Company Logo

Definition from

hold forth


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold forth
he/she/itholds forth
present participleholding forth
past tenseheld forth
past participleheld forth
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to talk for a long time about something that is important to you, often in a way that other people think is boring

    Dave was holding forth on the subject of politics again.

  2. 2
    [transitive] literary to hold something so that someone else can reach it or see it

This is the American English definition of hold forth. View British English definition of hold forth.