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English definition of “hold”

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)
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