Definition and Meanings for hold

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Part of Speech of hold

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of hold

d. hol hole, hollow. see hole oe. haldan, d. houden, ohg. hoten, icel. halda, dan. holde, sw. h, goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. gf. avast, halt, hod

Meaning of hold


as noun

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

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, past participle

  • 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.
  • to retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
  • to have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
  • to impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  • to maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  • to consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
  • to bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.

as transitive verb, intransitive verb


    as intransitive verb

    • in general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. hence:
    • not to move; to halt; to stop; -- mostly in the imperative.
    • not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
    • not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
    • not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; -- often with with, to, or for.
    • to restrain one's self; to refrain.
    • to derive right or title; -- generally with of.

    as noun

    • the act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; -- often used with the verbs take and lay.
    • the authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
    • binding power and influence.
    • something that may be grasped; means of support.
    • a place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
    • a place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; -- often called a stronghold.
    • a character [thus pause, and corona.
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