Synonyms of hold in English:



  • 1 she held a suitcase
    clasp, clutch, grasp, grip, clench, cling to, hold on to; carry, bear
    she held a suitcase
    [Antonyms] release let go of
  • 5 the police were holding him
    detain, hold in custody, imprison, lock up, put behind bars, put in prison, put in jail, incarcerate, keep under lock and key, confine, constrain, intern, impound
    informal put away
    the police were holding him
    [Antonyms] release let go
  • 8 the tank holds 250 gallons
    take, contain, accommodate, fit; have a capacity of, have room for
  • 11 the offer still holds
    be available, be valid, hold good, stand, apply, remain, exist, be the case, be in force, be in effect
  • 12 they held a meeting
    convene, call, summon; conduct, have, organize, run
    formal convoke
    they held a meeting
    [Antonyms] disband
  • 13 hold your fire
    stop, halt, restrain, check, cease, discontinue
    informal break off, give up
    hold back, suppress, repress, refrain from using, stifle, withhold
    hold your fire
    [Antonyms] resume


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  • 1 she kept a hold on my hand
    grip, grasp, clasp, clutch
  • 3 the military tightened their hold on the capital
    control, grip, power, stranglehold, chokehold, dominion, authority


get hold of

informal I'll try to get hold of Stevenson this evening contactget in touch withcommunicate withmake contact withreachnotifyphonecallspeak totalk to

hold back

  • 1.1 if you feel like singing, don't hold back
    hesitate, pause, stop oneself, restrain oneself, desist, forbear
  • 3.1 don't hold anything back from me
    withhold, hide, conceal, keep secret, keep hidden, keep quiet about, keep to oneself, hush up
    informal sit on, keep under one's hat

hold dear

she holds this house dear cherishtreasureprizeappreciateadorevalue highlycare for/about informalput on a pedestal

hold down

  • 1.1 they will hold down inflation
    keep down, keep low, freeze, fix
  • 2.1 informal she held down two jobs
    occupy, have, do, fill
  • 3.1 the people can be held down only so long
    oppress, repress, suppress, subdue, subjugate, keep down, keep under, tyrannize, dominate

hold forth

he was holding forth on the qualities of good wine speak at lengthtalk at lengthgo onsound offdeclaimspoutpontificateoratepreachsermonize informalspeechifydrone onbloviate

hold off

  • 1.1 the rain held off
    stay away, keep off, not come, delay
  • 2.1 we held off the swarms of ants as long as we could
    resist, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bay

hold on

  • 1.1 hold on, I'll be right there
    wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second; stay here, stay put; hold the line
    informal just a sec, hang on, sit tight, hold your horses

hold on to

hold one's own

See own

hold out

  • 1.1 the small band of weary soldiers held out until reinforcements arrived
    persist, last, remain; persevere, continue

hold over

the family gathering was held over until late January postponeput offput backdelaydefersuspendshelveput overtabletake a rain check on informalput on iceput on the back burnerput in cold storagemothball

hold up

  • 1.1 the argument doesn't hold up
    be convincing, be logical, hold water, bear examination, be sound
  • 2.1 they held up the trophy
    display, hold aloft, exhibit, show (off), flourish, brandish
    informal flash
  • 3.1 concrete pillars hold up the bridge
    support, bear, carry, take, keep up, prop up, shore up, buttress
  • 6.1 two gunmen held up the bank
    informal stick up

hold water

See water

with no holds barred

you can tell us everything that happened, with no holds barred candidlyhonestlyfranklydirectlyopenlybluntly informalpoint-blankwithout mincing one's words


You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
Booker T. Washington, American educator

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