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English definition of “hold”


verb [I/T] (DELAY)   /hoʊld/ (past tense and past participle held  /held/)
to stop something from happening, or to delay something temporarily: [T] How long can you hold your breath? Someone on the telephone who asks you to hold wants you to wait until that person or someone else can speak to you: [I] Her line is busy, would you like to hold? If you hold something that is usually included in food, you do not include it: [T] I’d like a salad, but hold the dressing.
(Definition of hold verb (DELAY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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