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Synonyms for hold








hold back


hold on


hold onto something or someone: grab

hold onto something or someone: retain


  • retain
  • keep
  • hang onto
  • not give away
  • keep possession of

hold out against something or someone

hold someone down

hold something back: restrain


hold something down: keep

hold something down: keep down

hold something in


hold something or someone dear


hold something or someone off

hold something out

hold something over

hold something up: display

hold something up: rob

hold up: last

hold up: hold water


  • hold water
  • be valid
  • be logical
  • be credible
  • be consistent

hold with something


hold your own


lay hold of something or someone

Synonyms for hold

to put one's arms around affectionately

to sustain the weight of

to keep in custody


to compel, as the attention, interest, or imagination, of

to be filled by


to have the room or capacity for

to have and maintain in one's possession

to have at one's disposal

to have the use or benefit of

to keep at one's disposal

to put into words positively and with conviction

to view in a certain way

to prove valid under scrutiny

to organize and carry out (an activity)

hold back: to have and maintain in one's possession

hold back: to interfere with the progress of

hold back: to hold (something requiring an outlet) in check

hold down: to hold (something requiring an outlet) in check

hold off: to put off until a later time

hold off: to hold oneself back

hold out: to be in existence or in a certain state for an indefinitely long time

hold up: to put off until a later time

hold up: to cause to be later or slower than expected or desired

hold up: to take property or possessions from (a person or company, for example) unlawfully and usually forcibly

hold up: to withstand stress or difficulty

hold with: to be favorably disposed toward

an act or means of holding something

a strong or powerful influence


firm control


Synonyms for hold

understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

power by which something or someone is affected or dominated

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a state of being confined (usually for a short time)

a stronghold

a cell in a jail or prison


the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

organize or be responsible for

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have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view

maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

secure and keep for possible future use or application

have rightfully


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have room for

remain in a certain state, position, or condition

support or hold in a certain manner

be valid, applicable, or true

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have as a major characteristic

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be capable of holding or containing

arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

protect against a challenge or attack


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bind by an obligation

remain committed to

resist or confront with resistance

keep from departing

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take and maintain control over, often by violent means

cause to stop


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cover as for protection against noise or smell

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drink alcohol without showing ill effects


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aim, point, or direct

keep from exhaling or expelling

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He continued: 'I've spoken to quite a few butchers who say they are already having trouble getting hold of meat.
He said: "I am only interested in getting hold of some workers with extensive site experience.
Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) said the idea would not stop young people getting hold of cigarettes and was just a measure to appease those backbench MPs who want the Government to introduce a total ban on people lighting-up in public places.
The only problem now is getting hold of a TV aerial to make sure we don't miss the France v England game.
But back in 1953, the only worry at the Rugby League Cup Final was getting hold of a song sheet for the Community Sing before the kick off.
He said: "If the weather comes down, you still have to get the basics right - scrum and line-out - and in those conditions it's about getting hold of the ball.
THIEVES stole a Land Rover Discovery in Warwick early today after getting hold of the keys to the vehicle.
Karen explains sand baths and a special diet are essential and extra care has to be taken when handling them, as getting hold of them in the wrong way can cause severe injury or even death.
Mr Justin Vale, a consultant urological surgeon at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, said that because there was no test for impotency, it would be almost impossible to stop men, who simply want to pep up their sex life, getting hold of the drug.
Everybody in our house has eaten so much over Christmas that I think we need a bear of our own to guard the fridge and stop them getting hold of any more
Portsmouth said: "Our priority is getting hold of all of the kit which we have been reassured has been manufactured.
He said: "We are all concerned about paedophiles getting hold of them or something else bad happening.
The phenomenon of people getting paralytically drunk, not once in a while, but every weekend, and during the week as well, has been helped by the ease of getting hold of cheap alcohol, and by the mixed messages sent out after 24-hour licensing was allowed.
Officers believe if they can stop teenagers getting hold of petrol it will curb the number of off-road bikers making life a misery for residents in South Shields.
The chances are that getting hold of a carton of tropical fruit juice, however winsome, was low down people's list of priorities.