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English definition of “hold”

hold

verb [T] (CONTROL)    /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ (held, held)
C1 to have something, especially a position or money, or to control something: He currently holds the position of technical manager. The bank holds large reserves of gold. Despite incurring heavy losses, the rebels now hold the town and the surrounding hills.Having and owning - general wordsControlling and being in charge
(Definition of hold verb (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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