hold - definition and synonyms


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  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. 2
    [countable] a way of holding someone, for example in a sport

    a wrestling hold

  3. 3
    [singular] the power or control that someone has over a situation or area
    hold on/over:

    Their forces had consolidated their hold on the area.

    1. a.
      power that you have over someone, especially because of something that you know about them

      How is it he’s got such a strong hold over you?

  4. 4
    [countable] the area in a plane or ship that is used for goods, vehicles, or bags
  5. 5
    [countable] a place where you put your foot or hand so that you do not fall, for example when you are climbing
  6. 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