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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
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  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. 3
    hold someone to something to make someone do what they have promised or decided
    They didn’t hold me to a month’s notice.
    1. a.
      I’ll hold you to that spoken a friendly way of accepting an invitation or offer for a later date
  4. 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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