H h


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hohld]
    • /hoʊld/
    • /həʊld/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hohld]
    • /hoʊld/

Definitions of hold word

  • verb with object hold to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his. 1
  • verb with object hold to set aside; reserve or retain: to hold merchandise until called for; to hold a reservation. 1
  • verb with object hold to bear, sustain, or support, as with the hands or arms, or by any other means. 1
  • verb with object hold to keep in a specified state, relation, etc.: The preacher held them spellbound. 1
  • verb with object hold to detain: The police held him at the station house. 1
  • verb with object hold to engage in; preside over; carry on: to hold a meeting. 1

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Origin of hold

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

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Parts of speech for Hold


hold popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

hold usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for hold

noun hold

  • grip — the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
  • influence — the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others: He used family influence to get the contract.
  • dominance — rule; control; authority; ascendancy.
  • control — Control of an organization, place, or system is the power to make all the important decisions about the way that it is run.
  • pull — pull media

verb hold

  • own — of, relating to, or belonging to oneself or itself (usually used after a possessive to emphasize the idea of ownership, interest, or relation conveyed by the possessive): He spent only his own money.
  • seize — to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp: to seize a weapon.
  • keep — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.
  • arrest — If the police arrest you, they take charge of you and take you to a police station, because they believe you may have committed a crime.
  • maintain — to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain: to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.

Antonyms for hold

noun hold

  • weakness — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
  • dispossession — to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
  • release — to lease again.

verb hold

  • lack — deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill.
  • need — a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

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