ahold vs hold :


  • n  the act of grasping
    she kept a firm hold on the railing
  • n  understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
  • n  power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
    he has a hold over them
  • n  time during which some action is awaited
    he ordered a hold in the action
  • n  a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    the prisoner is on hold
  • n  a stronghold
  • n  a cell in a jail or prison
  • n  the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
  • n  the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
  • v  keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
    hold in place
  • v  have or hold in one's hands or grip
    A crazy idea took hold of him
  • v  organize or be responsible for
    hold a reception
  • v  have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
    She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
  • v  keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
    hold these truths to be self-evident
    I hold him personally responsible
  • v  maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
  • v  to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
    This holds the local until the express passengers change trains
  • v  secure and keep for possible future use or application
  • v  have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
  • v  be the physical support of; carry the weight of
    The beam holds up the roof
    What's holding that mirror?
  • v  contain or hold; have within
    The canteen holds fresh water
  • v  have room for; hold without crowding
    The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people
  • v  remain in a certain state, position, or condition
  • v  support or hold in a certain manner
    She holds her head high
  • v  be valid, applicable, or true
    This theory still holds
  • v  assert or affirm
    Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good
  • v  have as a major characteristic
    The novel holds many surprises
    The book holds in store much valuable advise
  • v  be capable of holding or containing
    The flask holds one gallon
  • v  arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
    please hold a table at Maxim's
  • v  protect against a challenge or attack
  • v  bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
    I'll hold you by your promise
  • v  hold the attention of
    She can hold an audience spellbound
  • v  remain committed to
    I hold to these ideas
  • v  resist or confront with resistance
  • v  be pertinent or relevant or applicable
    This theory holds for all irrational numbers
  • v  stop dealing with
    hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting
  • v  lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
    hold your tongue
    hold your temper
  • v  keep from departing
  • v  take and maintain control over, often by violent means
  • v  cause to stop
  • v  cover as for protection against noise or smell
    hold one's nose
  • v  drink alcohol without showing ill effects
    He can hold his liquor
  • v  aim, point, or direct
  • v  declare to be
  • v  be in accord; be in agreement
    I hold with those who say life is sacred
  • v  keep from exhaling or expelling
    hold your breath
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