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Synonyms of hold in English:


  • 1 she held a suitcase
    clasp, clutch, grasp, grip, clench, cling to, hold on to;
    carry, bear
    [Antonyms] release, let go of
  • 2 I wanted to hold her
    embrace, hug, clasp, cradle, enfold, squeeze, fold in one's arms, cling to
  • 3 do you hold a degree?
    possess, have, own, bear, carry, have to one's name
  • 4 the branch held my weight
    support, bear, carry, take, keep up, sustain, prop up, shore up
  • 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
    [Antonyms] release, let go
  • 6 try to hold the audience's attention
    maintain, keep, occupy, engross, absorb, interest, captivate, fascinate, enthrall, rivet, mesmerize, transfix;
    engage, catch, capture, arrest
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 7 he held a senior post
    occupy, have, fill
    informal hold down
  • 8 the tank holds 250 gallons
    take, contain, accommodate, fit;
    have a capacity of, have room for
  • 9 the court held that there was no evidence
    maintain, consider, take the view, believe, think, feel, deem, be of the opinion;
    judge, rule, decide
    informal reckon
    formal opine, esteem
  • 10 let's hope the good weather holds
    persist, continue, carry on, go on, hold out, keep up, last, endure, stay, remain
    [Antonyms] end
  • 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
    conduct, have, organize, run
    formal convoke
    [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
    [Antonyms] resume
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  • 1 she kept a hold on my hand
    grip, grasp, clasp, clutch
  • 2 Tom had a hold over his father
  • 3 the military tightened their hold on the capital
    control, grip, power, stranglehold, chokehold, dominion, authority
  • Quote

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


    get hold of
    informal I'll try to get hold of Stevenson this evening
    contact, get in touch with, communicate with, make contact with, reach, notify;
    phone, call, speak to, talk to
    hold back
  • 1.1 if you feel like singing, don't hold back
    hesitate, pause, stop oneself, restrain oneself, desist, forbear
  • 2.1 Jane held back her tears
    suppress, fight back, choke back, stifle, smother, subdue, rein in, repress, curb, control, keep a tight rein on
    informal keep a lid on
  • 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
  • 4.1 you'll never make it in music if you keep letting your parents hold you back
    hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct, inhibit, hobble, check, curb, block, thwart, balk, hamstring, restrain, frustrate, stand in someone's way
  • hold dear
    she holds this house dear
    cherish, treasure, prize, appreciate, adore, value highly, care for/about
    informal put 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 length, talk at length, go on, sound off;
    declaim, spout, pontificate, orate, preach, sermonize
    informal speechify, drone on, bloviate
    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;
    informal just a sec, hang on, sit tight, hold your horses
  • 2.1 if only they could hold on just a little longer
    keep going, persevere, survive, last, continue, struggle on, carry on, go on, hold out, see it through, stay the course
    informal soldier on, stick it out, hang in there
  • hold on to
  • 1.1 he held on to the chair
  • 2.1 they can't hold on to their staff
  • 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
  • 2.1 Celia held out her hands
    extend, proffer, offer, present;
    outstretch, reach out, stretch out, put out
  • hold over
    the family gathering was held over until late January
    postpone, put off, put back, delay, defer, suspend, shelve, put over, table, take a rain check on
    informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage, mothball
    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
  • 4.1 our flight was held up for hours
    delay, detain, make late, set back, keep back, retard, slow up
  • 5.1 a lack of cash has held up progress
  • 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
    informal point-blank, without mincing one's words
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