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noun [S] (CONTROL)    /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/
C2 power or control over something or someone: Their company has a strong hold on/over the computer market.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
(Definition of hold noun (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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