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Definition 1: the act of grasping - [noun denoting act]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he released his clasp on my arm
  • he has a strong grip for an old man
  • she kept a firm hold on the railing

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)

(... is a kind of hold ) a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind

"he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"

(... is a kind of hold ) the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

(... is a kind of hold ) a hold used in the sport of wrestling

Definition 2: the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he grabbed the hammer by the handle
  • it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) a part that is joined to something larger

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a sword or dagger

(... is a kind of hold ) a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse

(... is a kind of hold ) the stock or handle of a whip

(... is a kind of hold ) handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a pan

(... is a kind of hold ) a round handle

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a weapon or tool

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a mop

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a hoe

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a rake

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle end of some implements or tools

"he grabbed the cue by the stock"

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a broom

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun

"the rifle had been fitted with a special stock"

(... is a kind of hold ) the handle of an ax

(hold is a part of ...) cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

(... is part of hold) a deep pan with a handle; used for stewing or boiling

(... is part of hold) a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle; used to sprinkle water over plants

(... is part of hold) a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir

(... is part of hold) a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another

(... is part of hold) a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy

(... is part of hold) with handle and usually cylindrical

(... is part of hold) a cup from which tea is drunk

(... is part of hold) a turner with a narrow flexible blade

(... is part of hold) a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games

(... is part of hold) a tool used with workers' hands

(... is part of hold) cases used to carry belongings when traveling

(... is part of hold) an implement used in baseball by the batter

(... is part of hold) a case with a handle; for carrying papers or files or books

(... is part of hold) an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle

(... is part of hold) implement for beating dust out of carpets

(... is part of hold) box-shaped baby bed with handles (for a baby to sleep in while being carried)

(... is part of hold) a kitchen utensil (board or handle) with a wire for cutting cheese

(... is part of hold) a cup from which coffee is drunk

(... is part of hold) tall pot in which coffee is brewed

(... is part of hold) the club used in playing cricket

"a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting"

(... is part of hold) tableware implements for cutting and eating food

(... is part of hold) any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)

(... is part of hold) a pan used for frying foods

(... is part of hold) a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; carried by two people

(... is part of hold) wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels

"he used a handcart to carry the rocks away" "their pushcart was piled high with groceries"

(... is part of hold) the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle

(... is part of hold) telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle

(... is part of hold) a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water

Definition 3: a cell in a jail or prison - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) a room where a prisoner is kept

Definition 4: the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose

(... is part of hold) a vessel that carries passengers or freight

Definition 5: a stronghold - [noun denoting artifact]

(hold is a kind of ...) a strongly fortified defensive structure

(hold is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 6: power by which something or someone is affected or dominated - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has a hold over them

(hold is a kind of ...) power to direct or determine

"under control"

Definition 7: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has a good grasp of accounting practices

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) the cognitive condition of someone who understands

"he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

(... is a kind of hold ) a natural appreciation or ability

"a keen musical sense" "a good sense of timing"

Definition 8: a state of being confined (usually for a short time) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his detention was politically motivated
  • the prisoner is on hold
  • he is in the custody of police

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) the state of being confined

"he was held in confinement"

Definition 9: time during which some action is awaited - [noun denoting time]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • instant replay caused too long a delay
  • he ordered a hold in the action

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

(... is a kind of hold ) a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt

"they applied for an extension of the loan"

(... is a kind of hold ) a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged

(... is a kind of hold ) the extent to which something is delayed or held back

Definition 10: keep from exhaling or expelling - [verb of body]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold your breath

(hold is a kind of ...) prevent the action or expression of

"hold back your anger" "keep your cool" "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

Definition 11: keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view - [verb of cognition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • take for granted
  • view as important
  • hold these truths to be self-evident
  • I hold him personally responsible

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) deem to be

"She views this quite differently from me" "I consider her to be shallow" "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) assert or affirm

"Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

Definition 12: hold the attention of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The soprano held the audience
  • This story held our interest
  • She can hold an audience spellbound

(hold is a kind of ...) attract; cause to be enamored

"She captured all the men's hearts"

Definition 13: assert or affirm - [verb of cognition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good

(hold is a kind of ...) to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

"Before God I swear I am innocent"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view

"take for granted" "view as important" "hold these truths to be self-evident" "I hold him personally responsible"

Definition 14: remain committed to - [verb of cognition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I hold to these ideas

(hold is a kind of ...) judge or regard; look upon; judge

"I think he is very smart" "I believe her to be very smart" "I think that he is her boyfriend" "The racist conceives such people to be inferior"

Definition 15: declare to be - [verb of communication]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She was declared incompetent
  • judge held that the defendant was innocent

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

(... is a kind of hold ) declare null and void; make ineffective

"Cancel the election results" "strike down a law"

(... is a kind of hold ) pronounce judgment on

"They labeled him unfit to work here"

(... is a kind of hold ) declare (a dead person) to be a saint

"After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized"

(... is a kind of hold ) declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood

"On Sunday, the martyr will be beatified by the Vatican"

(... is a kind of hold ) declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

"call a runner out"

(... is a kind of hold ) declare legally insane

(... is a kind of hold ) declare a child to be illegitimate

(... is a kind of hold ) declare to be obsolete

(... is a kind of hold ) declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

"He admitted his errors" "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"

(... is a kind of hold ) make formal or official

"We formalized the appointment and gave him a title"

Definition 16: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted - [verb of communication]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He's held by a contract
  • I'll hold you by your promise

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) have or establish a relationship to

"She relates well to her peers"

(... is a kind of hold ) bind or secure by a pledge

"I was pledged to silence"

(... is a kind of hold ) bind by a contract; especially for a training period

(... is a kind of hold ) bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant

"an indentured servant"

(... is a kind of hold ) restrain from independence by an obligation

"He was tied down by his work"

Definition 17: be in accord; be in agreement - [verb of communication]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We agreed on the terms of the settlement
  • I can't agree with you!
  • I hold with those who say life is sacred
  • Both philosophers concord on this point

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement

"The two parties finally settled"

(... is a kind of hold ) come to terms

"After some discussion we finally made up"

(... is a kind of hold ) be in agreement

"We never saw eye to eye on this question"

(... is a kind of hold ) be willing to concede

"I grant you this much"

(... is a kind of hold ) adopt as a belief

"I subscribe to your view on abortion"

(... is a kind of hold ) reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

(... is a kind of hold ) make arrangements for

"Can you arrange a meeting with the President?"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose

"No two of my colleagues would agree on whom to elect chairman"

Definition 18: aim, point, or direct - [verb of competition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames

(hold is a kind of ...) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

"Please don't aim at your little brother!" "He trained his gun on the burglar" "Don't train your camera on the women" "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

Definition 19: protect against a challenge or attack - [verb of competition]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hold that position behind the trees!
  • Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) take and maintain control over, often by violent means

"The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

Definition 20: drink alcohol without showing ill effects - [verb of consumption]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He can hold his liquor
  • he had drunk more than he could carry

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) consume alcohol

"We were up drinking all night"

Definition 21: have or hold in one's hands or grip - [verb of contact]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hold this bowl for a moment, please
  • A crazy idea took hold of him

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) hold firmly

(... is a kind of hold ) hold firmly, usually with one's hands

"She clutched my arm when she got scared"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold gently and carefully

"He cradles the child in his arms"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches

(... is a kind of hold ) hold in a locking position

"He locked his hands around her neck"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold or catch as if in a trap

"The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold or place in or as if in a cradle

"He cradled the infant in his arms"

Definition 22: be the physical support of; carry the weight of - [verb of contact]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The beam holds up the roof
  • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
  • What's holding that mirror?

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) provide with a scaffold for support

"scaffold the building before painting it"

(... is a kind of hold ) support structurally

"truss the roofs" "trussed bridges"

(... is a kind of hold ) support by placing against something solid or rigid

"shore and buttress an old building"

(... is a kind of hold ) support from beneath

(... is a kind of hold ) support with brackets

"bracket bookshelves"

(... is a kind of hold ) support on poles

"pole climbing plants like beans"

(... is a kind of hold ) keep afloat

"The life vest buoyed him up"

(... is a kind of hold ) support on chocks

"chock the boat"

(... is a kind of hold ) bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of

"His efforts carried the entire project" "How many credits is this student carrying?" "We carry a very large mortgage"

(... is a kind of hold ) support, secure, or raise with a block

"block a plate for printing" "block the wheels of a car"

(... is a kind of hold ) support by bracing

Definition 23: support or hold in a certain manner - [verb of contact]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She holds her head high
  • He carried himself upright

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) hold or carry in a sling

"he cannot button his shirt with his slinged arm"

(... is a kind of hold ) carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward

"The old man was stooping but he could walk around without a cane"

(... is a kind of hold ) support on the back and shoulders

"He piggybacked her child so she could see the show"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold or carry in equilibrium

(... is a kind of hold ) behave in a certain manner

"She carried herself well" "he bore himself with dignity" "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

Definition 24: to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement - [verb of contact]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This holds the local until the express passengers change trains
  • About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade
  • The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center
  • The terrorists held the journalists for ransom

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) make unable to perform a certain action

"disable this command on your computer"

(... is a kind of hold ) secure with or as if with ropes

"tie down the prisoners" "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"

(... is a kind of hold ) restrain with fetters

(... is a kind of hold ) restrain or bind with chains

(... is a kind of hold ) bind the arms of

(... is a kind of hold ) place or shut up in a pound

"pound the cows so they don't stray"

(... is a kind of hold ) shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits

"The prisoners are safely pounded"

(... is a kind of hold ) confine in a fold, like sheep

(... is a kind of hold ) confine or restrict to the ground

"After the accident, they grounded the plane and the pilot"

Definition 25: cover as for protection against noise or smell - [verb of contact]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate
  • hold one's nose

(hold is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

Definition 26: organize or be responsible for - [verb of creation]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold a reception
  • have, throw, or make a party
  • give a course

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) be in charge of

Definition 27: maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings) - [verb of emotion]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bear a grudge
  • entertain interesting notions
  • harbor a resentment

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

"She felt resentful" "He felt regret"

Definition 28: cause to stop - [verb of motion]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Halt the engines
  • Arrest the progress
  • halt the presses

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) cause to stop

"stop a car" "stop the thief"

Definition 29: have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense - [verb of possession]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She has $1,000 in the bank
  • He has got two beautiful daughters
  • She holds a Master's degree from Harvard

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) supply with necessities and support

"She alone sustained her family" "The money will sustain our good cause" "There's little to earn and many to keep"

(... is a kind of hold ) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

"She bears the title of Duchess" "He held the governorship for almost a decade"

(... is a kind of hold ) have on hand

"Do you carry kerosene heaters?"

(... is a kind of hold ) have and exercise

"wield power and authority"

(... is a kind of hold ) have or exploit a monopoly of

"OPEC wants to monopolize oil"

(... is a kind of hold ) have as a supply

"I always keep batteries in the freezer" "keep food for a week in the pantry" "She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator"

(... is a kind of hold ) maintain for use and service

"I keep a car in the countryside" "She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips"

(... is a kind of hold ) look after; be the keeper of; have charge of

"He keeps the shop when I am gone"

(... is a kind of hold ) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

(... is a kind of hold ) have or possess something abstract

"I carry her image in my mind's eye" "I will carry the secret to my grave" "I carry these thoughts in the back of my head" "I carry a lot of life insurance"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) have as a feature

"This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

Definition 30: secure and keep for possible future use or application - [verb of possession]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The landlord retained the security deposit
  • I reserve the right to disagree

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

(... is a kind of hold ) keep

"She manages to hold down two jobs"

Definition 31: have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices - [verb of possession]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She bears the title of Duchess
  • He held the governorship for almost a decade

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reserve me a seat on a flight
  • The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family
  • please hold a table at Maxim's

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

(... is a kind of hold ) retain rights to

"keep my job for me while I give birth" "keep my seat, please" "keep open the possibility of a merger"

(hold implies ...) get by special effort

"He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance

"We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hold the taxi
  • Hold the horse

(hold is a kind of ...) stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

"We must prevent the cancer from spreading" "His snoring kept me from falling asleep" "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week

(hold is a kind of ...) exercise authoritative control or power over

"control the budget" "Command the military forces"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) protect against a challenge or attack

"Hold that position behind the trees!" "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • moderate your alcohol intake
  • hold your tongue
  • hold your temper
  • control your anger

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) prevent the action or expression of

"hold back your anger" "keep your cool" "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

(... is a kind of hold ) control the temperature with a thermostat

(... is a kind of hold ) moderate or restrain; lessen the force of

"He bated his breath when talking about this affair" "capable of bating his enthusiasm"

(... is a kind of hold ) check oneself during an action

"She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

(... is a kind of hold ) cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

"train the vine"

(... is a kind of hold ) deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure

"She denied herself wine and spirits"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold within limits and control

"subdue one's appetites" "mortify the flesh"

(... is a kind of hold ) restrain or discourage

"the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"

(... is a kind of hold ) bring under control by force or authority

"suppress a nascent uprising" "stamp down on littering" "conquer one's desires"

(... is a kind of hold ) oppose or check by a counteraction

Definition 36: cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean' - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold in place
  • She always held herself as a lady
  • The students keep me on my toes

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) maintain a certain pressure

"the airplane cabin is pressurized" "pressurize a space suit"

(... is a kind of hold ) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

"preserve the peace in the family" "continue the family tradition" "Carry on the old traditions"

(... is a kind of hold ) keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time

(... is a kind of hold ) keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change

"Energy is conserved in this process"

(... is a kind of hold ) keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing

"preserve the forest and the lakes"

(... is a kind of hold ) keep at a distance

"we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"

(... is a kind of hold ) maintain a household; take care of all business related to a household

Definition 37: remain in a certain state, position, or condition - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The weather held
  • They held on the road and kept marching

(hold is a kind of ...) continue a certain state, condition, or activity

"Keep on working!" "We continued to work into the night" "Keep smiling" "We went on working until well past midnight"

Definition 38: be valid, applicable, or true - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This theory still holds

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) have an existence, be extant

"Is there a God?"

Definition 39: be pertinent or relevant or applicable - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The same laws apply to you!
  • This theory holds for all irrational numbers
  • The same rules go for everyone

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) be relevant to

"There were lots of questions referring to her talk" "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) be applicable to; as to an analysis

"This theory lends itself well to our new data"

Definition 40: have room for; hold without crowding - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This hotel can accommodate 250 guests
  • The theater admits 300 people
  • The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold ) be able to accommodate for sleeping

"This tent sleeps six people"

(... is a kind of hold ) contain or cover

"This box houses the gears"

(... is a kind of hold ) be able to seat

"The theater seats 2,000"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) be capable of holding or containing

"This box won't take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

Definition 41: have as a major characteristic - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The novel holds many surprises
  • The book holds in store much valuable advise

(hold is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 42: resist or confront with resistance - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The politician defied public opinion
  • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
  • The bridge held

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

(... is a kind of hold ) face and withstand with courage

"She braved the elements"

Definition 43: stop dealing with - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting

(hold is a kind of ...) hold back to a later time

"let's postpone the exam"

Definition 44: contain or hold; have within - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The jar carries wine
  • The canteen holds fresh water
  • This can contains water

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) have as a part, be made up out of

"The list includes the names of many famous writers"

(... is a kind of hold ) hold back within

"This soil retains water" "I retain this drug for a long time" "the dam retains the water"

(... is a kind of hold ) close in

"darkness enclosed him"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) be capable of holding or containing

"This box won't take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

Definition 45: be capable of holding or containing - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This box won't take all the items
  • The flask holds one gallon

Synonyms for hold in the sense of this definition

(hold is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) contain or hold; have within

"The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

(hold has a similar meaning as ...) have room for; hold without crowding

"This hotel can accommodate 250 guests" "The theater admits 300 people" "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"

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