- Verb: hold (held) hówld
- Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
"hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"
- The act of grasping
"she kept a firm hold on the railing"
- clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip
- Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
- appreciation, grasp
- Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
"he has a hold over them"
- Time during which some action is awaited
"he ordered a hold in the action"
- delay, time lag, postponement, wait
- A state of being confined (usually for a short time)
"the prisoner is on hold"
- detention, detainment, custody
- A cell in a jail or prison
- The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
- handle, grip, handgrip
- The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
- cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area
- [archaic] A stronghold
Sounds like: holed
Derived forms: holding, held, holds
Type of: affirm, aim, appendage, apprehension, assert, aver, avow, be, bear on, becharm [archaic], beguile, believe, bespeak, bewitch, booze, break, call for, captivate, capture, catch, cell, charm, come to, command, conceive, concern, confinement, consider, continue, control, cover, defer, direct, disable, discernment, disenable, drink, enamor [US], enamour [Brit, Cdn], enchant, enclosure, entrance, evaluate, exist, experience, fascinate, fastness, feel, fuddle, go along, go on, grasping, have to do with, hold back, hold on, hold out, hold over, incapacitate, include, intermission, interruption, jail cell, judge, keep, keep back, pass judgment, pause, pertain, postpone, prehension, prevent, prison cell, proceed, prorogue, protect, put off, put over, quest, reckon, refer, regard, relate, remit, request, resist, restrain, savvy, see, seizing, set back, shelve, stand firm, stop, stronghold, suspension, swan, swear, table [N. Amer], take, take aim, taking hold, think, touch, touch on, train, trance, understanding, verify, view, withstand
Antonym: let go of
Part of: aspergill, aspersorium, baggage, baseball bat, bat, briefcase, brush, carpet beater, carrycot, cart, cheese cutter, coffee cup, coffeepot, cricket bat, cutlery, eating utensil, edge tool, faucet [N. Amer], French telephone, frying pan, frypan [N. Amer], go-cart, hand tool, handbarrow, handcart, handlebar, handset, ladle, luggage, lumber, mug, pushcart, racket, racquet, rug beater, saucepan, ship, skillet [N. Amer], spatula, spigot, tap, teacup, umbrella, watering can, watering pot
- Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
tr. & in. to possess drugs.
• Gert was holding coke when she was arrested.
• Max is holding and wants to deal.
AmE / verb, noun
■ verb (held, held //)
1 [+ obj]
to have or own sth:
The government holds a 55% stake in the firm.
a privately/publicly held company
Most of our funds are held in cash.
She holds a degree in business economics.
2 [+ obj]
to organize and have a meeting, a discussion, an event, etc:
The board will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposals.
3 [+ obj]
to have a particular job or position, especially an important or official one:
He holds the post of director of communications.
Few women hold top executive jobs.
4 [+ obj]
to have enough space for sth/sb; to contain sth/sb:
This barrel holds 25 litres.
How many passengers does the plane hold?
5 [+ obj]
to keep a price, cost, etc. at a particular level:
The central bank has decided to hold interest rates at 4.0 per cent.
6 [+ obj or no obj]
to remain the same:
How long can these prices hold?
These stocks tend to hold their value.
7 [+ obj]
to keep sth so that it can be used later:
records held on computer
We can hold your reservation for three days.
stocks of finished goods held by manufacturers
Some investors hold their investments for many years.
8 [+ obj or no obj]
to wait until you can speak to the person you have telephoned:
That extension is busy right now. Can you hold?
Could you hold the line while I page Mr Philips?
9 (Law ) [+ obj or no obj]
to make a judgement about sb/sth in a court:
The judge held (that) she had been negligent.
The magistrate held in favour of the claimant.
He was held in contempt of court.
⇨ FIND (2)
be in a holding pattern
to be in a situation where there is not much change or activity:
The market will be in a holding pattern until after the holiday.
hold sb's hand
to give sb a lot of support and help (often used in a disapproving way):
A qualified employee shouldn't need anyone to hold their hand.
hold the floor
to speak during a formal discussion, especially for a long time so that nobody else is able to say anything
hold your own (against sb/sth) (in sth)
to remain in a strong position when sb is attacking you, competing with you, etc:
The company holds its own against larger competitors by maintaining the high quality of its products.
hold the purse strings
to be in control of how money is spent:
Power and influence lies with the person who holds the purse strings.
CHECK noun, GROUND noun
hold sb/sth back
to limit or slow down the progress of sb/sth:
High interest rates are holding back growth.
Our performance was held back by falling sales of PCs.
hold back on sth
to delay doing sth:
Troubled manufacturers continue to hold back on hiring.
hold sth down
to keep sth at a low level:
The rate of inflation must be held down.
holding down costs
to keep a job for some time:
He finds it difficult to hold down a job.
to not do sth immediately:
We held off buying a new computer system until prices went down.
Could you hold off making your decision for a few days?
hold on (
used on the telephone to ask sb to wait until they can talk to the person they want:
Can you hold on? I'll see if he's here.
hold on to sth/sb; hold onto sth/sb
to keep sth/sb that is valuable or that provides an advantage; to not give or sell sth to sb else:
You should hold on to your oil shares.
the difficulty of holding on to skilled employees
The dollar managed to hold onto last week's gains.
hold out for sth
to cause a delay in reaching an agreement because you hope you will gain sth:
The union is holding out for a higher pay offer.
hold sth over (usually be held over)
to not deal with sth immediately; to leave sth to be dealt with later:
This matter will be held over until the next meeting.
to remain strong; to work well:
Sales for the third quarter held up better than expected.
She's holding up well under pressure.
hold sb/sth up
to delay or block the movement or progress of sb/sth:
Differences of opinion over price could hold up a deal.
My application was held up by the postal strike.
influence, power or control over sb/sth:
The merger will allow them to increase their hold on the domestic market.
The management still have a strong hold over the company.
❖ to gain/increase/loosen/lose/maintain/tighten a hold
2 (Stock Exchange ) [U; sing.] = HOLD RATING:
Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock from 'hold' to 'sell'.
3 (Transport ) [C]
the part of a ship or plane where the goods being carried are stored:
The goods were loaded into the ship's hold.
delayed until a later time or date:
The project has been put on hold due to lack of funding.
Our expansion plans are currently on hold.
(especially about interest rates) remaining the same:
The committee voted to keep/leave interest rates on hold.
We expect the central bank's policy to stay on hold.
if a person on the telephone is put on hold, they have to wait until the person that they want to talk to is free:
Do you mind if I put you on hold?
to start to have an effect; to become strong:
A new idea about management took hold in boardrooms and business schools.
A recovery in manufacturing will soon take hold.
(*) 1. A cargo stowage compartment aboard ship.
2. To maintain or retain possession of by force, as a position or an area.
3. In an attack, to exert sufficient pressure to prevent movement or redisposition of enemy forces.
4. As applied to air traffic, to keep an aircraft within a specified space or location which is identified by visual or other means in accordance with Air Traffic Control instructions.
See also fix.
1. To retain data in a storage device after the data has been duplicated in another location or device.
2. A momentary halt of an operation or process.
3. In a television receiver, a control that stabilizes the vertical or horizontal synchronization.
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- ted holds a party for his friends.
- on what tenure does he hold the house.
- do you hold with nudity on the stage?
- maria can hold the horses by herself.
- the needle-eye is too small to hold the thread.