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Usage statistics for the verb hold:

spoken English28.79%written English71.21% conversational speech50%task-oriented speech50% imaginative writing56.03%informational writing43.97%
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Hold is sometimes a misspelling of hole.

The word hold is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hold

What does hold mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: holds

  1. the act of grasping
  2. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
  3. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
    • example: he has a hold over them
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: control = power to direct or determine
  4. time during which some action is awaited
    • example: he ordered a hold in the action
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of hold: delay / postponement / time lag / wait
    • more generic words: break / intermission / interruption / pause / suspension = a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    • more specific words:
      • extension = a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
      • moratorium = a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
      • retardation = the extent to which something is delayed or held back
  5. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
  6. a stronghold
  7. a cell in a jail or prison
  8. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of hold: grip / handgrip / handle
    • more generic word: appendage = a part that is joined to something larger
    • more specific terms:
      • axe handle / ax handle = the handle of an ax
      • broom handle / broomstick = the handle of a broom
      • crop = the stock or handle of a whip
      • helve / haft = the handle of a weapon or tool
      • hilt = the handle of a sword or dagger
      • hoe handle = the handle of a hoe
      • knob = a round handle
      • mop handle = the handle of a mop
      • panhandle = the handle of a pan
      • saddlebow / pommel = handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
      • pommel = a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse
      • rake handle = the handle of a rake
      • stock = the handle end of some implements or tools
      • gunstock / stock = the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
    • part of: aspergill / aspersorium = a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; baggage / luggage = cases used to carry belongings when traveling; baseball bat / lumber = an implement used in baseball by the batter; briefcase = a case with a handle; brush = an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle; carpet beater / rug beater = implement for beating dust out of carpets; carrycot = box-shaped baby bed with handles; cheese cutter = a kitchen utensil (board or handle) with a wire for cutting cheese; coffee cup = a cup from which coffee is drunk; coffeepot = tall pot in which coffee is brewed; bat / cricket bat = the club used in playing cricket; cutlery / eating utensil = tableware implements for cutting and eating food; edge tool = any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge; faucet / spigot = a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir; frying pan / frypan / skillet = a pan used for frying foods; handbarrow = a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; cart / go-cart / handcart / pushcart = wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; handlebar = the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle; French telephone / handset = telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle; hand tool = a tool used with workers' hands; ladle = a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; mug = with handle and usually cylindrical; racket / racquet = a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games; saucepan = a deep pan with a handle; spatula = a turner with a narrow flexible blade; teacup = a cup from which tea is drunk; umbrella = a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy; watering can / watering pot = a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle
    • part: shank / stem = cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
  9. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Alternative definition of the noun hold

noun

  1. A grasp or grip.
  2. Something reserved or kept.
  3. [wrestling] A position or grip used to control the opponent.
  4. [nautical] The cargo area of a ship, (often cargo hold).
  5. [gambling] The percentage the house wins on a gamble.
  6. [tennis] An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.
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Specialised definition of the noun hold

Glossary of sports / boxing

when a boxer holds his opponent, he clutches him so that punches cannot be thrown (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb hold

What does hold mean as a doing word?

Hold is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
heldheldholdingholds

  1. cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'
    • example: hold in place
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of hold: keep / maintain
    • more specific terms:
  2. have or hold in one's hands or grip
    • examples: Hold this bowl for a moment, please | A crazy idea took hold of him | They want to hold the prisoners
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]She held his arm
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique, body part]She held him by the arm

      Hold Verbs (with the same syntax): clasp, clutch, grab, grasp, grip, handle, pull, push, seize, tug, wield, yank.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of hold: take hold
    • antonym of hold: let go of
    • more specific terms:
  3. organize or be responsible for
    • example: hold a reception
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of hold: give / have / make / throw
    • more generic word: direct = be in charge of
  4. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  5. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
  6. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
  7. to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
  8. secure and keep for possible future use or application
  9. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of hold: bear
    • more generic terms: have / have got = have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  10. be the physical support of; carry the weight of
    • examples: The beam holds up the roof | What's holding that mirror?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of hold: hold up / support / sustain
    • more specific terms:
      • scaffold = provide with a scaffold for support
      • block = support, secure, or raise with a block
      • carry = bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
      • chock = support on chocks
      • buoy up / buoy = keep afloat
      • pole = support on poles
      • bracket = support with brackets
      • underpin = support from beneath
      • shore up / prop up / shore / prop = support by placing against something solid or rigid
      • truss = support structurally
      • brace = support by bracing
  11. contain or hold; have within
    • examples: The canteen holds fresh water | They hold the animals
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of hold: bear / carry / contain
    • more generic word: include = have as a part, be made up out of
    • more specific terms:
  12. have room for; hold without crowding
    • example: The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Value] in [Location]We sleep five people in each room
      [Location] [Verb] [Value]Each room sleeps five people

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): carry, contain, feed, fit, hibernate, house, seat, serve, sleep, store, take, use.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of hold: accommodate / admit
    • more specific words:
      • sleep = be able to accommodate for sleeping
      • house = contain or cover
      • seat = be able to seat
  13. remain in a certain state, position, or condition
  14. support or hold in a certain manner
    • example: She holds her head high
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of hold: bear / carry
    • more specific words:
  15. be valid, applicable, or true
    • example: This theory still holds
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of hold: obtain / prevail
    • more generic words: be / exist = have an existence, be extant
  16. assert or affirm
    • examples: Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good | They hold that there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: affirm / assert / aver / avow / swan / swear / verify = to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
  17. have as a major characteristic
    • examples: The novel holds many surprises | The book holds in store much valuable advise
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  18. be capable of holding or containing
    • example: The flask holds one gallon
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 12
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of hold: contain / take
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  19. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
  20. protect against a challenge or attack
    • examples: Hold that position behind the trees! | Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of hold: defend / guard
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  21. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
    • example: I'll hold you by your promise
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of hold: bind / obligate / oblige
    • more generic word: relate = have or establish a relationship to
    • more specific terms:
      • pledge = bind or secure by a pledge
      • article = bind by a contract
      • indenture / indent = bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
      • tie down = restrain from independence by an obligation
  22. hold the attention of
  23. remain committed to
    • example: I hold to these ideas
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: believe / conceive / consider / think = judge or regard; look upon
  24. resist or confront with resistance
  25. be pertinent or relevant or applicable
  26. stop dealing with
  27. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  28. keep from departing
    • examples: Hold the taxi | Hold the horse
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: keep / prevent = stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
  29. take and maintain control over, often by violent means
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: command / control = exercise authoritative control or power over
  30. cause to stop
    • example: They hold the animals
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of hold: arrest / halt
    • more generic word: stop = cause to stop
  31. cover as for protection against noise or smell
    • example: hold one's nose
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  32. drink alcohol without showing ill effects
  33. aim, point, or direct
    • example: Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic terms: aim / direct / take / take aim / train = point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  34. declare to be
  35. be in accord; be in agreement
  36. keep from exhaling or expelling

Specialised definition of the verb hold

Glossary of sports / water polo

to lift or carry the ball, place the hand over or under it, or press it beneath the water

Person

Who is Hold?

Hold a.k.a. Wilfried Hochholdinger is an actor.

Group

Hold is a musical group.

  • album: "Pannonian Ancient Madness"

Film

"Hold" is a 2012 short animated film directed by Kim Anderson.

  • country: Canada
  • genre: Animation
  • released on

Music

  1. "Hold" a.k.a. "Hold!" is a musical album of The Lollipops.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  2. "Hold" is a musical album of Highness.
    • released on
  3. "Hold" is a musical single of Taquwami & Ruddyp.
    • released on
  4. "Hold" a.k.a. "Hołd" is a musical album of Pono.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  5. "HOLD" is a musical album of Maria Levitov.
    • released on
  6. "Hold" is a musical EP of Vito Genovese.
    • released on (6 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Hold: A ship's hold is a space for carrying cargo. Cargo in holds may be either packaged in crates, bales, etc., or unpackaged. Access to holds is by a large hatch at the top. Ships have had holds for centuries; an alternative way to carry cargo is in standardised shipping containers, which may be loaded into appropriate holds or carried on deck.
  2. Hold: A hold is awarded to a relief pitcher who meets the following three conditions: 1. Enters the game in a save situation; that is, when all of the following three conditions apply: He appears in relief (i.e.
    • also known as 中繼成功
  3. Hold is a title of nobility, used in Viking Scandinavia and England.
    • also known as Hauld
  4. Hold: 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. Music on hold or On Hold Messaging may be played for the caller while the call is on hold, especially if the call has been placed to a customer service center. Alternatives to placing a caller on hold include virtual hold or virtual queuing solutions that allow scheduled or queue-based callbacks to be made to the caller.
  5. holD is a gene.
  6. holD: In E. coli and other bacteria, holD is a gene that encodes the psi subunit of DNA polymerase III.

Phrases with Hold

Phrases starting with the word Hold:

  1. hold in
  2. Hold It
  3. hold on
  4. hold up
  5. Hold-Up
  6. Hold'em
  7. Hold 'Em
  8. hold off
  9. hold out
  10. Hold-ups
  11. hold back
  12. hold dear
  13. hold down
  14. hold fast
  15. Hold Fire

Phrases ending with the word Hold:

  1. On Hold
  2. to hold
  3. get hold
  4. Jug Hold
  5. Hand-Hold

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hold

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Google previewThe Madison Symposium on Complex Analysis (1992)

Proceedings of the Symposium on Complex Analysis Held June 2-7, 1991 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by Alexander Nagel, Edgar Lee Stout

to hold is that 70 be Lipschitz but not real analytic. For example, Theorem 1.7 holds if YO is a triangle, but not if Yo is a circle. (2) The notion of genericity used in Theorem 1.8 is formally the same as in (1) ...

Google previewA Non-Hausdorff Completion (2015)

The Abelian Category of C-complete Left Modules over a Topological Ring by Saul Lubkin

to hold is that every t-divisible element in M be infinitely t-divisible. Proof. If condition [3] of Corollary 4.3.13 holds, then let x ∈ M be a t-divisible element of M .

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

HOLD, v. t. 1st. To prevent from tailing or running away, les- - kuestem. 2d. To retain in one's possession, les-kuestem; lkl-koie; akl-anui; Ies- koiemein, es-koicmsten ; As-anuiem, es-anuimstgu ; les- chkoie-lem; As- chanuiletn.

Google previewA compendious law dictionary (1815)

containing both an explanation of the terms and the law itself : intended for the use of the country gentleman, the merchant, and the professional man by Thomas Potts

Commanders in chief, shall impower the commanders of a squadron, on a separate service, to hold courts martial) but if live or more ships meet in- foreign parts, the senior officer is to hold the same. If any thing sbrroM occur, which may render ...

Google previewA Rhyming Dictionary (1824)

Answering at the Same Time, the Purposes of Spelling and Pronouncing the English Language ... [with] an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

B A R 9 To u-surp'To hold without right, v.a. ' Asp A serpent; a tree, s. - - - To gasp To endeavour for breath; to long for, v. n. Gasp A convulsive catch of breath, s. * : * * Hasp A clasp for a staple, s. To hasp To shut with a hasp, v. a. Clasp A ...

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Usage statistics about hold

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb hold:

spoken English28.79%written English71.21% conversational speech50%task-oriented speech50% imaginative writing56.03%informational writing43.97%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hold:

claspkeeppostponementclutchwaitdetentionappreciationcustodyhandlegripholddelay

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb hold:

throwcontrolmaintainobtaincontainsupportapplyagreecarryholdkeepgivetakemakehave

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Quotes about Hold

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on hold fast hold out. Patience is genius. (George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon)
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Scrabble value of H4O1L1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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