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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhold down
he/she/itholds down
present participleholding down
past tenseheld down
past participleheld down
 
  1. 2
    to hold something so it does not move upward

    They put a cloth on the grass and stones on the edge to hold it down.

  2. 4
    to succeed in keeping a job

    Half of them have never held down a regular job.

  3. 6
    to stop someone from having their freedom or rights

    The regime had been holding down its people for years.

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