hold to - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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
  2. 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
  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.

See also main entry: hold