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A past participle of hold1.
archaic or dialect a past participle of hold1
v. held, hold•ing,
1. to have or keep in the hand; grasp: to hold someone's hand.
2. to set aside; reserve or retain: to hold a reservation.
3. to bear, sustain, or support with or as if with the hands or arms.
4. to keep in a specified state: The preacher held them spellbound.
5. to detain: The police held her for questioning.
6. to conduct; carry on: to hold a meeting.
7. to hinder; restrain: Fear held me from acting.
8. to have the ownership or use of; possess or occupy: to hold a position of authority.
9. to contain or be capable of containing: This bottle holds a quart.
10. to make accountable: We will hold you to your word.
11. to keep in the mind; believe: held certain beliefs.
12. to regard; consider: to hold a person responsible.
13. to keep forcibly: Enemy forces held the hill.
14. to point; aim: He held a gun on the prisoner.
15. to decide legally.
16. to sustain (a musical note, chord, or rest).
17. to omit, as from an order: One burger - hold the pickle.v.i.
18. to remain in a specified state: Hold still.
19. to maintain a grasp; remain fast: The clamp held.
20. to maintain one's position against opposition.
21. to agree; sympathize: She doesn't hold with new ideas.
22. to remain faithful: to hold to one's purpose.
23. to remain valid: The rule still holds.
24. to refrain; forbear (usu. used imperatively).
25. hold back,
a. to restrain; check: to hold back tears.
b. to hinder the advancement of.
c. to refrain from giving or revealing; withhold: to hold back information.
d. to refrain from participating.
26. hold down,
a. to keep under control or at a low level: to hold down interest rates.
b. to continue to function in: to hold down a job.
27. hold forth, to speak at great length.
28. hold oneself in, to exercise restraint.
29. hold off,
a. to keep at a distance; repel.
b. to postpone action; defer.
30. hold on,
a. to keep a firm grip on something.
b. to keep going; continue.
c. to stop; halt (usu. used imperatively).
d. to keep a telephone connection open.
31. hold out,
a. to present; offer.
b. to continue to last.
c. to refuse to yield.
d. to withhold something expected or due.
32. hold over,
a. to keep for future consideration or action.
b. to keep beyond the arranged period: to hold a movie over for an extra week.
33. hold up,n.
a. to support; uphold.
b. to delay; bring to a stop.
c. to endure; persevere: I'm tired but holding up.
d. to present for attention; display.
e. to rob at gunpoint.
34. an act of holding fast with the hand or other physical means; grasp; grip: a good hold on the rope.
35. something to hold a thing by; something to grasp, esp. for support.
36. something that holds fast or supports something else.
37. an order reserving something: to put a hold on a library book.
38. a controlling force or dominating influence: to have a hold on a person.
39. a wrestler's maneuver for seizing and controlling an opponent.
40. a pause or delay.
41. a prison cell.
43. a feature on a telephone that allows voice communication to be interrupted without breaking the connection.Idioms:
1. get hold of,
a. to grasp; seize.
b. to communicate with by telephone.
2. on hold,
a. into a state of interruption or suspension.
b. into a state of being kept waiting incommunicado by a telephone hold.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English h(e)aldan, c. Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old High German haltan]
syn: See contain.
1. the cargo space in the hull of a vessel, esp. between the lowermost deck and the bottom.
2. the cargo compartment of an aircraft.
[1585–95; variant of hole; compare Dutch hol hole, hold]