Translation of "hold" - English-Italian dictionary

hold

verb uk /həʊld/ us /hoʊld/ past tense and past participle held

A2 to have something in your hand or arms

tenere
He was holding a glass of wine. Teneva in mano un bicchiere di vino.
She held the baby in her arms. Teneva in braccio il bambino.

B1 to keep something in a particular position

tenere
Can you hold the door open, please? Puoi tenere aperta la porta, per favore?
Hold your hand up if you know the answer. Alza la mano se sai rispondere.

B1 to organize an event

organizzare
They are holding an election. Tengono le elezioni.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday morning. La riunione si terrà martedì mattina.

B1 to contain something

contenere, avere la capienza di
The bucket holds about ten litres. Il secchio ha la capienza di dieci litri.

to keep someone in a place so that the person cannot leave

trattenere, fermare
I was held prisoner in a tiny room. Sono stato tenuto prigioniero in una stanza piccolissima.
hold it! informal

used to tell someone to wait

aspetta!, aspettate!
Hold it! I’ve forgotten my coat. Aspetta! Ho dimenticato il cappotto.
noun uk /həʊld/ us /hoʊld/

[ no plural ] the act of holding something in your hand

presa, il tenere in mano
Keep a tight hold on your tickets. Tenete i biglietti ben stretti.
catch, grab, etc. hold of something/someone

to start holding something or someone

afferrare qualcosa/qualcuno
He tried to escape, but I grabbed hold of his jacket. Ha cercato di scappare ma l’ho afferrato per la giacca.
get hold of something

to get something

prendere qualcosa, trovare qualcosa
I got hold of the book at the local library. Ho trovato il libro alla biblioteca locale.
get hold of someone

to manage to speak to someone

trovare qualcuno, contattare qualcuno
I rang three times, but couldn’t get hold of her. Ho telefonato tre volte ma non sono riuscito a rintracciarla.

an area on a plane or ship for storing things

stiva
a cargo hold una stiva per merci

(Translation of “hold” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)