Meaning of "hold" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /həʊld/ held

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

(Definition of “hold verb” from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)