(1)   The act of grasping
"He released his clasp on my arm"
"He has a strong grip for an old man"
"She kept a firm hold on the railing"
(2)   The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
(3)   The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
"He grabbed the hammer by the handle"
"It was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
(4)   A cell in a jail or prison
(5)   A stronghold
(6)   Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
"He has a hold over them"
(7)   Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
"He has a good grasp of accounting practices"
(8)   A state of being confined (usually for a short time)
"His detention was politically motivated"
"The prisoner is on hold"
"He is in the custody of police"
(9)   Time during which some action is awaited
"Instant replay caused too long a delay"
"He ordered a hold in the action"


(10)   Keep from exhaling or expelling
"Hold your breath"
(11)   Assert or affirm
"Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
(12)   Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
"Take for granted"
"View as important"
"Hold these truths to be self-evident"
"I hold him personally responsible"
(13)   Hold the attention of
"The soprano held the audience"
"This story held our interest"
"She can hold an audience spellbound"
(14)   Protect against a challenge or attack
"Hold that position behind the trees!"
"Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
(15)   Aim, point, or direct
"Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
(16)   Drink alcohol without showing ill effects
"He can hold his liquor"
"He had drunk more than he could carry"
(17)   Have or hold in one's hands or grip
"Hold this bowl for a moment, please"
"A crazy idea took hold of him"
(18)   Be the physical support of; carry the weight of
"The beam holds up the roof"
"He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"
"What's holding that mirror?"
(19)   To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
"This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"
"About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"
"The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"
"The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
(20)   Cover as for protection against noise or smell
"She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"
"Hold one's nose"
(21)   Support or hold in a certain manner
"She holds her head high"
"He carried himself upright"
(22)   Organize or be responsible for
"Hold a reception"
"Have, throw, or make a party"
"Give a course"
(23)   Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
"Bear a grudge"
"Entertain interesting notions"
"Harbor a resentment"
(24)   Cause to stop
"Halt the engines"
"Arrest the progress"
"Halt the presses"
(25)   Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
"She has $1,000 in the bank"
"He has got two beautiful daughters"
"She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"