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English definition of “hold”


verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE AWAY)   /hoʊld/ (past tense and past participle held  /held/)
to move something away from your body: [M] Rosie held an apple out to the horse. [M] Close your eyes and hold out your hands. [M] All those who agree, please hold your hand up.
(Definition of hold verb (MOVE AWAY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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