holding, present participle; held, past participle; holds, 3rd person singular present; held, past tense;
Grasp, carry, or support with one's arms or hands
she was holding a brown leather suitcase
he held onto the back of a chair
Keep or sustain in a specified position
I held the door open for him
the people are held down by a repressive military regime
Mark pulled her into his arms and held her close
Support and prevent from falling
concrete pillars hold up the elevated section of the railroad
Be able to bear (the weight of a person or thing)
I reached up to the nearest branch that seemed likely to hold my weight
(of a vehicle) Maintain close contact with (the road), esp. when driven at speed
the car holds the corners very well
(of a ship or an aircraft) Continue to follow (a particular course)
the ship is holding a southeasterly course
Keep going in a particular direction
he held on his way, close behind his friend
Keep or detain (someone)
the police were holding him on a murder charge
she was held prisoner for two days
Keep possession of (something), typically in the face of a challenge or attack
the rebels held the town for many weeks
White managed to hold onto his lead
Keep (someone's interest or attention)
(of a singer or musician) Sustain (a note)
Stay or cause to stay at a certain value or level
the savings rate held at 5%
he is determined to hold down inflation
Remain secure, intact, or in position without breaking or giving way
the boat's anchor would not hold
(of a favorable condition or situation) Continue without changing
let's hope her luck holds
Be or remain valid or available
I'll have that coffee now, if the offer still holds
(of an argument or theory) Be logical, consistent, or convincing
their views still seem to hold up extremely well
Refuse to abandon or change (a principle or opinion)
Cause someone to adhere to (a commitment)
Contain or be capable of containing (a specified amount)
the tank held twenty-four gallons
Be able to drink (a reasonable amount of alcohol) without becoming drunk or suffering any ill effects
I can hold my liquor as well as anyone
Have or be characterized by
I don't know what the future holds
Have in one's possession
the managing director still holds fifty shares in the company
Be in possession of illegal drugs
he was holding, and the police hauled him off to jail
Have or occupy (a job or position)
Have or adhere to (a belief or opinion)
I feel nothing but pity for someone who holds such chauvinistic views
they hold that all literature is empty of meaning
Consider (someone) to be responsible or liable for a particular situation
you can't hold yourself responsible for what happened
Regard someone or something with (a specified feeling)
the speed limit is held in contempt by many drivers
(of a judge or court) Rule; decide
the Court of Appeals held that there was no evidence to support the judge's assessment
Keep or reserve for someone
a reservation can be held for twenty-four hours
Prevent from going ahead or occurring
hold your fire!
Maintain (a telephone connection) until the person one has telephoned is free to speak
please hold, and I'll see if he's available
will you hold?
Refrain from adding or using (something, typically an item of food or drink)
a strawberry margarita, but hold the tequila
Used as a way of exhorting someone to wait or to stop doing something
hold it right there, pal!
Arrange and take part in (a meeting or conversation)
a meeting was held at the church
A large space in the lower part of a ship or aircraft in which cargo is stowed
clasp: the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
keep: keep 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"
appreciation: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
A hold (abbreviated HLD, H or HD) is awarded to a relief pitcher who meets the following three conditions: Note that since the hold is not an official Major League Baseball statistic, the definition above can vary. One noticeable difference is that while STATS, Inc. ...
A handhold is a manner the dancers hold each other's hands during the dance. A hold is the way one partner holds another one with hands. Hold and handhold are important components of connection in dance.
A ship's hold, in older ships, was below the orlop deck, the lower part of the interior of a ship's hull, especially when considered as storage space, as for cargo. In later merchant vessels it extended up through the decks to the underside of the weather deck.
In telephony, a call may be placed on hold, in which case the connection is not terminated but no verbal communication is possible until the call is removed from hold by the same or another extension on the key telephone system. ...
Hold (or Hauld) is a title of nobility, used in viking times used both in Scandinavia and in England.
(Holding (film)) Holding (2001) is a Croatian film. It was released in 2001.
A grasp or grip; Something reserved or kept; A position or grip used to control the opponent; The cargo area of a ship, (often cargo hold); The percentage the house wins on a gamble; An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken; This word needs a definition. ...
(holding) Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds; A determination of law made by a court
(holding) a foul where a player impedes the movement of an opponent by grasping or hooking any part of his body or uniform; punishable by a penalty - 10 yards if against the offense, 5 yards + first down if against the defense.
holding a player is an offence, punishable by a free-kick.^
(Holding) A parent company which holds shares (interest) in another company or other companies.
(Holding) possession of illegal drugs
(Holding) A penalty assessed against a player who impedes the progress of another player by grabbing hold of an arm or jersey to prevent the player from making a play.
(Holding) Using the hands to interfere with or limit an opponent's freedom of movement.
(Holding) The courts' decision in a case is sometimes called the holding. The holding only refers to that which a majority of the court agreed, and this then becomes the law. The justices that do not agree with the holding of a case write a separate dissent.
(HOLDING) An area where the Extras wait before going on set.
(HOLDING) Being unable to release or let go of something; wanting to control or manipulate something / Trying to hold yourself together emotionally; trying to 'grasp' a situation; a need for contact or intimacy; feeling excited or waiting for something to happen (holding your breath); being held ...
(HOLDING) Facing canopy into the wind
(HOLDING) The designated area to which the Extra Performers report and stay while waiting to go on set.