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noun hold pronunciation in British English /həʊld/
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singularhold
pluralholds
  1. 1
    [singular] the fact that you are holding someone or something

    The boat turned over and she lost her hold.

    hold on:

    His hold on her arm tightened.

  2. 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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