Synonyms of hold in English:

hold

verb

  • 1 she was holding a brown leather suitcase
    clasp, hold on to, clutch, grasp, grip, clench, cling to, have in one's hand; carry, bear
    literary cleave to
    she was holding a brown leather suitcase
    [Antonyms] release let go of
  • 5 the police were holding him on a murder charge
    detain, hold in custody, imprison, lock up, shut up, put behind bars, put in prison, put in jail, incarcerate, keep under lock and key, confine, impound, immure, intern, constrain, keep under constraint
    informal put away, put inside
    the police were holding him on a murder charge
    [Antonyms] let go
  • 7 he held a senior post in the Foreign Office
    occupy, have, be in, fill
    informal hold down
  • 8 the tank held twenty-four gallons the church is big enough to hold 400 people
    have a capacity of, take, have room for, have space for, contain, comprise; accommodate, fit, seat, have seats for
  • 9 they hold that all literature is empty of meaning the Court of Appeal held that there was no evidence to support the judge's assessment
    believe, think, consider, take the view, feel, maintain, swear, deem, be of the opinion, subscribe to the opinion; adjudge, judge, rule, decide; North American figure
    informal reckon
    formal esteem, opine
  • 11 I'll have that coffee now, if the offer still holds
    remain available, remain valid, remain in force, hold good, stand, apply, remain, exist, operate, obtain, be the case, be in force, be in operation, be in effect
    I'll have that coffee now, if the offer still holds
    [Antonyms] be no longer valid
  • 12 the president held a meeting with party leaders
    convene, call, assemble, summon; conduct, have, organize, run, preside over, officiate at
    formal convoke
    the president held a meeting with party leaders
    [Antonyms] disband

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Phrases

hold back

he held back, remembering the mistake he had made before
[Antonyms] carry on
hesitatepausestop oneselfrestrain oneselfdesistforbeardiscontinuewithhold from doing somethingrefrain from doing something

hold someone back

my lack of experience held me back a bit
[Antonyms] help facilitate
hinderhamperinhibitimpedeobstructcheckcurbblockthwartbaulkhamstringrestrainfrustrateretarddelayprevent from making progressstand in someone's way informalstymieNorth American informalbork literarytrammel

hold something back

hold someone/something dear

fidelity is something most of us hold dear
[Antonyms] think little of
cherishtreasureprizeappreciatevalue highlyrate highlycare very much for/aboutplace a high value onattach great importance toset great store by informalput on a pedestal

hold someone down

the people are held down by a repressive military regime oppressrepresssuppresssubduetyrannizedominatesubjugatekeep downkeep underkeep in subjectionkeep in submission

hold something down

hold forth

he was holding forth about the qualities of good wine speak at lengthtalk at lengthspeaktalkgo onsound offdeclaimdiscoursespoutexpatiatepontificateoratepreachsermonizelectureharanguefulminate informalspielspeechifypreachifydrone on rareperorate

hold something in

she tried to stop laughing, but it was too much to hold in See hold something back sense 1

hold off

  • 1 fortunately, the rain held off until the evening
    be delayed, keep off, stay away, not begin, not occur, not happen, not arrive
    fortunately, the rain held off until the evening
    [Antonyms] start
  • 2 if I was in their shoes, I'd hold off for a couple of days
    wait, hold back, pause, delay, hang back, hang fire, take no action, bide one's time, play a waiting game; postpone, defer, refrain from, put something off, keep from doing something, avoid doing something
    if I was in their shoes, I'd hold off for a couple of days
    [Antonyms] proceed

hold something off

he held off a late challenge by Vose to win by thirteen seconds
[Antonyms] submit to be overpowered by
resistrepelrepulserebuffparrydeflectkeep offfend offstave offward offkeep at bay

hold on

hold on to

  • 2 the industry is trying to hold on to experienced staff
    retain, keep, hang on to, keep possession of, retain possession of, retain use of, retain ownership of, not sell, not give away, keep for oneself
    the industry is trying to hold on to experienced staff
    [Antonyms] lose

hold one's own

See own

hold out

  • 2 we can stay here as long as our supplies hold out
    last, remain, be extant, continue
    we can stay here as long as our supplies hold out
    [Antonyms] run out

hold something out

Celia held out her hand
[Antonyms] withdraw
extendprofferofferpresentoutstretchreach outstretch output outhold forth literaryoutreach

hold something over

the usual family gathering was held over until late January
[Antonyms] bring forward
postponeput offput backdelaydeferadjournsuspendshelvehold in abeyanceNorth Americanput overtabletake a rain check on informalput on iceput on the back burnerput in cold storagemothball rareremitrespite

hold the fort

See fort

hold up

their views still seem to hold up extremely well
[Antonyms] be unconvincing
be convincingbe logicalholdhold waterbear examinationsurvive investigationbe verifiablebe provable

hold something up

  • 5 a masked raider held up the post office
    rob, commit armed robbery on, make an armed raid on; waylay, mug
    informal stick up

hold water

See water

hold with

I don't hold with fighting or violence
[Antonyms] disapprove of
approve ofagree withbe in favour ofgo along withendorseacceptcountenancesupportgive support tosubscribe togive one's blessing totake kindly to informalstand forgive the thumbs up togive the okay toBritish informalbe doing withNorth American rareapprobate

Phrases

get hold of

  • 2 I'll try and get hold of Mark
    contact, get in touch with, communicate with, make contact with, approach, reach, notify, be in communication with; phone, call, speak to, talk to, write to; British ring (up), get on to
    informal drop a line to

put something on hold

the proposed rematch has been put on hold
[Antonyms] bring forward
postponeput offput backhold offdeferdelayadjournshelvesuspendhold in abeyanceNorth Americanput overtake a rain check on informalput on iceput on the back burnerput in cold storagemothball rareremitrespite

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