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English definition of “hold”

hold

verb [T] (CONTROL)   /hoʊld/ (past tense and past participle held  /held/)
to keep control or possession of something: His speech held the audience’s attention for over an hour . He was held prisoner for three days . After many days of fighting , the rebels now hold the town . The champion held the lead until the last lap . If someone who committed a crime is held, that person is kept guarded in a police station . If you hold a job or a financial account , you have it: He currently holds the position of managing editor . She holds three different accounts with the same bank .
(Definition of hold verb (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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