Definition of Hold
1. Noun. The act of grasping. "She kept a firm hold on the railing"
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"
Specialized synonyms: Pressurise, Pressurize, Bear On, Carry On, Continue, Preserve, Uphold, Hold Over, Conserve, Preserve, Distance, Housekeep
Also: Hold Back, Hold Out, Hold Out, Hold Over, Hold Up, Keep Apart, Keep Down, Keep In, Keep Off, Keep Off, Keep Out, Keep Up, Keep Up
Derivative terms: Maintainable, Maintainer
3. Noun. Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something. "He has a good grasp of accounting practices"
Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Discernment, Savvy, Understanding
Specialized synonyms: Sense
Derivative terms: Grasp
4. Verb. Have or hold in one's hands or grip. "They want to hold the prisoners "; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
Specialized synonyms: Grasp, Hold On, Cling To, Clutch, Hold Close, Hold Tight, Cradle, Clinch, Interlace, Interlock, Lock, Trap, Cradle
Antonyms: Let Go Of
5. Noun. Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated. "He has a hold over them"
6. Verb. Organize or be responsible for. "Give a course"
7. Noun. Time during which some action is awaited. "He ordered a hold in the action"
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"
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"
10. Verb. Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view. "I hold him personally responsible"
11. Noun. A stronghold.
12. Verb. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings). "Harbor a resentment"
13. Noun. A cell in a jail or prison.
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"
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"
Generic synonyms: Appendage
Group relationships: Aspergill, Aspersorium, Baggage, Luggage, Baseball Bat, Lumber, Briefcase, Brush, Carpet Beater, Rug Beater, Carrycot, Cheese Cutter, Coffee Cup, Coffeepot, Bat, Cricket Bat, Cutlery, Eating Utensil, Edge Tool, Faucet, Spigot, Frying Pan, Frypan, Skillet, Handbarrow, Cart, Go-cart, Handcart, Pushcart, Handlebar, French Telephone, Handset, Hand Tool, Ladle, Mug, Racket, Racquet, Saucepan, Spatula, Teacup, Umbrella, Watering Can, Watering Pot
Specialized synonyms: Ax Handle, Axe Handle, Broom Handle, Broomstick, Crop, Haft, Helve, Hilt, Hoe Handle, Knob, Mop Handle, Panhandle, Pommel, Saddlebow, Pommel, Rake Handle, Stock, Gunstock, Stock
Terms within: Shank, Stem
Derivative terms: Grip, Handle
16. Verb. Secure and keep for possible future use or application. "They hold the money "; "I reserve the right to disagree"
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.
Generic synonyms: Enclosure
Group relationships: Ship
18. Verb. Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices. "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
19. Verb. Be the physical support of; carry the weight of. "What's holding that mirror?"
Specialized synonyms: Scaffold, Block, Carry, Chock, Buoy, Buoy Up, Pole, Bracket, Underpin, Prop, Prop Up, Shore, Shore Up, Truss, Brace
Derivative terms: Holder, Support, Support, Support, Supporter, Supporting
20. Verb. Contain or hold; have within. "They hold the animals"; "This can contains water"
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"
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"
23. Verb. Support or hold in a certain manner. "He carried himself upright"
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"
25. Verb. Assert or affirm. "They hold that there was a traffic accident "; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
Generic synonyms: Affirm, Assert, Aver, Avow, Swan, Swear, Verify
26. Verb. Have as a major characteristic. "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
27. Verb. Be capable of holding or containing. "The flask holds one gallon"
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"
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"
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"
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"
33. Verb. Resist or confront with resistance. "The bridge held"
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"
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"
Specialized synonyms: Bound, Confine, Limit, Restrain, Restrict, Throttle, Trammel, Conquer, Curb, Inhibit, Stamp Down, Subdue, Suppress, Damp, Crucify, Mortify, Subdue, Abnegate, Deny, Restrict, Train, Catch, Bate, Thermostat, Counteract, Countercheck
Generic synonyms: Hold Back, Keep, Keep Back, Restrain
Derivative terms: Check, Control, Curb, Moderation
37. Verb. Keep from departing. "Hold the horse"
38. Verb. Take and maintain control over, often by violent means. "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
39. Verb. Cause to stop. "They hold the animals"; "Halt the presses"
40. Verb. Cover as for protection against noise or smell. "Hold one's nose"
41. Verb. Drink alcohol without showing ill effects. "He had drunk more than he could carry"
42. Verb. Aim, point, or direct. "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
43. Verb. Declare to be. "Judge held that the defendant was innocent"
Generic synonyms: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Acknowledge, Admit, Superannuate, Bastardise, Bastardize, Certify, Call, Beatify, Canonise, Canonize, Saint, Judge, Label, Pronounce, Cancel, Strike Down, Formalise, Formalize
Derivative terms: Declarative
44. Verb. Be in accord; be in agreement. "Sam wants to hold with Sue "; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
Specialized synonyms: Settle, Conciliate, Make Up, Patch Up, Reconcile, Settle, See Eye To Eye, Concede, Grant, Yield, Subscribe, Support, Conclude, Resolve, Arrange, Fix Up
Related verbs: Agree
Derivative terms: Agreeable, Agreement, Concord, Concordance, Concurrence
45. Verb. Keep from exhaling or expelling. "Hold your breath"
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
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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)