WITH HANDS [C] › when you hold something or someone, or the way you do this: Keep a tight hold on your tickets.
catch/grab/take, etc hold of sth/sb › to start holding something or someone: He tried to escape, but I grabbed hold of his jacket.
get hold of sth/sb › to obtain something, or to manage to speak to someone: I got hold of a copy at the local library. I rang three times, but couldn't get hold of her.
on hold › If a plan or activity is on hold, it will not be done until a later time: The project is on hold until we get more money. › waiting to speak to someone on the telephone: His secretary put me on hold.
keep hold of sth › to keep something: Keep hold of this. You might need it later.
hold on/over sth/sb › power or control over something or someone: Their company has a strong hold on the computer market.