IN HAND[T]›to have something in your hand or arms: He was holding a glass of wine.She held the baby in her arms.They were holding hands and kissing.
KEEP IN POSITION[T]›to keep something in a particular position: Can you hold the door open please?Hold your hand up if you know the answer.The frame was held together with screws.They held a gun to his head.
ORGANIZE[T]›to organize an event: to hold talks/an election
CONTAIN[T]›to contain something or to be able to contain a particular amount of something: The bucket holds about 10 litres.
JOB OR QUALIFICATION[T]›to have a particular job, position, or qualification: She held the post of treasurer.
COMPETITION[T]›to have a particular position in a competition: to hold the world recordto hold the lead
STORE[T]›to store documents, information, etc in a particular place: The documents are held in the local library.
PRISONER[T]›to keep someone as a prisoner: Police held the suspect overnight.The hijackers are holding them hostage/prisoner.
ARMY[T]›If soldiers hold a place, they control it: Rebel troops held the village.
hold an opinion/belief/view›to believe something: They held the view that corporal punishment was good for children.
hold a conversation›to have a conversation
hold sb's attention/interest›to keep someone interested in something: The film held my attention from beginning to end.
TELEPHONE[I, T]›to wait on the telephone until someone can speak to you: Her line's busy. Would you like to hold?Hold the line, please.