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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

References in periodicals archive ?
Now it was Nadal who needed something special, but he had to dig deep just to hold serve, saving the Scot's ninth break point of the set.
Williams added: "I'm very good at breaking but I need to hold serve.
He had the chance to break Hewitt in the fifth game but couldn't convert, however he struck immediately to break the Australian, then served three aces on his way to levelling the match Hewitt struggled to hold serve at the start of the third but surprisingly it was Federer who cracked first, dropping serve in the fourth game when a tired looking forehand sailed long on break point.
In the second, Gasquet did well to hold serve at 2-2 but couldn't manage it a second time when in his next service game, Nadal lifted a forehand  to take his second break point and go up 4-3.
Murray saved five separate break points, and spurned four chances to hold serve, as a mixture of Verdasco winners and Murray's missed shots took the game to nine deuces.
The set stayed on serve until the 12th game, with the 32-year-old needing to hold serve to force a tiebreaker.
Rochus won a game, but soon dropped his racquet in frustration after a horrible drop shot as Murray went on to hold serve and extend his lead.
Trailing 0-40 in the second game, Federermanaged to hold serve en route to winning five straight games.
Roddick lost his serve for the first time in three tournaments but said: "If I get broken eight times and win the match I'd rather have that than hold serve 400 straight times.
The important thing is to keep ourselves afloat and hold serve, knowing that these guys aren't months away (from returning),'' Tracy said.
his first break point of the match,but Bjorkman simply waited for the errors to come to hold serve and seal victory.
Arazi finally managed to put some pressure on the Rusedski serve in the second game of the second set but the 25-year-old responded well and three booming serves helped him hold serve.