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Definition of Hold


  1. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
  2. 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.
  3. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
  4. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
  5. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  6. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  10. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
  11. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
  12. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
  13. Not to more; to halt; to stop;-mostly in the imperative.
  14. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
  15. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
  16. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;-often with with, to, or for.
  17. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
  18. To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
  19. 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.
  20. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
  21. Binding power and influence.
  22. Something that may be grasped; means of support.
  23. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
  24. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a stronghold.
  25. A character [thus /] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; -- called also pause, and corona.

Hold Quotations

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. - Audrey Hepburn
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
Audrey Hepburn

To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
Tony Dorsett

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. - Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Langston Hughes
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Hold Translations

hold in Afrikaans is vashou, hou, behou
hold in Danish is bevare, lastrum, holde
hold in French is stopper, tiens, tiennent, tenons, tenir
hold in German is halten, halte
hold in Latin is potior, habeo habui habitum
hold in Norwegian is tak, grep, inneholde, holde
hold in Spanish is continuar, sujetar, retenido, contener
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