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  • 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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  • To hold March's meeting of the G-20, London shelled out an estimated $131 million a big number for any city to absorb, and more than four times the expected cost.
  • An average person in good health can hold his breath for about two minutes, but with even small amounts of practice it is possible to increase that time dramatically.
News & Articles


  • Barack Obama in Allentown Morning Call
    Obama said his decision was necessary "to hold ourselves accountable to standards that are at the core of our democracy."
  • Dan Gilbert in Technorati (blog)
    It's not about him leaving,Gilbert said. "It's the disrespect. It's time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I've been holding this all in for a long time."
  • Jason Alexander in The Associated Press
    I'm giving you this one — giving it to you,Alexander told an opponent after folding to his bet. "I somehow didn't think my ace-three off was going to hold up."

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