Definition of HOLD

noun : HOLD

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices" ;

  • 3. (

    ) power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them" ;

  • 5. (

    ) a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" ;

  • 8. (

    ) the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip" ;

verb : HOLD

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes" ;

  • 2. (

    ) have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" ;

  • 4. (

    ) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard" ;

  • 5. (

    ) keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible" ;

  • 7. (

    ) to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom" ;

  • 9. (

    ) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" ;

  • 10. (

    ) be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?" ;

  • 12. (

    ) have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people" ;