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verb uk   /həʊld/ us    /hoʊld/ (held, held)

hold verb (SUPPORT)

A2 [T] to take and keep something in your hand or arms: Can you hold the bag while I open the door? He was holding a gun. The little girl held her mother's hand. He held her in his arms. [+ obj + adj ] Could you hold the door open, please? Rosie held out an apple for the horse. All those who agree, please hold up your hand (= raise your arm). [T] to support something: Will the rope be strong enough to hold my weight? Each wheel is held on with four bolts. The parts are held together with glue. hold your nose to press your nose tightly between thumb and finger in order to close it: I have to hold my nose when I jump into water. hold hands A2 When two people hold hands, one person holds the other person's hand, especially to show that they love each other: They walked along holding hands.
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hold verb (CONTAIN)

B1 [T not continuous] to contain or be able to contain something: This jug holds exactly one pint. One bag won't hold all of the shopping - we'd better take two. Computers can hold huge amounts of information. [T not continuous] to have or contain something that a person will experience: Who can tell what the future holds? She's very religious, so death holds no fear for her.

hold verb (CONTROL)

C1 [T] to have something, especially a position or money, or to control something: He currently holds the position of technical manager. The bank holds large reserves of gold. Despite incurring heavy losses, the rebels now hold the town and the surrounding hills.

hold verb (IN A COMPETITION)

B2 [T] to have a particular position in a competition: She holds the world record. They held the lead until the 89th minute.

hold verb (KEEP)

C1 [T] to keep something, especially when it might have been lost: I asked the shop to hold the dress for me until this afternoon. You have to be a fairly good speaker to hold an audience's attention/interest. B2 [T] to keep someone in a place so that they cannot leave: The police are holding several people in custody (= at the police station) for questioning. [+ obj + noun ] The terrorists held him hostage for 18 months. I was held prisoner in a tiny attic room.

hold verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

B1 [T] to have something such as a meeting or an election: Could we hold a meeting to discuss this tomorrow afternoon? The election will be held on 8 August. I find it's almost impossible to hold a sensible conversation with her.

hold verb (CONTINUE)

[I or T] to cause to stay or continue in the same way as before: Let's hope our good luck holds. I hope the repair holds until we get the car to a garage. The old adage that 'money talks' still holds true (= is still true). The government is committed to holding exports at their present level. The ship/aircraft held its course.

hold verb (BELIEVE)

[T not continuous] to believe an idea or opinion: [+ to infinitive] Small amounts of alcohol are held to be good for the heart. You sold it to me, so if it breaks I'll hold you responsible (= make you take responsibility).

hold verb (DELAY)

[I or T] to wait, or to stop something temporarily: They've decided to hold all future deliveries until the invoice has been paid. How long can you hold your breath (= stop breathing)? Will you hold my calls for the next half hour please? She's on the phone at the moment - will you hold (the line) (= wait on the phone until she can speak to you)?

hold verb (NOT INCLUDE)

[T] US If you ask someone to hold something, you do not want them to include it: I'd like a ham sandwich on rye, hold the lettuce.


noun uk   /həʊld/ us    /hoʊld/

hold noun (SUPPORT)

B2 [S or U] the act of holding something or someone, or the way you do this: Keep a tight hold on your tickets. Don't worry if you lose hold of the reins - the horse won't wander off. catch/get/grab/take hold of sth/sb B2 to start holding something or someone: He took hold of one end of the carpet and tugged. I just managed to grab hold of Lucy before she fell in the pool. [C] in fighting sports, a position in which one person holds another person so that they cannot move [C] a place to put the hands and feet, especially when climbing

hold noun (CONTROL)

C2 [S] power or control over something or someone: Their company has a strong hold on/over the computer market.

hold noun (DELAY)

on hold C1 If you are on hold when using the phone, you are waiting to speak to someone: Mr Briggs is on hold. His phone is engaged - can I put you on hold? C1 If an activity is on hold, it has been intentionally delayed: Everything's on hold again because of the bad weather. The film's been put on hold until the financial situation improves.

hold noun (SPACE)

[C] the space in a ship or aircraft in which goods are carried
(Definition of hold from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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