› [T] to have something, especially a position or money, or to control something: hold power/control The CEO holds power only as long as the directors approve of his methods.hold a stake/an interest/shares The bank holds an interest in the real estate company.hold a position/job/post Before taking his present post, he held the position of chief financial regulator.hold a mortgage/loan She holds the mortgage, so she has the right to foreclose on the property.hold the rights to sth Who holds the rights to screen these games?hold a patent The world's largest biotech firm holds patents on the DNA sequences of thousands of varieties of grain.
› [T] to keep something, especially when it might be needed in the future: Accountants recommend holding records for more than seven years. Ten seats are being held for the chief executives.hold stocks/supplies We hold large stocks of all these items, and are generally able to guarantee next-day delivery.
› [T] FINANCE to keep money or an investment, and not sell it: We'll hold the bonds until the resale market improves. For these stocks, the recommendation is: Hold! → See also buy-and-hold
› [T] to contain or be able to contain a number of people or things: Each container can hold 500 pounds of cargo. The auditorium is designed to hold 1,000 people.
› [T] MEETINGS to make an event, especially a meeting, happen: hold a meeting/conference/conference call The software development conference is scheduled to be held in San Francisco in April.
› [I or T] FINANCE to stay, or make something stay, at the same level as before: hold a rate/price/tax The Federal Reserve held interest rates at 3%. The Chancellor is expected to hold capital gains tax at its present rate. The markets held steady, despite the report of higher inflation.
› [T] LAW to make a judgment in a court of law: A superior court judge held that the plaintiff had no legal claim to royalties.
› [I or T] COMMUNICATIONS to wait when you are phoning until you can talk to the person that you want to speak to: He'll answering another call right now. Can you hold? Please hold the line. I'll try to connect you.
hold all the cards › to be in a strong position when you are competing with someone else, because you have all the advantages: Management holds all the cards when it comes to the negotiations over job cuts.
hold the floor › MEETINGS to speak in a formal situation, such as at a conference or meeting: Martin held the floor for almost an hour.
hold down the fort (UK hold the fort) › WORKPLACE to deal with a situation, or do someone's job, while they are away: She went off on vacation, leaving me to hold down the fort. Will you hold the fort while I go for lunch?
hold your ground › to keep or defend an opinion or an idea, even when other people do not agree with you: We'll hold our ground until they accept our changes to the contract.
hold sb's hand › to help someone to do something, especially when it is a new or difficult task: A call center technician held my hand as he talked me through installing the hardware. You shouldn't really need your boss to hold your hand any longer.
hold office › GOVERNMENT, POLITICS to have a position of authority, especially in government: A president can only hold office for two terms of four years each. Things were not very different when the previous government held office.
hold your own › to continue to be in a strong or fairly strong position, even when there are difficulties: hold your own against sb/sth They held their own against heavily marketed overseas brands.
hold the purse strings › to control when and how money is spent: Head office holds the purse strings, and we'll need approval to buy any new equipment.
hold the reins › to be in control of something: He currently holds the reins at one of the fastest growing mobile communications businesses in the country.
hold sth in reserve › to keep something until a time when it is needed for a particular purpose: Four million additional tons of grain are held in reserve each month.
hold sway › formal to have control or influence over someone or something: Party leaders held sway over the hearings.
hold title › PROPERTY to have or control the rights to land, buildings, or other property: hold title to sth She held title to the property and all mineral rights.
hold (its) value › to not fall in price: The older models haven't held value as much as collectors anticipated.