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noun     hold pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [singular] the fact that you are holding someone or something
    hold on:

    His hold on her arm tightened.

    The boat turned over and she lost her hold.

  2. 2
    [countable] a way of holding someone, for example in a sport

    a wrestling hold

  3. 3
    [singular] the power or control that someone has over a situation or area
    hold on/over:

    Their forces had consolidated their hold on the area.

    1. a.
      power that you have over someone, especially because of something that you know about them

      How is it he’s got such a strong hold over you?

  4. 4
    [countable] the area in an airplane or ship that is used for goods, vehicles, or suitcases
  5. 5
    [countable] a place where you put your foot or hand so that you do not fall, for example when you are climbing
  6. 6
    [singular] the fact that someone manages to continue doing or having something
    hold on:

    The nurses were amazed at her tenacious hold on life.

    new threats to his hold on power

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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