What does hold mean?

Definitions for hold
hoʊldhold

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hold.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, holdnoun

    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"

  2. appreciation, grasp, holdnoun

    understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

    "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

  3. holdnoun

    power by which something or someone is affected or dominated

    "he has a hold over them"

  4. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, waitnoun

    time during which some action is awaited

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

  5. detention, detainment, hold, custodynoun

    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"

  6. holdnoun

    a stronghold

  7. hold, keepnoun

    a cell in a jail or prison

  8. handle, grip, handgrip, holdnoun

    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"

  9. cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, hold, storage areaverb

    the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

  10. keep, maintain, holdverb

    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"

  11. hold, take holdverb

    have or hold in one's hands or grip

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

  12. hold, throw, have, make, giveverb

    organize or be responsible for

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

  13. have, have got, holdverb

    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"

  14. deem, hold, view as, take forverb

    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"

  15. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurseverb

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

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

  16. restrain, confine, holdverb

    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"

  17. retain, hold, keep back, hold backverb

    secure and keep for possible future use or application

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

  18. bear, holdverb

    have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

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

  19. hold, support, sustain, hold upverb

    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?"

  20. hold, bear, carry, containverb

    contain or hold; have within

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

  21. accommodate, hold, admitverb

    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"

  22. holdverb

    remain in a certain state, position, or condition

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

  23. hold, carry, bearverb

    support or hold in a certain manner

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

  24. prevail, hold, obtainverb

    be valid, applicable, or true

    "This theory still holds"

  25. holdverb

    assert or affirm

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

  26. holdverb

    have as a major characteristic

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

  27. contain, take, holdverb

    be capable of holding or containing

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

  28. reserve, hold, bookverb

    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"

  29. defend, guard, holdverb

    protect against a challenge or attack

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

  30. oblige, bind, hold, obligateverb

    bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

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

  31. holdverb

    hold the attention of

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

  32. holdverb

    remain committed to

    "I hold to these ideas"

  33. defy, withstand, hold, hold upverb

    resist or confront with resistance

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

  34. apply, hold, go forverb

    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"

  35. holdverb

    stop dealing with

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

  36. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderateverb

    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"

  37. holdverb

    keep from departing

    "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"

  38. holdverb

    take and maintain control over, often by violent means

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

  39. halt, hold, arrestverb

    cause to stop

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

  40. holdverb

    cover as for protection against noise or smell

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

  41. carry, holdverb

    drink alcohol without showing ill effects

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

  42. holdverb

    aim, point, or direct

    "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

  43. declare, adjudge, holdverb

    declare to be

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

  44. agree, hold, concur, concordverb

    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"

  45. holdverb

    keep from exhaling or expelling

    "hold your breath"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holdnoun

    the whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  2. Holdverb

    to cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  3. Holdverb

    to retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  4. Holdverb

    to have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  5. Holdverb

    to impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  6. Holdverb

    to maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  7. Holdverb

    to prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  8. Holdverb

    to receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  9. Holdverb

    to accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  10. Holdverb

    to consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  11. Holdverb

    to bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  12. Hold

    in general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  13. Hold

    not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  14. Hold

    not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  15. Hold

    not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  16. Hold

    not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;-often with with, to, or for

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  17. Hold

    to restrain one's self; to refrain

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  18. Hold

    to derive right or title; -- generally with of

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  19. Holdnoun

    the act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; gripe; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  20. Holdnoun

    the authority or ground to take or keep; claim

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  21. Holdnoun

    binding power and influence

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  22. Holdnoun

    something that may be grasped; means of support

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  23. Holdnoun

    a place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  24. Holdnoun

    a place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a stronghold

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

  25. Holdnoun

    a character [thus /] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also pause, and corona

    Etymology: [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. hlla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.]

Freebase

  1. Hold

    A hold is awarded to a relief pitcher who meets the following three conditions: Note that since the hold is not an official Major League Baseball statistic, the definition above can vary. One noticeable difference is that while STATS, Inc. requires the pitcher to record at least one out for a hold, SportsTicker does not have this requirement. This can result in discrepancies in hold totals between different sources.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hold

    hōld, v.t. to keep possession of or authority over: to sustain: to defend: to maintain, support: to occupy: to derive title to: to bind: to confine: to restrain: to stop, as in 'to cry hold:' to continue: to persist in: to contain: to celebrate: to esteem: (Shak.) to endure: (arch.) to bet.—v.i. to remain fixed: to be true or unfailing: to continue unbroken or unsubdued: to adhere: to derive right:—pr.p. hōld′ing; pa.t. held; pa.p. held (obs. hōld′en).n. act or manner of holding: seizure: power of seizing: something for support: a place of confinement: custody: a fortified place: (mus.) a mark over a rest or note, indicating that it is to be prolonged.—ns. Hold′-all, a general receptacle, esp. a big carpet-bag; Hold′-back, a check: a strap joining the breeching to the shaft of a vehicle; Hold′-beam, one of the beams crossing a ship's hold and strengthening the framework.—Hold′en (B.), old pa.p. of hold.—ns. Hold′er; Hold′-fast, that which holds fast: a long nail: a catch; Hold′ing, anything held: a farm held of a superior: hold: influence: (Scots law) tenure.—Hold forth, to put forward: show: to speak in public, to declaim; Hold hard! stop! Hold in, to restrain, check: to restrain one's self; Hold of (Pr. Bk.), to regard; Hold off, to keep at a distance; Hold on, to persist in something: to continue: to cling; Hold one in hand, to amuse in order to gain some advantage; Hold one's own, to maintain one's position; Hold one's peace, Hold one's tongue, to keep silence; Hold out, to endure, last; Hold over, to postpone, to keep possession of land or a house beyond the term of agreement; Hold the market (see Market); Hold together, to remain united: to cohere; Hold up, to raise: to continue to go at the same rate; Hold water, to be sound and firm, to endure trial; Hold with, to take sides with. [A.S. healdan; Old High Ger. haltan, Goth. haldan.]

  2. Hold

    hōld, n. the interior cavity of a ship between the floor and the lower deck, used for the cargo. [Dut. hol, a cavity or hole, with excrescent d.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. 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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hold

    The whole interior cavity of a ship, or all that part comprehended between the floor and the lower deck throughout her length.--The after-hold lies abaft the main-mast, and is usually set apart for the provisions in ships of war.--The fore-hold is situated about the fore-hatchway, in continuation with the main-hold, and serves the same purposes.--The main-hold is just before the main-mast, and generally contains the fresh water and beer for the use of the ship's company.--To rummage the hold is to examine its contents.--To stow the hold is to arrange its contents in the most secure and commodious manner possible.--To trim the hold (see TRIM OF THE HOLD). Also, an Anglo-Saxon term for a fort, castle, or stronghold.--Hold is also generally understood of a ship with regard to the land or to another ship; hence we say, "Keep a good hold of the land," or "Keep the land well aboard," which are synonymous phrases, implying to keep near the land; when applied to a ship, we say, "She holds her own;" i.e. goes as fast as the other ship; holds her wind, or way.--To hold. To assemble for public business; as, to hold a court-martial, a survey, &c.--Hold! An authoritative way of separating combatants, according to the old military laws at tournaments, &c.; stand fast!

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hold

    A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; often called a stronghold.

  2. hold

    To keep one’s self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed; as, not to move; to halt; to stop. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken. To hold one’s own, to keep up; not to lose ground or be left behind.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hold' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #997

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hold' in Written Corpus Frequency: #754

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hold' in Nouns Frequency: #1364

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hold' in Verbs Frequency: #41

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hold in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hold in a Sentence

  1. Randy Savicky:

    Many of the families who suffered losses at Sandy Hook Elementary School were faced with being unable to bring Adam Lanza to justice or otherwise hold him or his mother accountable for what her son was able to do because of her actions.

  2. Carolyn McCarty:

    This study is largely consistent with a broader literature indicating that girls who undergo puberty early are at a higher risk for a number of behavioral health issues, including eating disorders, the increased risk of depression associated with early development does not appear to hold for boys, which could be due to biological differences in the pubertal process, or the fact that the physical maturation of boys is generally considered a socially positive experience.

  3. Emily Benfer:

    Families are panicked, they don't know where their children are going to sleep come Monday night. They don't know how they'll cover the past-due rent that they're not likely to pay off in their lifetime. Many of them have applied for rental assistance, but with only $ 3 billion of the $ 46 billion paid out, they're on hold. And so they're panicked, they're desperate, they're in dire straits.

  4. Terence:

    I am a man I hold that nothing human is alien to me.

  5. Tom Millar:

    It felt like pushing boulders up hills at the beginning, but once you got it to the top it was fantastic, and we struggled to hold onto it on the way down the hill as the momentum has taken over, the challenge now is : how does it encourage new funders to the table to make sure that we get over the line and do eliminate by 2020.

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