[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
[verb] organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" Synonyms:throw, have, make, give
[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
[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
[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
[verb] have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" Synonyms:bear
[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
[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
[verb] contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" Synonyms:bear, carry, contain
[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
[verb] remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
[verb] maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" Synonyms:harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse
[verb] assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
[verb] remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
[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
[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
[verb] hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
[verb] keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
[verb] support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" Synonyms:carry, bear
[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
[verb] be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" Synonyms:contain, take
[verb] be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" Synonyms:prevail, obtain
[verb] take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
[verb] protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" Synonyms:defend, guard
[verb] declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent" Synonyms:declare, adjudge
[verb] have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
[verb] cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses" Synonyms:halt, arrest
[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
[verb] cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
[verb] drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" Synonyms:carry
[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
[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
[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
[verb] keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
[verb] stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
[verb] aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
[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