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Translation of "hold" - English-German dictionary

hold

verb /həuld/ ( past tense, past participle held /held/)
to have in one’s hand(s) or between one’s hands halten He was holding a knife Hold that dish with both hands He held the little boy’s hand He held the mouse by its tail.
to have in a part, or between parts, of the body, or between parts of a tool etc halten He held the pencil in his teeth She was holding a pile of books in her arms Hold the stamp with tweezers.
to support or keep from moving, running away, falling etc halten What holds that shelf up? He held the door closed by leaning against it Hold your hands above your head Hold his arms so that he can’t struggle.
to remain in position, fixed etc when under strain halten I’ve tied the two pieces of string together, but I’m not sure the knot will hold Will the anchor hold in a storm?
to keep (a person) in some place or in one’s power festhalten The police are holding a man for questioning in connection with the murder He was held captive.
to (be able to) contain (ent)halten This jug holds two pints You can’t hold water in a handkerchief This drawer holds all my shirts.
to cause to take place abhalten The meeting will be held next week We’ll hold the meeting in the hall.
to keep (oneself), or to be, in a particular state or condition halten We’ll hold ourselves in readiness in case you send for us She holds herself very erect.
to have or be in (a job etc) beibehalten He held the position of company secretary for five years.
to think strongly; to believe; to consider or regard die Aussicht haben I hold that this was the right decision He holds me (to be) responsible for everyone’s mistakes He is held in great respect He holds certain very odd beliefs.
to continue to be valid or apply gelten Our offer will hold until next week These rules hold under all circumstances.
(with to) to force (a person) to do something he has promised to do festhalten I intend to hold him to his promises.
to defend (stand)halten They held the castle against the enemy.
not to be beaten by standhalten The general realized that the soldiers could not hold the enemy for long.
to keep (a person’s attention) fesseln If you can’t hold your pupils’ attention, you can’t be a good teacher.
to keep someone in a certain state abhalten Don’t hold us in suspense, what was the final decision?
to celebrate innehaben The festival is held on 24 June.
to be the owner of sich halten He holds shares in this company.
(of good weather) to continue warten I hope the weather holds until after the school sports.
(also hold the line) (of a person who is making a telephone call) to wait aushalten Mr Brown is busy at the moment – will you hold or would you like him to call you back?
to continue to sing aufbewahren Please hold that note for four whole beats.
to keep (something) bringen They’ll hold your luggage at the station until you collect it.
(of the future) to be going to produce bringen I wonder what the future holds for me?
-holder
a person or thing that holds something -halter a pen-holder a ticket-holder (= a person who has a ticket for something).
hold-all noun
a (usually large) bag with a zip for packing clothes etc into. die Reisetasche
get hold of
to manage to speak to jemanden erwischen I’ve been trying to get hold of you by phone all morning.
to get, buy or obtain erwischen I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of that book for years.
hold back
to refuse to tell someone (something) verbergen The police were convinced that the man was holding something back.
to prevent from happening, being seen etc, with an effort zurückhalten The little girl succeeded in holding back her tears.
to prevent from making progress abhalten I meant to finish cleaning the house, but the children have held me back all morning.
hold down
to keep or be allowed to stay in (a job) behalten He is incapable of holding down a job.
hold forth
to talk or give one’s opinions, often loudly, at great length sich auslassen The prime minister held forth for hours on the success of his government.
hold good
to be true or valid; to apply gelten Does that rule hold good in every case?
hold it
to stop or wait Halt! Hold it! Don’t start till I tell you to.
hold off
(of weather) to stay away ausbleiben I hope the rain holds off.
to keep off; to fight successfully against zurückhalten The soldiers managed to hold off the enemy.
hold on
(often with to) to keep (a grip on) (something) festhalten She held on to me to stop herself slipping I couldn’t hold on any longer, so I let go of the rope.
to stop or wait warten Hold on – I’m not quite ready yet The operator asked the caller to hold on while she connected him.
hold out
to continue to survive etc until help arrives durchhalten The rescue team hoped the men in the boat could hold out till they arrived.
to continue to fight against an enemy attack standhalten The soldiers held out for eight days.
to be enough to last ausreichen Will our supplies hold out till the end of the month?
hold one’s own
to be as successful in a fight, argument etc as one’s opponent sich behaupten His opponents tried to prove his arguments wrong but he managed to hold his own.
hold one’s tongue
to remain silent or stop talking den Mund halten There were a lot of things I wanted to say, but I thought I’d better just hold my tongue.
hold up
to stop or slow the progress of aufhalten I’m sorry I’m late – I got held up at the office.
to stop and rob überfallen The bandits held up the stagecoach.
hold-up noun
das Hindernis, der Überfall
hold with
to approve of es halten mit He doesn’t hold with smoking.
(Definition of hold from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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