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English definition of “hold”

hold

verb [T] (CONTROL)    /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ (held, held)
C1 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 .Having and owning - general wordsControlling and being in charge
(Definition of hold verb (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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