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[4]     ( holds    3rd person present)   ( holding    present participle)   ( held    past tense & past participle  )   (PHRASES)  
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1    If you hold forthon a subject, you speak confidently and for a long time about it, especially to a group of people.  
hold forth      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR on n  
Barry was holding forth on politics.     
2    If you get hold of an object or information, you obtain it, usually after some difficulty.  
get hold of sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
It is hard to get hold of guns in this country.     
3    If you get hold of a fact or a subject, you learn about it and understand it well.  
get hold of sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He first had to get hold of some basic facts.     
4    If you get hold of someone, you manage to contact them.  
get hold of sb      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
The only electrician we could get hold of was miles away.     
5    If you say `Hold it', you are telling someone to stop what they are doing and to wait.  
hold it      convention   (=stop)  
Hold it! Don't move!     
6    If you put something on hold, you decide not to do it, deal with it, or change it now, but to leave it until later.  
on hold      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
He put his retirement on hold until he had found a solution...     
7    If you hold your own, you are able to resist someone who is attacking or opposing you.  
hold one's own      phrase   V inflects  
The Frenchman held his own against the challenger.     
8    If you can do something well enough to hold your own, you do not appear foolish when you are compared with someone who is generally thought to be very good at it.  
hold one's own      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR against n  
She can hold her own against almost any player.     
9    If you hold still   , you do not move.      
hold still             phrase   V inflects  
Can't you hold still for a second?     
10    If something takes hold, it gains complete control or influence over a person or thing.  
take hold      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR of n  
She felt a strange excitement taking hold of her...     
11    If you hold tight, you put your hand round or against something in order to prevent yourself from falling over. A bus driver might say `Hold tight!' to you if you are standing on a bus when it is about to move.  
hold tight      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR prep   (=hang on)  
He held tight to the rope...     
12    If you hold tight, you do not immediately start a course of action that you have been planning or thinking about.  
hold tight      phrase   V inflects  
The unions have circulated their branches, urging members to hold tight until a national deal is struck.     
    to hold something at bay  
    to hold your breath  
    to hold something in check  
    to hold court  
    to hold fast  
    to hold the fort  
    to hold your ground  
    to hold your peace  
    to hold someone to ransom  
    to hold sway  
    to hold your tongue  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
hold          [1]     ( holds    plural & 3rd person present)   ( holding    present participle)   ( held    past tense & past participle  )   (PHYSICALLY TOUCHING, SUPPORTING, OR CONTAINING)  
1       verb   When you hold    something, you carry or support it, using your hands or your arms.      
Hold the knife at an angle...      V n prep/adv  
He held the pistol in his right hand...      V n  
      Hold is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
He released his hold on the camera.     
2       n-uncount   Hold is used in expressions such as grab hold of, catch hold of, and get hold of, to indicate that you close your hand tightly around something, for example to stop something moving or falling.  
N of n  
I was woken up by someone grabbing hold of my sleeping bag..., A doctor and a nurse caught hold of his arms...     
3       verb   When you hold    someone, you put your arms round them, usually because you want to show them how much you like them or because you want to comfort them.      
If only he would hold her close to him.      V n adv, Also V n  
4       verb   If you hold    someone in a particular position, you use force to keep them in that position and stop them from moving.      
He then held the man in an armlock until police arrived...      V n prep  
I'd got two nurses holding me down.      V n with adv, Also V n  
5       n-count   A hold    is a particular way of keeping someone in a position using your own hands, arms, or legs.      
...use of an unauthorized hold on a handcuffed suspect.     
6       verb   When you hold    a part of your body, you put your hand on or against it, often because it hurts.      
Soon she was crying bitterly about the pain and was holding her throat.      V n  
7       verb   When you hold    a part of your body in a particular position, you put it into that position and keep it there.      
Hold your hands in front of your face...      V n prep/adv  
He walked at a rapid pace with his back straight and his head held erect.      V-ed, Also V n adj  
8       verb   If one thing holds another in a particular position, it keeps it in that position.  
...the wooden wedge which held the heavy door open...      V n with adv  
They used steel pins to hold everything in place.      V n prep  
9       verb   If one thing is used to hold    another, it is used to store it.       (=store)  
Two knife racks hold her favourite knives.      V n  
10       n-count   In a ship or aeroplane, a hold    is a place where cargo or luggage is stored.      
oft n N  
A fire had been reported in the cargo hold.     
11       verb   If a place holds something, it keeps it available for reference or for future use.  
The Small Firms Service holds an enormous amount of information on any business problem...      V n  
12       verb   If something holds a particular amount of something, it can contain that amount.  
no cont  
One CD-ROM disk can hold over 100,000 pages of text.      V n  
13       verb   If a vehicle holds the road well, it remains in close contact with the road and can be controlled safely and easily.  
I thought the car held the road really well.      V n adv, Also V n  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    have, keep, maintain, occupy, own, possess, retain  
2    adhere, clasp, cleave, clinch, cling, clutch, cradle, embrace, enfold, grasp, grip, stick  
3    arrest, bind, check, confine, curb, detain, impound, imprison, pound, restrain, stay, stop, suspend  
4    assume, believe, consider, deem, entertain, esteem, judge, maintain, presume, reckon, regard, think, view  
5    continue, endure, last, persevere, persist, remain, resist, stay, wear  
6    assemble, call, carry on, celebrate, conduct, convene, have, officiate at, preside over, run, solemnize  
7    bear, brace, carry, prop, shoulder, support, sustain, take  
8    accommodate, comprise, contain, have a capacity for, seat, take  
9    apply, be in force, be the case, exist, hold good, operate, remain true, remain valid, stand up  
10    hold one's own      do well, hold fast, hold out, keep one's head above water, keep pace, keep up, maintain one's position, stand firm, stand one's ground, stay put, stick to one's guns     (informal)  
11    clasp, clutch, grasp, grip  
12    anchorage, foothold, footing, leverage, prop, purchase, stay, support, vantage  
13    ascendancy, authority, clout     (informal)   control, dominance, dominion, influence, mastery, pull     (informal)   sway  
1    bestow, give, give up, hand over, offer, turn over  
2    come undone, let go, loosen  
3    free, let go, let loose, release  
4    deny, disavow, disclaim, put down, refute, reject  
5    give up, give way  
6    call off, cancel, postpone  
7    break, give way  

hold back  
1    check, control, curb, inhibit, rein, repress, restrain, stem the flow, suppress  
2    desist, forbear, keep back, refuse, withhold  
hold forth     
declaim, descant, discourse, go on, harangue, lecture, orate, preach, speak, speechify, spiel     (informal)   spout     (informal)  
hold off  
1    avoid, defer, delay, keep from, postpone, put off, refrain  
2    fend off, keep off, rebuff, repel, repulse, stave off  
hold out  
1    extend, give, offer, present, proffer  
2    carry on, continue, endure, hang on, last, persevere, persist, stand fast, stay the course, withstand  
hold over     
adjourn, defer, delay, postpone, put off, suspend, take a rain check on     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   waive  
1    bottleneck, delay, difficulty, hitch, obstruction, setback, snag, stoppage, traffic jam, trouble, wait  
2    burglary, mugging     (informal)   robbery, steaming     (informal)   stick-up     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   theft  
hold up  
1    delay, detain, hinder, impede, retard, set back, slow down, stop  
2    bolster, brace, buttress, jack up, prop, shore up, support, sustain  
3    mug     (informal)   rob, stick up     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   waylay  
4    display, exhibit, flaunt, present, show  
5    bear up, endure, last, survive, wear  
hold with     
agree to or with, approve of, be in favour of, countenance, subscribe to, support, take kindly to  
   be against, disagree with, disapprove of, hold out against, oppose  

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expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
It is right of every netizen to hold any opinion in cyberspace without any sanction.
[Tech.] freedom of expression
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
Actual hold of digital assets with or without lawful title.
[Tech.];[Leg.] hold of digital assets
Actual hold (complete or partial control) of digital assets with or without lawful title
[Tech.];[Leg.] hold of digital assets in cyberspace
device that holds a book while reading it
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