Hold - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hoʊld|  American pronunciation of the word hold
Brit.  |həʊld|  British pronunciation of the word hold
irregular verb:  p.t. — held  p.p. — held
- the act of grasping (syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip)
- understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something (syn: appreciation, grasp)
- power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
- time during which some action is awaited (syn: delay, postponement, wait)
- a state of being confined (usually for a short time) (syn: custody, detention)
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- cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean' (syn: keep, maintain)
- have or hold in one's hands or grip
- organize or be responsible for (syn: give, have, make, throw)
- have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense (syn: have)
- keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view (syn: deem)
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Examples

Hold the rail so you won't fall.

He was holding a large package in his arms.

Would you hold this for me?

She showed him the correct way to hold the racket.

Some people just don't like to be held.

He held her close and kissed her.

He held the pen in his mouth while he dialed the number.

Hold the pen upright when you write.

She picked up the trophy and held it over her head.

You have to hold the button down for several seconds.

The mother was holding the baby in her arms.

He will hold her in his arms and tell her she is finally safe.

He jumped back to try and hold the lift for me.

A pile of sandbags held the bridge.

The glue didn't hold.

Phrasal verbs

hold back  — hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
hold down  — keep
hold forth  — talk at length and formally about a topic
hold in  — close in
hold off  — resist and fight to a standoff

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Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: hold
he/she/it: holds
present participle: holding
past tense: held
past participle: held
noun
singular: hold
plural: holds
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