Synonyms of hold


1. clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold, grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehension

usage: the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

2. appreciation, grasp, hold, understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy

usage: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

3. hold, control

usage: power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"

4. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait, pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension

usage: time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

5. detention, detainment, hold, custody, confinement

usage: a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"

6. hold, stronghold, fastness

usage: a stronghold

7. hold, keep, cell, jail cell, prison cell

usage: a cell in a jail or prison

8. handle, grip, handgrip, hold, appendage

usage: the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

9. cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, hold, storage area, enclosure

usage: the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo


1. keep, maintain, hold

usage: keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"

2. hold, take hold

usage: have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"

3. hold, throw, have, make, give, direct

usage: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"

4. have, have got, hold

usage: have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

5. deem, hold, view as, take for, see, consider, reckon, view, regard

usage: keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"

6. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse, feel, experience

usage: maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

7. restrain, confine, hold, disable, disenable, incapacitate

usage: to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"

8. retain, hold, keep back, hold back, keep, hold on

usage: secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"

9. bear, hold, have, have got, hold

usage: have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"

10. hold, support, sustain, hold up

usage: be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"

11. hold, bear, carry, contain, include

usage: contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"

12. accommodate, hold, admit

usage: have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"

13. hold, continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep

usage: remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"

14. hold, carry, bear

usage: support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"

15. prevail, hold, obtain, exist, be

usage: be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"

16. hold, affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear

usage: assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

17. hold, be

usage: have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

18. contain, take, hold, be

usage: be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"

19. reserve, hold, book, request, bespeak, call for, quest

usage: arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"

20. defend, guard, hold, protect

usage: protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

21. oblige, bind, hold, obligate, relate

usage: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

22. hold, capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant

usage: hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"

23. hold, think, believe, consider, conceive

usage: remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"

24. defy, withstand, hold, hold up, resist, hold out, withstand, stand firm

usage: resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

25. apply, hold, go for, refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with

usage: be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"

26. hold, postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off

usage: stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

27. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate, restrain, keep, keep back, hold back

usage: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

28. hold, prevent, keep

usage: keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"

29. hold, control, command

usage: take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

30. halt, hold, arrest, stop

usage: cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"

31. hold, cover

usage: cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"

32. carry, hold, drink, booze, fuddle

usage: drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"

33. hold, aim, take, train, take aim, direct

usage: aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

34. declare, adjudge, hold, evaluate, pass judgment, judge

usage: declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"

35. agree, hold, concur, concord

usage: be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"

36. hold, restrain, keep, keep back, hold back

usage: keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"

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Definition and meaning of hold (Dictionary)