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hold

verb
 
/həʊld/ ( past tense and past participle held)
A2 to have something in your hand or arms
tenere
He was holding a glass of wine. She held the baby in her arms.
B1 to keep something in a particular position
tenere
Can you hold the door open, please? Hold your hand up if you know the answer.
B1 to organize an event
organizzare
They are holding an election. The meeting will be held on Tuesday morning.
B1 to contain something
contenere
The bucket holds about ten litres.
to keep someone in a place so that the person cannot leave
trattenere, fermare
I was held prisoner in a tiny room.
hold it! informal used to tell someone to wait
aspetta!, aspettate!
Hold it! I’ve forgotten my coat.
(Definition of hold verb from the Cambridge English-Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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