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Translation of "hold" - English-French dictionary

hold

verb /həuld/ ( past tense, past participle held /held/)
to have in one’s hand(s) or between one’s hands tenir He was holding a knife Hold that dish with both hands He held the little boy’s hand He held the mouse by its tail.
to have in a part, or between parts, of the body, or between parts of a tool etc tenir He held the pencil in his teeth She was holding a pile of books in her arms Hold the stamp with tweezers.
to support or keep from moving, running away, falling etc retenir What holds that shelf up? He held the door closed by leaning against it Hold your hands above your head Hold his arms so that he can’t struggle.
to remain in position, fixed etc when under strain tenir I’ve tied the two pieces of string together, but I’m not sure the knot will hold Will the anchor hold in a storm?
to keep (a person) in some place or in one’s power détenir The police are holding a man for questioning in connection with the murder He was held captive.
to (be able to) contain contenir This jug holds two pints You can’t hold water in a handkerchief This drawer holds all my shirts.
to cause to take place tenir, avoir lieu The meeting will be held next week We’ll hold the meeting in the hall.
to keep (oneself), or to be, in a particular state or condition (se) tenir We’ll hold ourselves in readiness in case you send for us She holds herself very erect.
to have or be in (a job etc) occuper He held the position of company secretary for five years.
to think strongly; to believe; to consider or regard tenir, croire I hold that this was the right decision He holds me (to be) responsible for everyone’s mistakes He is held in great respect He holds certain very odd beliefs.
to continue to be valid or apply être valable Our offer will hold until next week These rules hold under all circumstances.
(with to) to force (a person) to do something he has promised to do obliger (qqn) à tenir ses engagements I intend to hold him to his promises.
to defend défendre They held the castle against the enemy.
not to be beaten by résister The general realized that the soldiers could not hold the enemy for long.
to keep (a person’s attention) retenir If you can’t hold your pupils’ attention, you can’t be a good teacher.
to keep someone in a certain state avoir lieu Don’t hold us in suspense, what was the final decision?
to celebrate posséder The festival is held on 24 June.
to be the owner of (se) maintenir He holds shares in this company.
(of good weather) to continue patienter I hope the weather holds until after the school sports.
(also hold the line) (of a person who is making a telephone call) to wait tenir Mr Brown is busy at the moment – will you hold or would you like him to call you back?
to continue to sing garder Please hold that note for four whole beats.
to keep (something) réserver à They’ll hold your luggage at the station until you collect it.
(of the future) to be going to produce réserver à I wonder what the future holds for me?
-holder
a person or thing that holds something porte-(…); détenteur/-trice a pen-holder a ticket-holder (= a person who has a ticket for something).
hold-all noun
a (usually large) bag with a zip for packing clothes etc into. fourre-tout
get hold of
to manage to speak to joindre I’ve been trying to get hold of you by phone all morning.
to get, buy or obtain dénicher I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of that book for years.
hold back
to refuse to tell someone (something) cacher (qqch. à qqn) The police were convinced that the man was holding something back.
to prevent from happening, being seen etc, with an effort retenir The little girl succeeded in holding back her tears.
to prevent from making progress retarder I meant to finish cleaning the house, but the children have held me back all morning.
hold down
to keep or be allowed to stay in (a job) garder He is incapable of holding down a job.
hold forth
to talk or give one’s opinions, often loudly, at great length pérorer The prime minister held forth for hours on the success of his government.
hold good
to be true or valid; to apply rester valable Does that rule hold good in every case?
hold it
to stop or wait ne bougez plus! Hold it! Don’t start till I tell you to.
hold off
(of weather) to stay away (se) maintainir I hope the rain holds off.
to keep off; to fight successfully against contenir The soldiers managed to hold off the enemy.
hold on
(often with to) to keep (a grip on) (something) (se) tenir (à) She held on to me to stop herself slipping I couldn’t hold on any longer, so I let go of the rope.
to stop or wait patienter Hold on – I’m not quite ready yet The operator asked the caller to hold on while she connected him.
hold out
to continue to survive etc until help arrives (sou)tenir The rescue team hoped the men in the boat could hold out till they arrived.
to continue to fight against an enemy attack tenir The soldiers held out for eight days.
to be enough to last suffire Will our supplies hold out till the end of the month?
hold one’s own
to be as successful in a fight, argument etc as one’s opponent tenir bon His opponents tried to prove his arguments wrong but he managed to hold his own.
hold one’s tongue
to remain silent or stop talking tenir sa langue There were a lot of things I wanted to say, but I thought I’d better just hold my tongue.
hold up
to stop or slow the progress of retenir I’m sorry I’m late – I got held up at the office.
to stop and rob attaquer (à main armée) The bandits held up the stagecoach.
hold-up noun
vol à main armée
hold with
to approve of approuver He doesn’t hold with smoking.
(Definition of hold from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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