Loading bales of wool into the hold of the barque "Magdalene Vinnen", Sydney 1933



  • To grasp or grip.
  • To contain or store.
  • To maintain or keep to a position or state.
  • To maintain or keep to particular opinions, promises, actions.
  • To win one's own service game.
  • To take place, to occur.
  • To organise an event or meeting (usually in passive voice).
  • To derive right or title.
  • In a food or drink order at an informal restaurant etc., requesting that a component normally included in that order be omitted.
  • To be in possession of illicit drugs for sale.


  • A grasp or grip.
  • An act or instance of holding.
  • A place where animals are held for safety
  • An order that something is to be reserved or delayed, limiting or preventing how it can be dealt with.
  • Something reserved or kept.
  • Power over someone or something.
  • The ability to persist.
  • The property of maintaining the shape of styled hair.
  • A position or grip used to control the opponent.
  • An exercise involving holding a position for a set time
  • The percentage the house wins on a gamble, the house or bookmaker's hold.
  • The wager amount, the total hold.
  • An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.
  • The part of an object one is intended to grasp, or anything one can use for grasping with hands or feet.
  • A fruit machine feature allowing one or more of the reels to remain fixed while the others spin.
  • A pause facility.
  • The queueing system on telephones and similar communication systems which maintains a connection when all lines are busy.
  • A statistic awarded to a relief pitcher who is not still pitching at the end of the game and who records at least one out and maintains a lead for his team.
  • A region of airspace reserved for aircraft being kept in a holding pattern.
  • The cargo area of a ship or aircraft (often holds or cargo hold).



Opposite words


  • From Middle English holden, from Old English healdan, from Proto-Germanic *haldaną ("to tend, herd"), maybe from Proto-Indo-European *kel- ("to drive") (compare Latin celer ("quick"), Tocharian B kälts ("to goad, drive"), Ancient Greek κέλλω ("to drive"), Sanskrit कलयति ("he impels")). Cognate to West Frisian hâlde, Low German holden, holen, Dutch houden, German halten, Danish and Norwegian Bokmål holde, Norwegian Nynorsk halda.
  • Alteration (due to hold) of hole. Cognate with Dutch hol, Dutch holte.
  • From Middle English hold, holde, from Old English hold ("gracious, friendly, kind, favorable, true, faithful, loyal, devout, acceptable, pleasant"), from Proto-Germanic *hulþaz ("favourable, gracious, loyal"), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- ("to tend, incline, bend, tip"). Cognate with German hold ("gracious, friendly, sympathetic, grateful"), Danish and Swedish huld ("fair, kindly, gracious"), Icelandic hollur ("faithful, dedicated, loyal"), German Huld ("grace, favour").

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