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[həʊld] (past tense and past participle held [held] ) verb I
1) [T] to carry something or someone using your hands or arms
Can you hold my bag for a moment?[/ex]
Barry was holding a coin between his finger and thumb.[/ex]
She was holding a baby in her arms.[/ex]
2) [T] to keep someone or something in a particular position so that they do not move
Can you hold this parcel for me so I can tape it up?[/ex]
His silk tie was held in place with a small diamond pin.[/ex]
Four people held him down (= held him on the floor so that he could not move).[/ex]
3) [T] to put your arms around someone for a long time because you love them or because they are unhappy
He sat beside her and held her.[/ex]
She kissed him and held him tight.[/ex]
4) [T] to be able to fit an amount of something inside
The stadium holds 80, 000 people.[/ex]
How much does this jug hold?[/ex]
5) [T] to organize something such as a meeting or event
The government agreed to hold a referendum.[/ex]
6) [T] to have a job or position
She is the first woman to hold this post.[/ex]
President Mitterrand held office for 14 years.[/ex]
7) [T] to keep someone as a prisoner
The four men had been held captive for over two years.[/ex]
8) [T] to keep information, for example on a computer
His data was held on disk.[/ex]
9) to stay in the same state or at the same level
The fine weather should hold until Tuesday.[/ex]
The coffee market has held steady for a few months.[/ex]
10) [T] to have a particular belief or opinion
She holds some pretty unpleasant views.[/ex]
Most people hold the president responsible for the riots.[/ex]
Baxter holds that significant changes in the population can occur within a decade.[/ex]
11) [T] to continue to have a particular feeling
I no longer hold any resentment towards him.[/ex]
12) [T] to keep control of something
Rebel fighters have held the territory for five years.[/ex]
13) [I/T] to wait to speak to someone on the telephone
‘Do you want to call back later?' ‘No, I'll hold.'[/ex]
14) [T] to support the weight of someone or something
Do you think this branch will hold us?[/ex]
15) [T] formal
to have a particular quality
The project holds a great deal of promise.[/ex]
He holds no authority over us.[/ex]
16) [T] formal
to own something or have the right to use something
Three per cent of our shares are now held by US investors.[/ex]
He holds a US passport.[/ex]
hold itspoken 1) used for telling someone not to move[/ex]
[i]Just hold it right there! Where do you think you're going with that?[/ex]

— 2) used for telling someone to wait

Hold it, you two, wait for us![/ex]
hold true — to be true, or to remain true[/ex]
hold your own — to be as good as other more experienced or stronger people[/ex]
- hold sth against sb
- hold back
- hold sb/sth back
- hold sth down
- hold off
- hold sb off
- hold on
- hold on to sth
- hold out
- hold sth out
- hold out for sth
- hold sb to sth
- hold sb/sth up
II
noun
hold */[həʊld]
1) [singular] the fact that you are holding something
His hold on her arm tightened.[/ex]
Bobby grabbed hold of the railing (= suddenly started holding it).[/ex]
She took hold of his hand (= started holding it).[/ex]
2) [singular] power or control over someone or something
The rebels have a firm hold over the northern area.[/ex]
Does he have some sort of hold on you?[/ex]
3) [C] the area in a plane or ship that is used for goods, vehicles, or bags
get hold of sb — to manage to talk to someone[/ex]
Can you get hold of Mike and tell him the meeting's postponed?[/ex]
get hold of sth — 1) to get something that you need or want[/ex]
I've managed to get hold of some rather good wine.[/ex]

— 2) to start holding something with your hands

Just get hold of the aerial and move it round to see if you can get a better picture.[/ex]
keep hold of sth — 1) to not take your hands away from something that you are holding[/ex]
She kept hold of his arm.[/ex]

— 2) to not lose something or not let someone else get it

They managed to keep hold of the ball in the second half.[/ex]
on hold — 1) if something is on hold, you have stopped it from happening now, but it may happen later[/ex]
After the accident her career had to be put on hold.[/ex]

— 2) waiting to speak to someone on the telephone, after your call has been answered

They've put me on hold.[/ex]
take hold — to become stronger and difficult to stop[/ex]
They were fortunate to escape before the fire took hold.[/ex]
A sense of dread took hold of him.[/ex]

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