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  1. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip

  2. [noun] understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
    Synonyms: appreciation, grasp

  3. [noun] power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"

  4. [noun] time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
    Synonyms: delay, time lag, postponement, wait

  5. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: detention, custody

  6. [noun] a stronghold

  7. [noun] a cell in a jail or prison
    Synonyms: keep

  8. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: handle, grip, handgrip

  9. [noun] the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
    Synonyms: cargo area, cargo deck, cargo storage area

  10. [verb] organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
    Synonyms: throw, have, make, give

  11. [verb] keep 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"
    Synonyms: keep, maintain

  12. [verb] have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
    Synonyms: take

  13. [verb] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from 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"
    Synonyms: restrain, confine

  14. [verb] have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
    Synonyms: bear

  15. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: have, have got

  16. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: deem, view as, take for

  17. [verb] contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
    Synonyms: bear, carry, contain

  18. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: control, in, contain, check, curb, moderate

  19. [verb] remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"

  20. [verb] maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
    Synonyms: harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse

  21. [verb] assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

  22. [verb] remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"

  23. [verb] secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
    Synonyms: retain, keep back, back

  24. [verb] 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?"
    Synonyms: support, sustain, up

  25. [verb] hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"

  26. [verb] keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"

  27. [verb] support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
    Synonyms: carry, bear

  28. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: accommodate, admit

  29. [verb] be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
    Synonyms: contain, take

  30. [verb] be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
    Synonyms: prevail, obtain

  31. [verb] take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

  32. [verb] protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    Synonyms: defend, guard

  33. [verb] declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
    Synonyms: declare, adjudge

  34. [verb] have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

  35. [verb] cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
    Synonyms: halt, arrest

  36. [verb] bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
    Synonyms: oblige, bind, obligate

  37. [verb] cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"

  38. [verb] drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
    Synonyms: carry

  39. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: apply, go for

  40. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: reserve, book

  41. [verb] resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
    Synonyms: defy, withstand, up

  42. [verb] keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"

  43. [verb] stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

  44. [verb] aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

  45. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: agree, concur, concord


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