hold1/hoʊld/USA pronunciationv.,held/hɛld/USA pronunciation hold•ing,n. v.
to have or keep in the hand; grasp:[~ + object]I held her hand as we crossed the street.
to bear, sustain, or support with or as if with the hands or arms:[~ + object]I held the baby gently.
to maintain a grasp; remain together or supported:[no object]The clamp held.
to (cause to) be, stay, or remain in a certain state: [~ + object + adjective]The preacher held the audience spellbound.[no object; ~ + adjective]If you would just hold still, please.[no object]I hope our luck holds.
to conduct; carry on:[~ + object]to hold an interview.
to detain: [~ + object]The police held her for questioning.[~ + object + as + object]He was held as a hostage for five years.[~ + object + object]They held him a prisoner.
to hinder; restrain; keep back:[~ + object]Please hold your applause.
to set aside; reserve:[~ + object]Your tickets are being held at the counter.
to possess; occupy:[~ + object]to hold a position of authority.
to contain or be capable of containing:[~ + object; not: be + ~-ing]This bottle holds a quart.
[not: be + ~-ing] to keep in the mind;believe;have or express the belief of: [~ + object]He held an opposing view.[~ + that clause]Copernicus held that the earth revolves around the sun.
to agree; sympathize:[~ + with + object]She doesn't hold with new ideas.
to decide legally:[~ + (that) clause; not: be + ~-ing]The court held that the law was valid.
to regard; consider:[~ + object + adjective]I hold you responsible for her safety.
to make accountable:[~ + object]We will hold you to your word.
to remain valid:[no object; not: be + ~-ing]The argument still holds.
to keep by force: [~ + object]Enemy forces held the hill.[no object]In spite of the shelling their positions held.
to point; aim:[~ + object]held a gun on the prisoner.
Music and Dance to keep going with; sustain:[~ + object]The soprano held that high note for fifteen seconds.
to omit, as from an order:[~ + object]One burger — hold the pickle.
to keep (a telephone connection) open: [~ + object]Can you hold the line for a moment?[no object]Please hold.
to keep (a telephone call) from reaching someone:[~ + object]She asked her secretary to hold all her calls.
to control oneself in spite of drinking (liquor):[~ + object]He can't hold his liquor.
to restrain; check; keep back; keep in control: [~ + back + object]to hold back tears.[~ + object + back]couldn't hold the tears back any longer.
to slow down, prevent, or stop the advancement of: [~ + object + back]Nothing could hold them back from success.[~ + back + object]What could hold back her career now?
to keep from giving or revealing; withhold: [~ + back + object]to hold back information.[~ + object + back]holding information back.
[no object] to keep from doing or taking action:The police held back from attacking the rioters.
to keep under control or at a low level: [~ + down + object]to hold down interest rates.[~ + object + down]to hold interest rates down.
[~ + down + object] to continue to function in:to hold down a job.
hold forth,[no object] to speak at great length.
to keep at a distance; keep back; repel: [~ + off + object]The troops held off the latest assault.[~ + object + off]They held the enemy off.
[no object] to postpone action; put off plans until later; defer:Let's hold off on that proposal for now.
hold on,[no object]
to keep a firm grip on something:He took my arm and held on tightly.
to keep going; continue:The troops can hold on for another few days.
to keep a telephone connection open:Can you hold on while I see if he's here?
hold oneself in,[no object] to exercise control or restraint:He held himself in and didn't show his real feelings.
[~ + out + object] to present; offer:When I said hello to them, they held out their hands in greeting.
[no object] to continue to last:Will the food hold out?
[no object] to refuse to give in:We are holding out for higher wages.
[no object] to withhold something expected or due:You'd better not be holding out on me.
to keep for future discussion, consideration, or action: [~ + object + over]We'll hold that discussion over for our next meeting.[~ + over + object]We'll hold over that discussion for later.
to keep beyond the arranged period: [~ + object + over]to hold a movie over for an extra week.[~ + over + object]held over the movie.
to support; uphold: [~ + up + object]What holds up the bridge?[~ + object + up]What holds the bridge up?
to delay; bring to a stop: [~ + up + object]Something is holding up the work.[~ + object + up]Something held the work up.
[no object] to endure; last; continue without losing strength or ability; persevere:How are you holding up under the strain?
to present for attention; display: [~ + up + object]to hold up the youngest daughter as a model of good behavior.[~ + object + up]to hold her up as a model of good behavior.
to rob at gunpoint: [~ + up + object]to hold up a store.[~ + object + up]He held them up and took their money.