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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhold to
he/she/itholds to
present participleholding to
past tenseheld to
past participleheld to
  1. 1
    hold to something to do what you have promised or decided

    The western democracies held to their policy of non-intervention.

  2. 2
    hold to something to continue having a particular belief or standard

    She still holds to the view that violence is never justified.

  3. 4
    hold someone to something to make someone continue to behave according to a particular belief or standard

    Anyone appointed to this position should be held to the highest ethical standards.

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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