1. The act of grasping (synset 100814187)
    "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
  2. Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something (synset 105814631)
    "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  3. Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated (synset 105204500)
    "he has a hold over them"
  4. Time during which some action is awaited (synset 115297015)
    "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
  5. A state of being confined (usually for a short time) (synset 114023148)
    "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
  6. A stronghold (synset 103530552)
  7. A cell in a jail or prison (synset 103530432)
  8. The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it (synset 103491080)
    "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  9. The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo (synset 102968086)
  1. Cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity;
    E.g., `keep clean' (synset 202687605)
    "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
  2. Have or hold in one's hands or grip (synset 201219234)
    "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
  3. Organize or be responsible for (synset 201737358)
    "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
  4. Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense (synset 202208144)
    "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
  5. Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view (synset 200695546)
    "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
  6. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings) (synset 201777051)
    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
  7. To close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement (synset 201304044)
    "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
  8. Secure and keep for possible future use or application (synset 202288169)
    "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  9. Have rightfully;
    Of rights, titles, and offices (synset 202307200)
    "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  10. Be the physical support of;
    Carry the weight of (synset 201219607)
    "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
  11. Contain or hold;
    Have within (synset 202706727)
    "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
  12. Have room for;
    Hold without crowding (synset 202738673)
    "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
  13. Remain in a certain state, position, or condition (synset 202689312)
    "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
  14. Support or hold in a certain manner (synset 201604155)
    "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
  15. Be valid, applicable, or true (synset 202654604)
    "This theory still holds"
  16. Assert or affirm (synset 200685690)
    "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  17. Have as a major characteristic (synset 202752150)
    "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
  18. Be capable of holding or containing (synset 202707070)
    "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
  19. Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance (synset 202503969)
    "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
  20. Protect against a challenge or attack (synset 201132302)
    "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
  21. Bind by an obligation;
    Cause to be indebted (synset 200886738)
    "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
  22. Hold the attention of (synset 200738591)
    "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
  23. Remain committed to (synset 200608395)
    "I hold to these ideas"
  24. Resist or confront with resistance (synset 202712676)
    "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
  25. Be pertinent or relevant or applicable (synset 202682599)
    "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
  26. Stop dealing with (synset 202649658)
    "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
  27. Lessen the intensity of;
    Hold in restraint;
    Hold or keep within limits (synset 202516039)
    "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
  28. Keep from departing (synset 202456020)
    "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
  29. Take and maintain control over, often by violent means (synset 202446762)
    "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
  30. Cause to stop (synset 201863572)
    "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
  31. Cover as for protection against noise or smell (synset 201337426)
    "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
  32. Drink alcohol without showing ill effects (synset 201207773)
    "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
  33. Aim, point, or direct (synset 201154219)
    "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  34. Declare to be (synset 200824028)
    "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
  35. Be in accord;
    Be in agreement (synset 200807038)
    "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
  36. Keep from exhaling or expelling (synset 200004492)
    "hold your breath"

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