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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 ?
The vital sequence resulted in Murray winning the next point to hold serve, saving two break points in the process.
A stunning backhand lob helped him hold serve and level at 2-2, and he broke to love in the next game, aided by a wild forehand from Roddick and a fortunate miss-hit.
Roddick - who had only beaten Murray twice in their previous seven meetings - struggled to hold serve and he was broken a second time as Murray edged closer to victory.
With Williams hit by the jitters Jankovic pushed home the advantage winning the next game from 0-40 down to hold serve and then took the set when Williams double-faulted.
Both players had failed to hold serve in the opening three games but Murray kept his nerve in the fourth to claim a 3-1 advantage.
Dupuis managed to hold serve, but Henman then held to win the match 6-3 6-4 in just under an hour and -a-quarter.
The strategy worked well early for Quinney, who was up a break at 3-1 and would have led 4-1 had he not twice hit the ball out after having the advantage as Young used a pair of aces to hold serve to make it 3-2.
However, the diminutive Belgian, at 5ft 5in almost exactly a foot smaller than Rusedski, refused to buckle and saved a total of four break points to hold serve.
Playing in overcast conditions, Williams started the match erratically and struggled to hold serve during the first set against a Czech girl she had never played before.
The 21-year-old served an underarm second serve to hold serve in the next game as he was clearly struggling physically but Dimitrov eventually scrambled over the line.
Osaka managed to hold serve in game 12 to send the contest to a tie-breaker.
Despite her young age, Bouchard showed maturity to hold serve in the second set and force two break points in the fourth, converting the second.
Conceding some four years and nearly 40 world ranking places to the veteran Errani, who was the tournament's top seed, Barthel managed to maintain her composure in the second set as each player struggled to hold serve amid some high-quality rallies and exceptional tennis skills.
Robredo engineered an opening when 0-30 up in the second game of the second set, but Youzhny recovered to hold serve as the Spaniard failed with a TV review of a forehand on game point.
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.