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English definition of “hold”

hold

verb (KEEP)    /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ (held, held)
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 .Keeping and storing things 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 .Putting people in prisonArresting and charging
(Definition of hold verb (KEEP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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