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English definition of “hold”

hold

verb [T] (CONTROL)   /hoʊld/ (past tense and past participle held  /held/)
to keep control or possession of something: His speech held the audience’s attention for over an hour. He was held prisoner for three days. After many days of fighting, the rebels now hold the town. The champion held the lead until the last lap. If someone who committed a crime is held, that person is kept guarded in a police station. If you hold a job or a financial account, you have it: He currently holds the position of managing editor. She holds three different accounts with the same bank.
(Definition of hold verb (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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