verb (used with object), held; held or (Archaic) holden; holding.
to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp:
She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child’s hand in his.
to set aside; reserve or retain:
to hold merchandise until called for; to hold a reservation.
to bear, sustain, or support, as with the hands or arms, or by any other means.
to keep in a specified state, relation, etc.:
The preacher held them spellbound.
The police held him at the station house.
to engage in; preside over; carry on:
to hold a meeting.
to keep back from action; hinder; restrain:
Fear held him from acting.
to have the ownership or use of; keep as one’s own; occupy:
to hold political office.
to contain or be capable of containing:
This bottle holds a quart.
to bind or make accountable to an obligation:
We will hold you to your promise to pay back the money.
to have or keep in the mind; think or believe:
We hold this belief.
to regard or consider:
to hold a person responsible.
to decide legally.
to consider of a certain value; rate:
We held her best of all the applicants.
to keep forcibly, as against an adversary:
Enemy forces held the hill.
to point, aim, or direct:
He held a gun on the prisoner. The firefighter held a hose on the blaze.
Music. to sustain (a note, chord, or rest).
to omit from the usual order or combination:
Give me a burger well-done—hold the pickle.
verb (used without object), held; held or (Archaic) holden; holding.
to remain or continue in a specified state, relation, etc.:
Hold still while I take your picture.
to remain fast; adhere; cling:
Will this button hold?
to keep or maintain a grasp on something.
to maintain one’s position against opposition; continue in resistance.
to agree or side (usually followed by with):
to hold with new methods.
to hold property by some tenure; derive title (usually followed by by, from, in, or of).
to remain attached, faithful, or steadfast (usually followed by to):
to hold to one’s purpose.
to remain valid; be in force:
The rule does not hold.
to refrain or forbear (usually used imperatively).
an act of holding fast by a grasp of the hand or by some other physical means; grasp; grip:
Take hold. Do you have a hold on the rope?
something to hold a thing by, as a handle; something to grasp, especially for support.
something that holds fast or supports something else.
an order reserving something:
to put a hold on a library book.
Finance. a security purchased or recommended for long-term growth.
a controlling force or dominating influence:
to have a hold on a person.
Wrestling. a method of seizing an opponent and keeping him in control:
a toe hold.
a pause or delay, as in a continuing series:
a hold in the movements of a dance.
a prison or prison cell.
a receptacle for something:
a basket used as a hold for letters.
Rocketry. a halt in the prelaunch countdown, either planned or unexpectedly called, to allow correction of one or more faults in the rocket or missile.
a fortified place; .
(on telephones with two or more lines) a feature that enables a person to maintain a connection on one line while answering another line.
get hold of,
hold one’s own. (def 11).
hold one’s peace. (def 14).
hold one’s tongue. (def 33).
hold water. (def 37).
no holds barred, without limits, rules, or restraints.
Aviation. the cargo compartment of an aircraft.
verb holds, holding, held (hɛld)
to have or keep (an object) with or within the hands, arms, etc; clasp
(transitive) to support or bear: to hold a drowning man’s head above water
to maintain or be maintained in a specified state or condition: to hold one’s emotions in check, hold firm
(transitive) to set aside or reserve: they will hold our tickets until tomorrow
(when intransitive, usually used in commands) to restrain or be restrained from motion, action, departure, etc: hold that man until the police come
(intransitive) to remain fast or unbroken: that cable won’t hold much longer
(intransitive) (of the weather) to remain dry and bright: how long will the weather hold?
(transitive) to keep the attention of: her singing held the audience
(transitive) to engage in or carry on: to hold a meeting
(transitive) to have the ownership, possession, etc, of: he holds a law degree from London, who’s holding the ace of spades?
(transitive) to have the use of or responsibility for: to hold the office of director
(transitive) to have the space or capacity for: the carton will hold only eight books
(transitive) to be able to control the outward effects of drinking beer, spirits, etc: he can hold his drink well
often foll by to or by. to remain or cause to remain committed to: hold him to his promise, he held by his views in spite of opposition
(transitive; takes a clause as object) to claim: he holds that the theory is incorrect
(intransitive) to remain relevant, valid, or true: the old philosophies don’t hold nowadays
(transitive) to keep in the mind: to hold affection for someone
(transitive) to regard or consider in a specified manner: I hold him very dear
(transitive) to guard or defend successfully: hold the fort against the attack
(intransitive) to continue to go: hold on one’s way
(sometimes foll by on) (music) to sustain the sound of (a note) throughout its specified duration: to hold on a semibreve for its full value
(transitive) (computing) to retain (data) in a storage device after copying onto another storage device or onto another location in the same device Compare clear (sense 49)
(transitive) to be in possession of illegal drugs
hold for, hold good for, to apply or be relevant to: the same rules hold for everyone
(South African) holding thumbs, holding the thumb of one hand with the other, in the hope of bringing good luck
hold one’s head high, to conduct oneself in a proud and confident manner
hold one’s own, to maintain one’s situation or position esp in spite of opposition or difficulty
hold one’s peace, hold one’s tongue, to keep silent
hold water, to prove credible, logical, or consistent
there is no holding him, he is so spirited or resolute that he cannot be restrained
the act or method of holding fast or grasping, as with the hands
something to hold onto, as for support or control
an object or device that holds fast or grips something else so as to hold it fast
controlling force or influence: she has a hold on him
a short delay or pause
a prison or a cell in a prison
(wrestling) a way of seizing one’s opponent: a wrist hold
(music) a pause or fermata
(archaic) a fortified place
get hold of
no holds barred, all limitations removed
on hold, in a state of temporary postponement or delay
the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), “to contain, grasp; retain; foster, cherish,” class VII strong verb (past tense heold, past participle healden), from Proto-Germanic *haldanan (cf. Old Saxon haldan, Old Frisian halda, Old Norse halda, Dutch houden, German halten “to hold,” Gothic haldan “to tend”), originally “to keep, tend, watch over” (as cattle), later “to have.” Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.
Hold back is 1530s, transitive; 1570s, intransitive; hold off is early 15c., transitive; c.1600, intransitive; hold out is 1520s as “to stretch forth,” 1580s as “to resist pressure.” Hold on is early 13c. as “to maintain one’s course,” 1830 as “to keep one’s grip on something,” 1846 as an order to wait or stop. To hold (one’s) tongue “be silent” is from c.1300. To hold (one’s) own is from early 14c. To hold (someone’s) hand “give moral support” is from 1935. Phrase hold your horses “be patient” is from 1844. To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c.1200, originally of marriage but also of real estate.
“act of holding,” c.1100; “grasp, grip,” c.1200, from Old English geheald (Anglian gehald) “keeping, custody, guard; watch, protector, guardian,” from hold (v.). Meaning “place of refuge” is from c.1200; “fortified place” is from c.1300; “place of imprisonment” is from late 14c. Wrestling sense is from 1713. No holds barred “with all restrictions removed” is first recorded 1942 in theater jargon but is ultimately from wrestling. Telephoning sense is from c.1964, from expression hold the line, warning that one is away from the receiver, 1912.
“space in a ship below the lower deck, in which cargo is stowed,” 15c. corruption in the direction of hold (v.) of Old English hol “hole” (see hole), influenced by Middle Dutch hol “hold of a ship,” and Middle English hul, which originally meant both “the hold” and “the hull” of a ship (see hull). Or possibly from Old English holu “husk, pod.” All from PIE *kel- “to cover, conceal.”
no holds barred
a fortress, the name given to David’s lurking-places (1 Sam. 22:4, 5; 24:22).
noun 1. a person who commits an armed robbery.
[hohld] /hoʊld/ verb (used with object), held; held or (Archaic) holden; holding. 1. to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child’s hand in his. 2. to set aside; reserve or retain: to hold merchandise until called for; to hold a reservation. […]
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