transitive verb past tense & past participle held
- 1 1.1 (clasp) See examples:hold it with both handsshe was holding a newspapersujétalo or (especially Latin America) agárralo con las dos manoshold my hand to cross the roadtenía un periódico en la manohe was holding her handdame la mano para cruzar la callethey walked holding handsla tenía agarrada or (especially Spain) cogida de la manohe held her in his armscaminaban tomados or agarrados or (especially Spain) cogidos de la manohold me tightla abrazóExample sentences1.2 (grip) (Cars)
vehicles which hold the road welladherirse avehículos de buen agarre or que se agarran bien a la carreteraExample sentences
- In the afternoon a banner proclaiming his victory is unrolled and held by supporters.
- Elizabeth looked up to see an adorable girl of about seven holding a small blue ball.
- They both gathered in the dining room, where Hilkin was standing, holding a large brown bag.
- The car holds the road very, very well at whatever speed I put it to, and I got her up to 110 to 115.
- Certainly the car holds the road well and steers nicely and positively, whether on rural rides or slamming it down the motorway.
- The Cooper S holds the road well and although the ride can be a little stiff at times, that's only to be expected with something this sporty.
- 2 2.1 (support, bear) that rope is too thin to hold meto hold oneself erectesa cuerda es demasiado delgada para sostenerme or aguantarme2.2 (have room for) See examples: the jug will hold two litersmantenerse erguidothe stadium holds 20,000 peoplela jarra tiene una capacidad de dos litroswill it hold another one?el estadio tiene capacidad or cabida para 20.000 personas2.3 (contain) this report holds the answers to your all questions¿cabe otro más?to hold one's liquor o (British English) drinkeste informe contiene las respuestas a todas sus preguntasser de buen beberaguantar bien la bebida or [colloquial] el tragoExample sentences2.4 (have in store) who knows what the future holds
the prospect holds no fear for mequién sabe qué nos deparará el futurola perspectiva no me asustaExample sentences
- My lungs feel like they have suddenly compressed and aren't big enough to hold an adequate amount of oxygen.
- DVDs are capable of holding 7 times the amount of space compared to your typical CD.
- He pulled his gym bag from under his bed, thinking that it would be big enough to hold everything for the next two days.
- Whatever the future holds this has certainly opened the eyes of governments around the globe.
- Once more the computer was produced to show me what the future held, based on a range of percentage growth projections.
- Of course, like anything in the future, this holds terrifying possibilities.
- She toke a deep breath and licked her lips before she stood up again and as if by a miracle, her legs were able to hold her weight.
- I picked a random room and walked in, not being able to hold Corbin's weight long enough to find his room.
- Several pieces of wood joined together can hold more weight than just a piece of wood.
- 3 3.1 (keep in position) hold the ladder for meI held the stake while she hammered it insujétame or sosténme la escaleraraise your legs off the floor and hold them thereyo sujeté la estaca mientras ella la clavaba3.2 (maintain, keep constant) can gold hold its present value for much longer?levanta las piernas del suelo y manténlas levantadasshe held the lead throughout the race¿el oro podrá mantener su valor actual mucho más tiempo?if Labour holds these seatsse mantuvo a la cabeza durante toda la carrerahold the line, please (Telecom)si los laboristas retienen estos escaños or (River Plate area) estas bancasthe note is held over four bars (Music)no cuelgue or (in Southern Cone also) no corte, por favorla nota se sostiene durante cuatro compasesExample sentences
Example sentences3.3 (engage)
- A woman claimed she felt herself being held down as she came round from an operation.
- He sniffed haughtily, holding open the door for them and watching as they shuffled past.
- The security men were holding back the crowd to let the shaken minister and the officials get into a waiting car.
(attention/interest)her performance held the audience spellboundsu actuación mantuvo al público embelesadoExample sentences
- Rather than cutting spending, it should be held at current levels to create stability in the system.
- It has been held at that level for the whole time this Government has been in office.
- The decision was widely expected by analysts and borrowing costs have now been held at their current levels since the start of June.
- While not quite worthy of some of the hype it received last year, Monster's Ball is an interesting film that certainly holds your attention.
- She moved closer to the window to see what had been interesting enough to hold Amber's attention.
- Ailsa glanced at it again, then decided it wasn't interesting enough to hold her attention.
- 4 4.1 (keep) I will hold the money until …hold the letter until I tell youyo me quedaré con el dinero hasta …she asked her secretary to hold all her callsno despache la carta hasta que yo le diga4.2 (detain, imprison) See examples: she is being held at the police station for questioningle dijo a su secretaria que no le pasara ninguna llamadathe wing where terrorists are heldestá detenida en la comisaría para ser interrogadahe was held prisoner in his own homeel ala donde tienen recluidos a los terroristaslo tuvieron preso en su propia casaExample sentences4.3 (restrain) once she decides to do something, there's no holding her
they were held to a drawuna vez que decide hacer algo, no hay nada que la detengasolo consiguieron un empateExample sentences4.4 (control) See examples: the rebels already held several towns
- Police say he held the woman at gunpoint for about an hour.
- We were held in a police cell for a week, and some of us were suspended from our jobs.
- The government changed the law at the beginning of last year to allow the police to hold people for 14 days rather than seven.
the conservatives have always held the country areaslos rebeldes ya ocupaban or habían tomado varias ciudadeslos conservadores siempre han ganado en las zonas ruralesExample sentences
- It was certainly not the kind of news for which editors hold the front page.
- ‘Hold your fire until I say otherwise,’ he ordered.
- Most experts also thought the Bank would hold its fire for fear of giving fresh impetus to house price rises or high consumer debt levels.
- Only the original rebel group which holds the northern half of Ivory Coast is, so far, in talks with the government.
- Rebels hold the north and loyalist forces the south of what was considered a haven of peace and prosperity until a 1999 coup.
- Thousands of others remain trapped in the northern hills held by the rebels.
- Much of the money was being held in reserve to help pay for a new sports hall.
- Mr Cunliffe said the news had come too late for this year's budget process and the money would go into the general fund to be held in reserve.
- Of the nineteen planes, five would be held in reserve during the attacks.
- 5 5.1 (have)(passport/ticket/permit)estar en posesión de [formal](degree/shares/property)my lawyer holds the deedshe holds the view that …mi abogado tiene la escriturala escritura está en poder de mi abogado5.2 (consider) this is held to be the casesostiene que or mantiene que …es de la opinión de que …Kant held that …se considera que es asíprinciples which he holds dearKant sostenía or mantenía que …to hold somebody in high esteemprincipios que le son carosto hold somebody responsible for somethingtener a alguien en mucha or gran estimaresponsabilizar a alguien de algoExample sentences5.3 (conduct)
(demonstration)(party)it's impossible to hold a serious conversation with himinterviews will be held in Londones imposible mantener una conversación seria con éllas entrevistas tendrán lugar en LondresExample sentences
- Only 24 hours later, few within the party itself could pretend to hold such an optimistic opinion on the future of their leader.
- Lavoisier's belief reveals that he still held a somewhat traditional view of elements.
- It is a subject on which Evangelicals hold differing opinions.
- Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust holds its annual general meeting tonight.
- The meeting will be held at St John's and St Mark's Church Hall in Parkinson Street at 7pm.
- The official opening was held on Monday night last and a full report will be carried in our next issue.
- He holds Bank of Ireland shares worth almost €4m.
- Millions of former Abbey shareholders now hold Banco Santander shares.
- However, these are high-risk trusts and the shares must be held for five years.
- 6 6.1 (stop) See examples: hold it!hold it right there or I'll shoot!¡espera!hold your fire!¡quieto o disparo!6.2 (omit) (American English) I'll have a hamburger, but hold the mustard¡alto al fuego!para mí una hamburguesa, pero sin mostazaExample sentences
- Add a slice of cheese to your sandwich, but hold the mayonnaise.
- As more Americans hold the cream and cut the carbs, Starbucks has been forced to respond.
- Would Steve McQueen have been a skinny latte man? Does Sean Penn ask them to hold the fries and the bun when he orders a burger?
- Hold it right there. No one's going anywhere.
- Hold it! Something doesn't sound right.
- ‘Whoa, hold it a minute,’ Mike said, sitting up straight in his chair.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle held
- 1 (clasp, grip) See examples: hold tight!hold tight for some amazing revelations!¡agárrate fuerte!¡prepárese para oír asombrosas revelaciones!
- 2 2.1 (stay firm) 2.2 (continue)(weather)share prices have held in spite of the trade deficitseguir or continuar buenomantenerseif our luck holdslos precios de las acciones se han mantenido a pesar del déficit comercialsi nos sigue acompañando la suertesi seguimos con suerteExample sentences
- We expect the ceasefire to continue holding in order to enable this process to move forward at a quicker pace.
- So it is back to square one unless the Good Friday Agreement holds.
- The troops are still there, of course, and the peace is still holding.
- The Oxford defence held firm throughout while James Forrest continually harassed the home defence.
- Coastal defences had held well under the extreme conditions of recent days, the Environment Agency said.
- The arches supporting the weight above still held as strong as the day they were built.
- 3 (be true)(idea/analogy)the same holds for most of his booksser válidomy promise still holds goodlo mismo puede decirse de or es válido para la mayoría de sus librosmany old sayings still hold true todaymi promesa sigue en piemuchos viejos refranes siguen teniendo vigencia or siguen siendo válidos hoy díaExample sentences
- If your argument holds, why are you bothering to say anything here?
- And if something travels faster than light Einstein's Theory doesn't hold.
- She shows that the upbeat view doesn't hold up in the face of a careful examination of the numbers.
- 1 uncountable 1.1 (grip, grasp) See examples: to catch o grab o take hold (of something)(so as not to fall etc)catch o grab hold of that endagarrarse or asirse (de or a algo)he grabbed hold of the ropeagarra or (especially Spain) coge esa puntato keep hold of somethingse agarró or asió de or a la cuerdayou keep hold of himno soltar algohe caught o seized hold of her armque no se te escapeto get hold of somebodyla agarró or (especially Spain) la cogió del brazowhere can we get hold of him?localizar or (in Latin America also) ubicar a alguienshe's difficult to get hold of during the day¿dónde podemos localizarlo or (in Latin America also) ubicarlo?to get hold of something (manage to get)es difícil dar con ella or localizarla or (in Latin America also) ubicarla durante el díahe got hold of the book/some ticketsconseguir algowhere did you get hold of the idea that … ?consiguió el libro/algunas entradashe had a firm hold on the rope¿de dónde has sacado la idea de que … ?I can't get a hold on the screwtenía la cuerda bien agarrada or sujetaafter three matches the fire took holdno consigo agarrar el tornillothe flames had already taken holdal tercer fósforo el fuego prendió1.2 (control) See examples: to keep a firm hold on somethingel incendio se estaba extendiendoto get a hold of o on oneselfmantener algo bajo riguroso controlshe doesn't have the same hold on an audience that she used tocontrolarsethe hold they have over the members of the sectya no mantiene el interés del público como antesshe has a hold over him (emotionally)el dominio que ejercen sobre los miembros de la sectaél está embobado con ella [colloquial]Example sentences1.3 (Television)horizontal/vertical hold
control (masculine) de imagen horizontal/verticalExample sentences
- At least this season Ferrari's hold has been, temporarily at least, broken.
- Antony remained in the east, while Octavian retained a brutal hold on Italy.
- The military consolidated their hold on power.
- I tried to smooth down my hair but Noah caught hold of my hands and held them in his, looking me straight in the eye.
- I slipped, caught hold of the back of a chair, and sat down on the floor, heavily.
- He slid down slowly and Cora, alarmed, caught hold of him around the waist.
- 2 countable 2.1 (in wrestling, judo) no holds barred (lit: in wrestling) it has to be a frank discussion, with no holds barred2.2 (in mountaineering)tiene que ser una discusión franca, sin ningún tipo de restriccionesExample sentences
- Try to position your hands and feet on the holds in the positions you will want them in for the next move.
- When I latched on to this hold and let my feet swing out from the face below, I felt an alarming sense of fatigue in my arms.
- He set his feet firmly apart and reaching forward, gripped the rough holds.
- For example, wrestling includes many holds, which can easily be performed in such a way that they damage the elbow, shoulder, neck or leg joints.
- Now, I will be the first to tell anyone that there is a lot more to being an announcer than knowing the names of moves and holds.
- He is a master of numerous holds and throws and is a throwback to a time when stories were told in the ring and not on the microphone.
- 3 countable (delay, pause) to be on hold(negotiations)estar en compás de espera(project)we'll put that on holdestar aparcado or en suspensoI've got Mr Brown on holdeso lo vamos a dejar en suspenso de momentoI'll put you on hold till her line's freeel Sr Brown está esperando para hablar con ustedno cuelgue, en cuanto la línea esté libre le paso la llamada
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (restrain)
- 1.1 (force, press down)
- she can hold forth at great length on o about any subject you choose
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (resist) 1.2 (defeat)
- 1verb + adverb 1.1 (wait) where's the toilet? I can't hold on any longer!
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (extend, proffer) the child picked a flower and held it out to me
- 1.1 (postpone) 1.2 (extend) (American English) (Cinema, Theater)held over by popular demand
- 1verb + object + preposition + object (make abide by) See examples: come and stay with us one weekend — I'll hold you to that!
- 1verb + adverb
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (raise)
- (of ship, aircraft)Example sentences
- Each unit costs a different amount and they also take up a certain amount of space in the cargo hold of the ship.
- A final doorway led from the galley down to the cargo hold under the ship.
- Some were given spaces in the vast holds of the ship, where they laid down to rest and were asleep in just a few minutes.
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