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English definition of “hold”

hold

verb [always + adv/prep] (KEEP IN PLACE)   /hoʊld/ (past tense and past participle held  /held/)
to keep something in a particular place or position: [M] Could you hold the door open for me, please? [M] I can’t fasten this skirt unless I hold my stomach in (= keep it tight with my muscles so that it does not stick out). [M] Each wheel is held on by/with four bolts. [M] Individual parts are held together with glue. [I] Hold still (= Do not move)!
(Definition of hold verb (KEEP IN PLACE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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