A2 to have something in your hand or arms: He was holding a glass of wine. She held the baby in her arms.
B1 to keep something in a particular position: Can you hold the door open, please? Hold your hand up if you know the answer.
B1 to organize an event: They are holding an election.
B1 to contain something: The bucket holds about ten litres.
› to keep someone in a place so that the person cannot leave: I was held prisoner in a tiny room.
Hold it! informal › used to tell someone to wait: Hold it! I’ve forgotten my coat.
hold your breath › to stop breathing for a time