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  ( waters    plural & 3rd person present)   ( watering    present participle)   ( watered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Water is a clear thin liquid that has no colour or taste when it is pure. It falls from clouds as rain and enters rivers and seas. All animals and people need water in order to live.  
Get me a glass of water., ...the sound of water hammering on the metal roof., ...a trio of children playing along the water's edge.     
2       n-plural   You use waters to refer to a large area of sea, especially the area of sea which is near to a country and which is regarded as belonging to it.  
with supp  
The ship will remain outside Chinese territorial waters., ...the open waters of the Arctic Ocean.     
3       n-plural   You sometimes use waters to refer to a situation which is very complex or difficult.  
adj N  
...the man brought in to guide him through troubled waters..., The British Government may be in stormy economic waters.     
4       verb   If you water plants, you pour water over them in order to help them to grow.  
He went out to water the plants.      V n  
5       verb   If your eyes water, tears build up in them because they are hurting or because you are upset.  
His eyes watered from cigarette smoke.      V  
6       verb   If you say that your mouth is watering, you mean that you can smell or see some nice food and you might mean that your mouth is producing a liquid.  
...cookies to make your mouth water.      V  
7    When a pregnant woman's waters break, the fluid in her womb that surrounds the baby passes out of her body, showing that the baby is ready to be born. A doctor or midwife can break a woman's waters so that the birth can begin.  
waters break/break sb's waters      phrase   V inflects  
My waters broke at six in the morning and within four hours Jamie was born.     
8    If you say that an event or incident is water under the bridge, you mean that it has happened and cannot now be changed, so there is no point in worrying about it any more.  
water under the bridge      phrase   v-link PHR  
He was relieved his time in jail was over and regarded it as water under the bridge.     
9    If you are in deep water, you are in a difficult or awkward situation.  
in/into deep water      phrase  
I could tell that we were getting off the subject and into deep water.     
10    If an argument or theory does not hold water   , it does not seem to be reasonable or be in accordance with the facts.      
hold water             phrase   V inflects, usu with brd-neg  
This argument simply cannot hold water in Europe.     
11    If you are in hot water, you are in trouble.  
in hot water      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
The company has already been in hot water over high prices this year.     
12    If you pour cold water on an idea or suggestion, you show that you have a low opinion of it.  
pour cold water on sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
City economists pour cold water on the idea that the economic recovery has begun.     
13    If you test the water or test the waters, you try to find out what reaction an action or idea will get before you do it or tell it to people.  
test the water/test the waters      phrase   V and N inflect  
You should be cautious when getting involved and test the water before committing yourself.     
    like water off a duck's back  
    to take to something like a duck to water  
    to keep your head above water  
    head   water down  
1       phrasal verb   If you water down a substance, for example food or drink, you add water to it to make it weaker.   (=dilute)  
You can water down a glass of wine and make it last twice as long...      V P n (not pron)  
I bought a water-based paint, then decided to water it down even more.      V n P  
2       verb   If something such as a proposal, speech, or statement is watered down, it is made much weaker and less forceful, or less likely to make people angry.   (=tone down)  
Proposed legislation affecting bird-keepers has been watered down.      be V-ed P  
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."
A paved footpath on water, marsh etc.
adj 1 able to live both on land and in the water, as frogs, toads, etc. 2 designed for operation on or from both water and land 3 relating to military forces and equipment organized for operations launched from the sea against an enemy shore 4 having a dual or mixed nature
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
A pipe that carries water and pollutants after being used in houses and businesses.
a leaky tap that tends to spray water over ones trousers whenever used.
a water-storage area making the surrounding region fertile, or providing a city with its water supply.
1) a boat or ship or such vessels collectively 2) skill in handling boats or in water sports
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.
series of concentric, expanding circles caused by ripples in water from a central point
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and challenge other three friends to do so in order to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
also called "ice water challenge", viral campaign on social media during July–August 2014
device that holds a book while reading it
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