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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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