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hold

noun (n)

  • the act of grasping (noun.act)
    Example:
    She kept a firm hold on the railing.
    source: wordnet30
  • understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: appreciation, grasp
    source: wordnet30
  • power by which something or someone is affected or dominated (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He has a hold over them.
    source: wordnet30
  • time during which some action is awaited (noun.time)
    Example:
    He ordered a hold in the action.
    source: wordnet30
  • a state of being confined (usually for a short time) (noun.state)
    Example:
    The prisoner is on hold.
    source: wordnet30
  • a stronghold (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a cell in a jail or prison (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: keep
    source: wordnet30
  • the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: grip, handgrip, handle
    source: wordnet30
  • the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., (verb.stative)
    Synonym: keep, maintain
    Example:
    Hold in place.
    source: wordnet30
  • have or hold in one's hands or grip (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Hold this bowl for a moment, please.
    A crazy idea took hold of him.
    source: wordnet30
  • organize or be responsible for (verb.creation)
    Synonym: give, have, make, throw
    Example:
    Hold a reception.
    source: wordnet30
  • have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense (verb.possession)
    Synonym: have, have got
    Example:
    She holds a Master's degree from Harvard.
    source: wordnet30
  • keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: deem, take for, view as
    Example:
    Hold these truths to be self-evident.
    I hold him personally responsible.
    source: wordnet30
  • maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings) (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement (verb.contact)
    Synonym: confine, restrain
    Example:
    This holds the local until the express passengers change trains.
    source: wordnet30
  • secure and keep for possible future use or application (verb.possession)
    source: wordnet30
  • have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices (verb.possession)
    Synonym: bear
    source: wordnet30
  • be the physical support of; carry the weight of (verb.contact)
    Synonym: hold up, support, sustain
    Example:
    The beam holds up the roof.
    What's holding that mirror?.
    source: wordnet30
  • contain or hold; have within (verb.stative)
    Synonym: bear, carry, contain
    Example:
    The canteen holds fresh water.
    source: wordnet30
  • have room for; hold without crowding (verb.stative)
    Synonym: accommodate, admit
    Example:
    The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people.
    source: wordnet30
  • remain in a certain state, position, or condition (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • support or hold in a certain manner (verb.contact)
    Synonym: bear, carry
    Example:
    She holds her head high.
    source: wordnet30
  • be valid, applicable, or true (verb.stative)
    Synonym: obtain, prevail
    Example:
    This theory still holds.
    source: wordnet30
  • assert or affirm (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good.
    source: wordnet30
  • have as a major characteristic (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The novel holds many surprises.
    The book holds in store much valuable advise.
    source: wordnet30
  • be capable of holding or containing (verb.stative)
    Synonym: contain, take
    Example:
    The flask holds one gallon.
    source: wordnet30
  • arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance (verb.social)
    Synonym: book, reserve
    Example:
    Please hold a table at Maxim's.
    source: wordnet30
  • protect against a challenge or attack (verb.competition)
    Synonym: defend, guard
    Example:
    Hold that position behind the trees!.
    Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks.
    source: wordnet30
  • bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted (verb.communication)
    Synonym: bind, obligate, oblige
    Example:
    I'll hold you by your promise.
    source: wordnet30
  • hold the attention of (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    She can hold an audience spellbound.
    source: wordnet30
  • remain committed to (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    I hold to these ideas.
    source: wordnet30
  • resist or confront with resistance (verb.stative)
    Synonym: defy, hold up, withstand
    source: wordnet30
  • be pertinent or relevant or applicable (verb.stative)
    Synonym: apply, go for
    Example:
    This theory holds for all irrational numbers.
    source: wordnet30
  • stop dealing with (verb.stative)
    Example:
    Hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting.
    source: wordnet30
  • lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits (verb.social)
    Example:
    Hold your tongue.
    Hold your temper.
    source: wordnet30
  • keep from departing (verb.social)
    Example:
    Hold the taxi.
    Hold the horse.
    source: wordnet30
  • take and maintain control over, often by violent means (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to stop (verb.motion)
    Synonym: arrest, halt, stop
    source: wordnet30
  • cover as for protection against noise or smell (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Hold one's nose.
    source: wordnet30
  • drink alcohol without showing ill effects (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: carry
    Example:
    He can hold his liquor.
    source: wordnet30
  • aim, point, or direct (verb.competition)
    Example:
    Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames.
    source: wordnet30
  • declare to be (verb.communication)
    Synonym: adjudge, declare
    source: wordnet30
  • be in accord; be in agreement (verb.communication)
    Example:
    I hold with those who say life is sacred.
    source: wordnet30
  • keep from exhaling or expelling (verb.body)
    Example:
    Hold your breath.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: (verb)
    source: webster1913

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