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English definition of “hold”

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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