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To hold something or someone - thesaurus

Synonyms

hold on

to hold something tightly or carefully so that you do not drop it or do not fall

carry

verb

to hold someone or something using your hands, arms, or body and take them somewhere

hang on

to hold tightly to something

grab

verb

to take hold of something in a rough or rude way

grasp

verb

to take and hold something or someone very tightly

grip

verb

to hold something tightly

clutch

verb

to hold someone or something firmly, for example because you are afraid or in pain, or do not want to lose them

cradle

verb

to hold something carefully and gently in your hands or arms

keep hold of something

to not take your hands away from something that you are holding

hold tight

used for telling someone to hold something, so that they do not drop it or so that they do not fall

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More synonyms

bear

verb

to carry or hold something, for example a weapon

catch

verb

to stop and hold something that is moving through the air, especially an object that someone throws

clamp

verb

to put or hold something firmly in position

clasp

verb

mainly literary to hold someone or something tightly with your hand

clasp

verb

if you clasp your hands, or if they are clasped, you hold them together with the fingers of one hand in between the fingers of the other

clasp

verb

literary to hold someone or something tightly with your arms

clench

verb

to hold something very firmly, especially because you are frightened, worried, or angry

clinch

verb

if two people clinch, they hold each other tightly, usually in a fight

cling

verb

to hold onto someone or something tightly with your hands or arms, for example because you are afraid

cup

verb

to hold or support something in your hands after making them into a curved shape

fasten

verb

to hold something very tightly

gain/get a purchase on something

formal to get a firm hold on something

get/grab/take ahold of something

to take something firmly in your hand and hold it tightly there

get hold of something

to start holding something with your hands

grab/catch hold of

to suddenly start holding someone or something

handle

verb

to touch or hold someone or something

have

verb

to be holding something or carrying something with you

have

verb

to be holding someone by a particular part of their body so that they cannot get away

hold down

to hold something so it does not move upward

hold forth

literary to hold something so that someone else can reach it or see it

hold on like grim death

to hold something very tightly

hold on to

to hold something tightly or carefully so that you do not drop it or do not fall

hold out

to hold something where someone else can reach it

hold over

to hold something above someone or something

hook

verb

to put your arm, finger, leg, etc. around something to hold it or bring it closer to you

hug

verb

to hold something close to your chest

seize

verb

to suddenly and firmly hold someone by a part of their body or clothing

seize

verb

to quickly take something in your hand

shake

verb

to hold someone and move them quickly in order to get their attention, or to wake them

steady

verb

to hold something firmly without shaking or moving it

take hold of

to start holding someone or something

tighten

verb

if your hand tightens, or if your fingers tighten, you hold something more tightly

tighten your grip on something

to hold someone or something more firmly

wield

verb

to hold a weapon or tool and use it

wrestle

verb

to take, pull, or hold something with difficulty

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