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hold

noun
 
 
/həʊld/
[S] power or control over someone or something: a hold over sb/sth With the new law, Congress strengthened its hold over mortgage rates.a hold on sth They're keeping their strong hold on the smartphone market. a strong/tight hold keep/tighten/lose your hold
[C or U] STOCK MARKET a suggestion that someone should not sell the shares that they own in a company, but that they should not buy any new shares: Analysts changed "buys" to "holds" after the annual report appeared. We have recently downgraded our recommendation for the Forest Group to "Hold". →  See also hold rating
[C] BANKING a delay by a bank to prevent money from being taken from an account: It took three days for the hold on the payment to be cleared.
[C] TRANSPORT the place on a ship or aircraft where goods are carried: Inspectors examined the hold to look for stowaways.
on hold not being done now, but perhaps being done later: Any new building has been put on hold until the economy improves. not changing or moving: The dollar is on hold at the same level it was at a year ago. COMMUNICATIONS waiting for someone to return to or to begin a phone conversation: Technical support had me on hold for 20 minutes while they researched my question. I'll just put you on hold while I ask my manager about this.
take hold to start to have an effect: New stimulus funds took hold in time to keep unemployment low.
(Definition of hold noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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