Dictionary Results for holding


1. holding - noun

· the act of retaining something

Synonym(s): retention, keeping

Hypernym(s): possession, ownership




2. holding - noun

· something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property"

Synonym(s): property, belongings

Hypernym(s): possession




3. hold - verb

· cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"

Synonym(s): keep, maintain




4. hold - verb

· have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"

Synonym(s): take_hold

Antonym(s): let_go_of




5. hold - verb

· organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"

Synonym(s): throw, have, make, give

Hypernym(s): direct




6. hold - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): have, have_got




7. hold - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): deem, view_as, take_for

Hypernym(s): see, consider, reckon, view, regard




8. hold - verb

· maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

Synonym(s): harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse

Hypernym(s): feel, experience




9. hold - verb

· to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free 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"

Synonym(s): restrain, confine, constrain

Hypernym(s): disable, disenable, incapacitate




10. hold - verb

· secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"

Synonym(s): retain, keep_back, hold_back

Hypernym(s): keep, hold_on




11. hold - verb

· have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"

Synonym(s): bear

Hypernym(s): have, have_got, hold




12. hold - verb

· 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?"

Synonym(s): support, sustain, hold_up




13. hold - verb

· contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"

Synonym(s): bear, carry, contain

Hypernym(s): include




14. hold - verb

· have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"

Synonym(s): accommodate, admit




15. hold - verb

· remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"

Hypernym(s): continue, go_on, proceed, go_along, keep




16. hold - verb

· support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"

Synonym(s): carry, bear




17. hold - verb

· be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"

Synonym(s): prevail, obtain

Hypernym(s): exist, be




18. hold - verb

· assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

Hypernym(s): affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear




19. hold - verb

· have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

Hypernym(s): be




20. hold - verb

· be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"

Synonym(s): contain, take

Hypernym(s): be




21. hold - verb

· arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"

Synonym(s): reserve, book

Hypernym(s): request, ask_for, bespeak, call_for, quest




22. hold - verb

· protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

Synonym(s): defend, guard

Hypernym(s): protect




23. hold - verb

· bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

Synonym(s): oblige, bind, obligate

Hypernym(s): relate




24. hold - verb

· hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"

Hypernym(s): capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant




25. hold - verb

· remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"

Hypernym(s): think, believe, consider, conceive




26. hold - verb

· resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

Synonym(s): defy, withstand, hold_up

Hypernym(s): resist, hold_out, withstand, stand_firm




27. hold - verb

· be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"

Synonym(s): apply, go_for

Hypernym(s): refer, pertain, relate, concern, come_to, bear_on, touch, touch_on, have_to_do_with




28. hold - verb

· stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

Hypernym(s): postpone, prorogue, hold_over, put_over, table, shelve, set_back, defer, remit, put_off




29. hold - verb

· lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

Synonym(s): control, hold_in, contain, check, curb, moderate

Hypernym(s): restrain, keep, keep_back, hold_back




30. hold - verb

· keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"

Hypernym(s): prevent, keep




31. hold - verb

· take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

Hypernym(s): control, command




32. hold - verb

· cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"

Synonym(s): halt, arrest

Hypernym(s): stop




33. hold - verb

· cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"

Hypernym(s): cover




34. hold - verb

· drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"

Synonym(s): carry

Hypernym(s): hit_the_bottle, drink, booze, fuddle




35. hold - verb

· aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

Hypernym(s): aim, take, train, take_aim, direct




36. hold - verb

· declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"

Synonym(s): declare, adjudge

Hypernym(s): evaluate, pass_judgment, judge




37. hold - verb

· be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"

Synonym(s): agree, concur, concord




38. hold - verb

· keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"

Hypernym(s): restrain, keep, keep_back, hold_back





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