Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hold”

See all translations

hold

verb
 
/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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hold” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hyphen

the symbol -, used to join two words together, or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More