1. [ verb ] organize or be responsible for
Synonyms: have give make throw

"hold a reception," "have, throw, or make a party", "give a course", etc.

Related terms: direct
2. [ verb ] keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
Synonyms: keep maintain

"hold in place" "She always held herself as a lady" "The students keep me on my toes"

Related terms: continue keep_waiting hold_over conserve preserve housekeep distance carry pressurize survive refrain_from postpone resist prolong delay exclude keep_up check bypass keep_in sequester keep_off number keep_off maintainer
3. [ verb ] have or hold in one's hands
Synonyms: take_hold

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" also metaphorically: "A crazy idea took hold of him"

Related terms: let_go_of grasp cling_to cradle cradle lock trap clinch clasp
4. [ verb ] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
Synonyms: restrain confine

"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"

Related terms: disable tie_down ground pound fetter enchain impound pen_up pinion detention constraint
5. [ verb ] have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
Synonyms: bear

"She bears the title of Duchess" "He held the governorship for almost a decade"

Related terms: have must bearer
6. [ verb ] have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
Synonyms: have need must have_got

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

Related terms: bear keep sustain keep wield monopolize stock keep keep carry have property rich_person
7. [ verb ] have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
Synonyms: have have_got

: "She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

Related terms: bear keep sustain keep wield monopolize stock keep keep carry have
8. [ verb ] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms: control check curb contain hold_in moderate

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Related terms: restrain restrict restrict suppress catch countercheck train bate thermostat deny mortify damp command moderation
9. [ verb ] keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
Synonyms: view_as deem take_for

"take for granted" "view as important" "hold these truths to be self-evident" "I hold him personally responsible"

Related terms: see
10. [ verb ] contain or hold; have within
Synonyms: contain carry bear

: "The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

Related terms: include surround house retain enclose contain capacity cargo_area
11. [ verb ] remain in a certain state, position, or condition

"The weather held" "They held on the road and kept marching"

Related terms: continue
12. [ verb ] maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
Synonyms: harbor nurse entertain harbour

"bear a grudge" "entertain interesting notions" "harbor a resentment"

Related terms: feel
13. [ verb ] obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
Synonyms: retain reserve

"We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

Related terms: keep request keep_open book_up retain reserve
14. [ verb ] assert or affirm

"Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

Related terms: affirm deem
15. [ verb ] remain committed to

"I hold to these ideas"

Related terms: think
16. [ verb ] secure and keep for possible future use or application
Synonyms: retain hold_back keep_back

"The landlord retained the security deposit" "I reserve the right to disagree"

Related terms: keep hold_down reserve retention
17. [ verb ] be the physical support of; carry the weight of
Synonyms: support hold_up sustain

"The beam holds up the roof" "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam" "What's holding that mirror?"

Related terms: carry prop_up brace underpin truss pole buoy block chock scaffold bracket holder support support
18. [ verb ] hold the attention of

"The soprano held the audience" "This story held our interest" "She can hold an audience spellbound"

Related terms: capture
19. [ verb ] support or hold in a certain manner
Synonyms: carry bear

"She holds her head high" "He carried himself upright"

Related terms: behave poise stoop piggyback stoop behave carriage
20. [ verb ] keep from exhaling or expelling

"hold your breath"

Related terms: restrain
21. [ verb ] have room for; hold without crowding
Synonyms: accommodate admit

"This hotel can accommodate 250 guests" "The theater admits 300 people" "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"

Related terms: house seat sleep contain
22. [ verb ] be capable of holding or containing
Synonyms: take contain

"This box won't take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

Related terms: be seat sleep accommodate
23. [ verb ] be valid, applicable, or true
Synonyms: prevail obtain

"This theory still holds"

Related terms: exist
24. [ verb ] take and maintain control over, often by violent means

"The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

Related terms: control defend
25. [ verb ] protect against a challenge or attack
Synonyms: defend guard

: "Hold that position behind the trees!" "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

Related terms: protect defender
26. [ verb ] declare to be
Synonyms: declare adjudge

"She was declared incompetent" judge held that the defendant was innocent"

Related terms: judge admit pronounce beatify purify beatify cancel bastardize formalize call certify superannuate
27. [ verb ] bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
Synonyms: bind oblige obligate

"He's held by a contract' "I'll hold you by your promise"

Related terms: relate article tie_down pledge indenture obligation obligation
28. [ verb ] cause to stop
Synonyms: arrest halt

"Halt the engines" "Arrest the progress" "halt the presses"

Related terms: stop end freeze arrest arrester
29. [ verb ] have as a major characteristic

"The novel holds many surprises" "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

Related terms: be
30. [ verb ] cause to stop
Synonyms: halt arrest

"Halt the engines" "Arrest the progress" "halt the presses"

Related terms: stop
31. [ verb ] cover as for protection against noise or smell

"She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate" "hold one's nose"

Related terms: cover
32. [ noun ] the act of grasping
Synonyms: grip clutch clutches grasp clench clasp

"he released his clasp on my arm" "he has a strong grip for an old man" "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

Related terms: grasping embrace wrestling_hold choke_hold clutch grasp cling_to clasp clasp
33. [ verb ] drink alcohol without showing ill effects
Synonyms: carry

"He can hold his liquor" "he had drunk more than he could carry"

Related terms: drink
34. [ verb ] arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
Synonyms: book reserve

"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"

Related terms: request keep_open reserve booking procure
35. [ verb ] be pertinent or relevant or applicable
Synonyms: apply go_for

"The same laws apply to you!" "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" "The same rules go for everyone"

Related terms: refer lend_oneself
36. [ noun ] power by which something or someone is affected or dominated

: "he has a hold over them"

Related terms: control
37. [ noun ] (psychology) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
Synonyms: appreciation grasp

"he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

Related terms: understanding sense get_the_picture
38. [ verb ] keep from departing

"Hold the taxi" "Hold the horse"

Related terms: prevent
39. [ verb ] resist or confront with resistance
Synonyms: defy withstand hold_up

"The politician defied public opinion" "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear" "The bridge held"

Related terms: resist weather brave withstander
40. [ verb ] stop dealing with

"hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

Related terms: postpone delay
41. [ verb ] aim, point, or direct

: "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

Related terms: aim
42. [ noun ] time during which some action is awaited
Synonyms: delay wait postponement time_lag

"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

Related terms: pause extension moratorium retardation wait delay check
43. [ noun ] a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
Synonyms: custody detention

"his detention was politically motivated" "the prisoner is on hold" "he is in the custody of police"

Related terms: confinement restrain
44. [ verb ] be in accord; be in agreement
Synonyms: agree concur concord

"We agreed on the terms of the settlement" "I can't agree with you!" "I hold with those you say life is sacred" "Both philosophers concord on this point"

Related terms: disagree arrange arrange concede conclude reconcile subscribe settle see_eye_to_eye agree harmony agreement
45. [ noun ] (archaic) a stronghold
Related terms: stronghold archaism
46. [ noun ] a cell in a jail or prison
Synonyms: keep
Related terms: cell keep
47. [ noun ] the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
Synonyms: handle grip handgrip

"he grabbed the hammer by the handle" "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

Related terms: appendage stock stock knob hilt crop pommel hoe_handle ax_handle rake_handle broomstick haft pommel mop_handle panhandle brush baggage baseball_bat briefcase hand_tool coffee_cup umbrella faucet handcart handlebar coffeepot racket saucepan edge_tool frying_pan cutlery carpet_beater teacup watering_can handbarrow spatula cheese_cutter carrycot aspergill handset mug ladle cricket_bat shank grip handle
48. [ noun ] (nautical) the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
Synonyms: cargo_deck storage_area cargo_hold cargo_area
Related terms: enclosure ship
Similar spelling:   Hohlt