb. Have room for; hold without crowding. "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
Exact synonyms: Accommodate, Admit
Related verbs: Contain, Take
Specialized synonyms: Sleep, House, Seat
Derivative terms: Admittible

22. Verb. Remain in a certain state, position, or condition. "They held on the road and kept marching"
Generic synonyms: Continue, Go Along, Go On, Keep, Proceed

23. Verb. Support or hold in a certain manner. "He carried himself upright"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Carry
Specialized synonyms: Sling, Stoop, Piggyback, Balance, Poise, Acquit, Bear, Behave, Carry, Comport, Conduct, Deport
Related verbs: Bear
Derivative terms: Bearing, Carriage, Carry

24. Verb. Be valid, applicable, or true. "This theory still holds"
Exact synonyms: Obtain, Prevail
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist

25. Verb. Assert or affirm. "They hold that there was a traffic accident "; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
Related verbs: Deem, Take For, View As
Generic synonyms: Affirm, Assert, Aver, Avow, Swan, Swear, Verify

26. Verb. Have as a major characteristic. "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
Generic synonyms: Be

27. Verb. Be capable of holding or containing. "The flask holds one gallon"
Exact synonyms: Contain, Take
Generic synonyms: Be
Related verbs: Bear, Carry, Contain, Accommodate, Admit

28. Verb. Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance. "Please hold a table at Maxim's"
Exact synonyms: Book, Reserve
Generic synonyms: Bespeak, Call For, Quest, Request
Related verbs: Reserve
Entails: Procure, Secure
Specialized synonyms: Hold Open, Keep, Keep Open, Save
Derivative terms: Bookable, Booking, Reservation, Reservation

29. Verb. Protect against a challenge or attack. "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
Exact synonyms: Defend, Guard
Generic synonyms: Protect
Derivative terms: Defence, Defender, Defensible, Defensive

30. Verb. Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted. "I'll hold you by your promise"
Exact synonyms: Bind, Obligate, Oblige
Specialized synonyms: Pledge, Article, Indent, Indenture, Tie Down
Generic synonyms: Relate
Derivative terms: Bind, Obligation, Obligation, Obligation

31. Verb. Hold the attention of. "She can hold an audience spellbound"

32. Verb. Remain committed to. "I hold to these ideas"
Generic synonyms: Believe, Conceive, Consider, Think

33. Verb. Resist or confront with resistance. "The bridge held"
Exact synonyms: Defy, Hold Up, Withstand
Generic synonyms: Hold Out, Resist, Stand Firm, Withstand
Specialized synonyms: Brave, Brave Out, Endure, Weather
Derivative terms: Defiant, Withstander

34. Verb. Be pertinent or relevant or applicable. "The same rules go for everyone"
Exact synonyms: Apply, Go For
Generic synonyms: Bear On, Come To, Concern, Have-to Doe With, Pertain, Refer, Relate, Touch, Touch On
Related verbs: Apply, Lend Oneself
Derivative terms: Applicable, Applicative

35. Verb. Stop dealing with. "Hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

36. Verb. Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits. "Control your anger"

37. Verb. Keep from departing. "Hold the horse"
Generic synonyms: Keep, Prevent

38. Verb. Take and maintain control over, often by violent means. "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
Related verbs: Defend, Guard
Generic synonyms: Command, Control

39. Verb. Cause to stop. "They hold the animals"; "Halt the presses"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Halt
Generic synonyms: Stop
Derivative terms: Arrester, Halt, Halt, Halt

40. Verb. Cover as for protection against noise or smell. "Hold one's nose"
Generic synonyms: Cover

41. Verb. Drink alcohol without showing ill effects. "He had drunk more than he could carry"
Exact synonyms: Carry
Generic synonyms: Booze, Drink, Fuddle

42. Verb. Aim, point, or direct. "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
Generic synonyms: Aim, Direct, Take, Take Aim, Train

43. Verb. Declare to be. "Judge held that the defendant was innocent"

44. Verb. Be in accord; be in agreement. "Sam wants to hold with Sue "; "Both philosophers concord on this point"

45. Verb. Keep from exhaling or expelling. "Hold your breath"
Generic synonyms: Hold Back, Keep, Keep Back, Restrain

Definition of Hold

1. n. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.

2. v. t. 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.

3. v. i. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:

4. n. The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; gripe; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay.

Definition of Hold

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Gracious; friendly; faithful; true. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To grasp or grip. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To contain or store. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To have and keep possession of something. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To reserve. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To cause to wait or delay. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To detain. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To maintain, to consider, to opine. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To bind (someone) to a consequence of that person's actions. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To be or remain valid; to apply; to ''hold true''; to ''hold good''. ¹

11. Verb. (tennis ambitransitive) To win one's own service game. ¹

12. Verb. to organise an event or meeting ¹

13. Noun. A grasp or grip. ¹

14. Noun. Something reserved or kept. ¹

15. Noun. (wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent. ¹

16. Noun. (gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble. ¹

17. Noun. (tennis) An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken. ¹

18. Noun. ¹

19. Noun. (sense aviation) cargo bin ¹

20. Noun. (nautical) , (aviation) The cargo area of a ship or aircraft, (often ''cargo hold''). ¹

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Definition of Hold

1. to maintain possession of [v HELD, HOLDEN, HOLDING, HOLDS] : HOLDABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Hold

1. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: 1. Not to more; 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. "Our force by land hath nobly held." (Shak) 3. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist. "While our obedience holds." (Milton) "The rule holds in land as all other commodities." (Locke) 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. "His dauntless heart would fain have held From weeping, but his eyes rebelled." (Dryden) 6. To derive right or title; generally with of. "My crown is absolute, and holds of none." (Dryden) "His imagination holds immediately from nature." (Hazlitt) Hold on! Hold up! 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. To hold off, to keep at a distance. To hold on, to keep fast hold; to continue; to go on. "The trade held on for many years," . To hold out, to last; to endure; to continue; to maintain one's self; not to yield or give way. To hold over, to remain in office, possession, etc, beyond a certain date. To hold to or with, 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. To support one's self; to remain unbent or unbroken; as, to hold up under misfortunes. To cease raining; to cease to stop; as, it holds up. To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hold

holandric gene
holandric inheritance
hold (current term)
hold-up play
hold a candle
hold a grudge
hold a torch for
hold against
hold all of the aces
hold all of the cards
hold all the aces
hold all the cards

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