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English definition of “hold”


verb [I or T] (DELAY)    /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ (held, held)
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)?Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of hold verb (DELAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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