the act of grasping
he released his clasp on my arm|he has a strong grip for an old man|she kept a firm hold on the railing
understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
he has a good grasp of accounting practices
power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
he has a hold over them
time during which some action is awaited
instant replay caused too long a delay|he ordered a hold in the action
a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
his detention was politically motivated|the prisoner is on hold|he is in the custody of police
a stronghold
a cell in a jail or prison
Synonym: keep
the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
he grabbed the hammer by the handle|it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip
Synonym: handle, handgrip, grip
the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
hold in place|She always held herself as a lady|The students keep me on my toes
Synonym: keep, maintain
have or hold in one's hands or grip
Hold this bowl for a moment, please|A crazy idea took hold of him
Synonym: take hold
organize or be responsible for
hold a reception|have, throw, or make a party|give a course
Synonym: throw, make, have, give
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
She has $1,000 in the bank|He has got two beautiful daughters|She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
Synonym: have, have got
keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
take for granted|view as important|hold these truths to be self-evident|I hold him personally responsible
Synonym: deem, take for, view as
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
bear a grudge|entertain interesting notions|harbor a resentment
to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
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
secure and keep for possible future use or application
The landlord retained the security deposit|I reserve the right to disagree
have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
She bears the title of Duchess|He held the governorship for almost a decade
Synonym: bear
be the physical support of; carry the weight of
The beam holds up the roof|He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam|What's holding that mirror?
contain or hold; have within
The jar carries wine|The canteen holds fresh water|This can contains water
Synonym: contain, carry, bear
have room for; hold without crowding
This hotel can accommodate 250 guests|The theater admits 300 people|The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people
Synonym: accommodate, admit
remain in a certain state, position, or condition
The weather held|They held on the road and kept marching
support or hold in a certain manner
She holds her head high|He carried himself upright
Synonym: bear, carry
be valid, applicable, or true
This theory still holds
Synonym: obtain, prevail
assert or affirm
Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good
have as a major characteristic
The novel holds many surprises|The book holds in store much valuable advise
be capable of holding or containing
This box won't take all the items|The flask holds one gallon
Synonym: contain, take
arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
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
Synonym: book, reserve
protect against a challenge or attack
Hold that position behind the trees!|Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks
Synonym: defend, guard
bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
He's held by a contract|I'll hold you by your promise
Synonym: oblige, obligate, bind
hold the attention of
The soprano held the audience|This story held our interest|She can hold an audience spellbound
remain committed to
I hold to these ideas
resist or confront with resistance
The politician defied public opinion|The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear|The bridge held
be pertinent or relevant or applicable
The same laws apply to you!|This theory holds for all irrational numbers|The same rules go for everyone
Synonym: go for, apply
stop dealing with
hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
moderate your alcohol intake|hold your tongue|hold your temper|control your anger
keep from departing
Hold the taxi|Hold the horse
take and maintain control over, often by violent means
The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week
cause to stop
Halt the engines|Arrest the progress|halt the presses
Synonym: halt, arrest
cover as for protection against noise or smell
She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate|hold one's nose
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
He can hold his liquor|he had drunk more than he could carry
Synonym: carry
aim, point, or direct
Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames
declare to be
She was declared incompetent|judge held that the defendant was innocent
Synonym: adjudge, declare
be in accord; be in agreement
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
Synonym: concur, concord, agree
keep from exhaling or expelling
hold your breath
Antonym: let go of