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Definition of hold:

  1. A character [ thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.
  2. A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
  3. A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.
  4. Binding power and influence.
  5. In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
  6. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
  7. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave;- often with with, to, or for.
  8. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
  9. Not to more; to halt; to stop;- mostly in the imperative.
  10. Something that may be grasped; means of support.
  11. The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; gripe; possession; - often used with the verbs take and lay.
  12. The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
  13. The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
  14. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
  15. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
  16. To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
  17. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
  18. To derive right or title; - generally with of.
  19. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
  20. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
  21. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
  22. To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.
  23. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
  24. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
  25. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.


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