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definition of the word hold

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
lady truth turn #416: hold cause close England

Verb: Old English healdan.

Noun: From the verb, influenced by Old Norse hald (hold, custody).

Infinitive
to hold

Third person singular
holds

Simple past
held

Past participle
held or rarely holden

Present participle
holding

to hold (third-person singular simple present holds, present participle holding, simple past held, past participle held or rarely holden)

  1. (transitive) To grasp or grip.
    Hold the pencil like this.
  2. (transitive) To contain or store.
    This package holds six bottles.
  3. (transitive) To have and keep possession of something.
    Hold my coat for me.
    The general ordered the colonel to hold his position at all costs.
  4. (transitive) To reserve.
    Hold a table for us at 7:00.
  5. (transitive) To cause to wait or delay.
    Hold the elevator.
  6. (transitive) To detain.
    Hold the suspect in this cell.
  7. (transitive) To maintain a belief.
    1776 Declaration of Independence [of the English American colonies south of Canada]
    We hold these truths to be self-evident,...


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