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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold together
he/she/itholds together
present participleholding together
past tenseheld together
past participleheld together
  1. 1
    to remain in one piece and not break apart, or to make something do this
    The trousers were held together with a safety pin.
  2. 2
    to stay together and continue to have a good relationship in a difficult situation
    How can any family hold together under these circumstances?
    I was trying to hold my marriage together.
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