Hold Definition

Define what is Hold?

1. clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp (noun)

the act of grasping.

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

prehension, taking hold, grasping, seizing noun
the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles).


choke hold, chokehold noun
a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind.

embrace, embracement, embracing noun
the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection).

wrestling hold noun
a hold used in the sport of wrestling.

2. hold, keep, maintain (verb)

keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,.

  • keep clean.
  • hold in place.
  • She always held herself as a lady.
  • The students keep me on my toes.
Synonyms: keep, maintain

pressurise, pressurize verb
maintain a certain pressure.

preserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on verb
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last.

hold over verb
keep in a position or state from an earlier period of time.

conserve verb
keep constant through physical or chemical reactions or evolutionary change.

preserve verb
keep undisturbed for personal or private use for hunting, shooting, or fishing.

distance verb
keep at a distance.

housekeep verb
maintain a household; take care of all business related to a household.

3. appreciation, grasp, hold (noun)

understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something.

  • he has a good grasp of accounting practices.
Synonyms: appreciation, grasp

discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension noun
the cognitive condition of someone who understands.


sense noun
a natural appreciation or ability.

4. hold, take hold (verb)

have or hold in one's hands or grip.

  • Hold this bowl for a moment, please.
  • A crazy idea took hold of him.
Synonyms: take hold
Antonyms: let go, let go of, release, relinquish (verb)

release, as from one's grip.


grasp, hold on verb
hold firmly.

cling to, hold close, hold tight, clutch verb
hold firmly, usually with one's hands.

cradle verb
hold gently and carefully.

clinch verb
hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches.

interlace, interlock, lock verb
hold in a locking position.

trap verb
hold or catch as if in a trap.

cradle verb
hold or place in or as if in a cradle.

5. hold, give, have, throw, make (verb)

organize or be responsible for.

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

direct verb
be in charge of.

6. hold (noun)

power by which something or someone is affected or dominated.

  • he has a hold over them.

control noun
power to direct or determine.

7. have, have got, hold (verb)

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.
Synonyms: have, have got

maintain, sustain, keep verb
supply with necessities and support.

keep, hold on verb
retain possession of.

keep verb
look after; be the keeper of; have charge of.

maintain, keep verb
maintain for use and service.

keep verb
have as a supply.

monopolise, monopolize verb
have or exploit a monopoly of.

wield, exert, maintain verb
have and exercise.

stock, stockpile, carry verb
have on hand.

hold, bear verb
have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices.

carry verb
have or possess something abstract.

8. delay, postponement, time lag, wait, hold (noun)

time during which some action is awaited.

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

pause, intermission, suspension, interruption, break noun
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something.


extension noun
a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt.

moratorium noun
a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged.

retardation noun
the extent to which something is delayed or held back.

9. custody, detainment, detention, hold (noun)

a state of being confined (usually for a short time).

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

confinement noun
the state of being confined.

10. deem, take for, view as, hold (verb)

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.
Synonyms: deem, take for, view as

consider, regard, view, reckon, see verb
deem to be.

11. hold (noun)

a stronghold.


    stronghold, fastness noun
    a strongly fortified defensive structure.

    12. harbor, nurse, entertain, harbour, hold (verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings).

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

    feel, experience verb
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind.

    13. restrain, confine, hold (verb)

    to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement.

    • 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: restrain, confine

    disable, disenable, incapacitate verb
    make unable to perform a certain action.


    tie down, tie up, truss, bind verb
    secure with or as if with ropes.

    fetter, shackle verb
    restrain with fetters.

    enchain verb
    restrain or bind with chains.

    pinion, shackle verb
    bind the arms of.

    impound, Pound verb
    place or shut up in a pound.

    pound up, Pound verb
    shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits.

    pen up, fold verb
    confine in a fold, like sheep.

    ground verb
    confine or restrict to the ground.

    14. keep, hold (noun)

    a cell in a jail or prison.

      Synonyms: keep

      jail cell, prison cell, cell noun
      a room where a prisoner is kept.

      15. keep back, retain, hold back, hold (verb)

      secure and keep for possible future use or application.

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

      keep, hold on verb
      retain possession of.


      hold down verb

      16. handgrip, handle, grip, hold (noun)

      the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it.

      • he grabbed the hammer by the handle.
      • it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip.
      Synonyms: handgrip, handle, grip

      appendage noun
      a part that is joined to something larger.


      ax handle, axe handle noun
      the handle of an ax.

      broom handle, broomstick noun
      the handle of a broom.

      crop noun
      the stock or handle of a whip.

      haft, helve noun
      the handle of a weapon or tool.

      hilt noun
      the handle of a sword or dagger.

      hoe handle noun
      the handle of a hoe.

      knob noun
      a round handle.

      mop handle noun
      the handle of a mop.

      panhandle noun
      the handle of a pan.

      saddlebow, pommel noun
      handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle.

      pommel noun
      a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse.

      rake handle noun
      the handle of a rake.

      stock noun
      the handle end of some implements or tools.

      gunstock, stock noun
      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.

      17. cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area, hold (noun)

      the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo.


        enclosure noun
        a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose.

        18. hold, bear (verb)

        have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices.

        • She bears the title of Duchess.
        • He held the governorship for almost a decade.
        Synonyms: bear

        have, have got, hold verb
        have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense.

        19. hold up, support, sustain, hold (verb)

        be the physical support of; carry the weight of.

        • The beam holds up the roof.
        • He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam.
        • What's holding that mirror?.
        Synonyms: hold up, support, sustain

        scaffold verb
        provide with a scaffold for support.

        block verb
        support, secure, or raise with a block.

        carry verb
        bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of.

        chock verb
        support on chocks.

        buoy, buoy up verb
        keep afloat.

        Pole verb
        support on poles.

        bracket verb
        support with brackets.

        underpin verb
        support from beneath.

        prop, prop up, shore up, shore verb
        support by placing against something solid or rigid.

        truss verb
        support structurally.

        brace verb
        support by bracing.

        20. contain, bear, carry, hold (verb)

        contain or hold; have within.

        • The jar carries wine.
        • The canteen holds fresh water.
        • This can contains water.
        Synonyms: contain, bear, carry

        include verb
        have as a part, be made up out of.


        retain verb
        hold back within.

        hold in, enclose, confine verb
        close in.

        21. accommodate, admit, hold (verb)

        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.
        Synonyms: accommodate, admit

        sleep verb
        be able to accommodate for sleeping.

        house verb
        contain or cover.

        seat verb
        be able to seat.

        22. hold (verb)

        remain in a certain state, position, or condition.

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

        continue, go on, go along, keep, proceed verb
        continue a certain state, condition, or activity.

        23. carry, bear, hold (verb)

        support or hold in a certain manner.

        • She holds her head high.
        • He carried himself upright.
        Synonyms: carry, bear

        sling verb
        hold or carry in a sling.

        stoop verb
        carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward.

        piggyback verb
        support on the back and shoulders.

        Balance, poise verb
        hold or carry in equilibrium.

        deport, acquit, behave, comport, conduct, bear, carry verb
        behave in a certain manner.

        24. prevail, obtain, hold (verb)

        be valid, applicable, or true.

        • This theory still holds.
        Synonyms: prevail, obtain

        exist, Be verb
        have an existence, be extant.

        25. hold (verb)

        assert or affirm.

        • Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good.

        avow, swan, affirm, assert, aver, swear, verify verb
        to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true.

        26. hold (verb)

        have as a major characteristic.

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

        Be verb
        have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

        27. contain, hold, take (verb)

        be capable of holding or containing.

        • This box won't take all the items.
        • The flask holds one gallon.
        Synonyms: contain, take

        Be verb
        have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

        28. Book, reserve, hold (verb)

        arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance.

        • 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: Book, reserve

        call for, request, bespeak, quest verb
        express the need or desire for; ask for.


        hold open, keep open, save, keep verb
        retain rights to.

        29. defend, guard, hold (verb)

        protect against a challenge or attack.

        • Hold that position behind the trees!.
        • Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks.
        Synonyms: defend, guard

        protect verb
        shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage.

        30. oblige, obligate, bind, hold (verb)

        bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted.

        • He's held by a contract.
        • I'll hold you by your promise.
        Synonyms: oblige, obligate, bind

        relate verb
        have or establish a relationship to.


        pledge verb
        bind or secure by a pledge.

        article verb
        bind by a contract; especially for a training period.

        indenture, indent verb
        bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant.

        tie down verb
        restrain from independence by an obligation.

        31. hold (verb)

        hold the attention of.

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

        32. hold (verb)

        remain committed to.

        • I hold to these ideas.

        think, believe, conceive, consider verb
        judge or regard; look upon; judge.

        33. defy, withstand, hold up, hold (verb)

        resist or confront with resistance.

        • The politician defied public opinion.
        • The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear.
        • The bridge held.
        Synonyms: defy, withstand, hold up

        stand firm, hold out, resist, withstand verb
        stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something.


        brave, brave out, weather, endure verb
        face and withstand with courage.

        34. go for, apply, hold (verb)

        be pertinent or relevant or applicable.

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

        35. hold (verb)

        stop dealing with.

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

        defer, shelve, set back, table, put off, prorogue, postpone, remit, put over, hold over verb
        hold back to a later time.

        36. Curb, control, hold in, contain, moderate, check, hold (verb)

        lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits.

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

        keep back, restrain, hold back, keep verb
        keep under control; keep in check.


        confine, limit, throttle, restrain, trammel, bound, restrict verb
        place limits on (extent or access).

        conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, Curb, subdue verb
        to put down by force or authority.

        damp verb
        restrain or discourage.

        mortify, crucify, subdue verb
        hold within limits and control.

        abnegate, deny verb
        deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure.

        restrict verb
        place under restrictions; limit access to.

        train verb
        cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it.

        catch verb
        check oneself during an action.

        bate verb
        moderate or restrain; lessen the force of.

        thermostat verb
        control the temperature with a thermostat.

        countercheck, counteract verb
        oppose or check by a counteraction.

        37. hold (verb)

        keep from departing.

        • Hold the taxi.
        • Hold the horse.

        prevent, keep verb
        stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state.

        38. hold (verb)

        take and maintain control over, often by violent means.

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

        control, command verb
        exercise authoritative control or power over.

        39. halt, arrest, hold (verb)

        cause to stop.

        • Halt the engines.
        • Arrest the progress.
        • halt the presses.
        Synonyms: halt, arrest

        stop verb
        cause to stop.

        40. hold (verb)

        cover as for protection against noise or smell.

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

        cover verb
        provide with a covering or cause to be covered.

        41. hold, carry (verb)

        drink alcohol without showing ill effects.

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

        booze, drink, fuddle verb
        consume alcohol.

        42. hold (verb)

        aim, point, or direct.

        • Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames.

        aim, take aim, train, direct, take verb
        point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.

        43. adjudge, declare, hold (verb)

        declare to be.

        • She was declared incompetent.
        • judge held that the defendant was innocent.
        Synonyms: adjudge, declare

        pass judgment, evaluate, judge verb
        form a critical opinion of.


        acknowledge, admit verb
        declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of.

        superannuate verb
        declare to be obsolete.

        bastardise, bastardize verb
        declare a child to be illegitimate.

        certify verb
        declare legally insane.

        Call verb
        declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee.

        beatify verb
        declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood.

        canonize, canonise, saint verb
        declare (a dead person) to be a saint.

        pronounce, label, judge verb
        pronounce judgment on.

        strike down, cancel verb
        declare null and void; make ineffective.

        formalise, formalize verb
        make formal or official.

        44. agree, concur, Concord, hold (verb)

        be in accord; be in agreement.

        • 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: agree, concur, Concord
        Antonyms: disagree, take issue, differ, dissent (verb)

        be of different opinions.


        settle verb
        end a legal dispute by arriving at a settlement.

        conciliate, patch up, reconcile, settle, make up verb
        come to terms.

        see eye to eye verb
        be in agreement.

        concede, Grant, yield verb
        be willing to concede.

        subscribe, support verb
        adopt as a belief.

        resolve, conclude verb
        reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation.

        arrange, fix up verb
        make arrangements for.

        45. hold (verb)

        keep from exhaling or expelling.

        • hold your breath.

        keep back, restrain, hold back, keep verb
        keep under control; keep in check.

        Nearby Terms

        hold back (verb)
        hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

        hold close (verb)
        hold firmly, usually with one's hands

        hold dear (verb)
        be fond of; be attached to

        hold down (verb)

        hold fast (verb)
        stick to firmly

        hold firm (verb)
        refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief

        hold forth (verb)
        talk at length and formally about a topic

        hold in (verb)
        close in

        hold off (verb)
        resist and fight to a standoff

        hold on (verb)
        hold firmly

        hold one's own (verb)
        be sufficiently competent in a certain situation

        hold open (verb)
        retain rights to

        hold out (verb)
        thrust or extend out

        hold over (verb)
        intimidate somebody (with a threat)

        hold still for (verb)
        tolerate or bear