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noun hold pronunciation in American English /hoʊld/ 
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singularhold
pluralholds
  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. 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.

  3. 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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