(Irregular preterit, past participle: held).
1. To aim, point, or direct.
2. To assert or affirm.
3. To be the support of; also metaphorically; SYN. support, sustain, hold up.
4. To contain or hold; have within; SYN. bear, carry, contain.
5. To cover as for protection against noise or smell.
6. To have as a major characteristic.
7. To have or hold in one's hands; also metaphorically; SYN. take hold.
8. To hold the attention of.
9. To keep from departing.
10. To keep from exhaling or expelling.
11. To organize or be responsible for;,, etc.; SYN. throw, have, make, give.
12. To remain committed to.
13. To remain in a certain state, position, or condition.
14. To stop dealing with.
15. To support or hold in a certain manner; SYN. carry, bear.
16. To take and maintain control over, often by violent means.
1. To keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity); preserve from failure or decline
2. To sustain against opposition or danger; uphold and defend
3. To continue or persevere in; carry on, keep up
4. To support or provide for; sustain
5. To affirm in or as if in argument; assert
6. To state or assert; SYN. defend.
1. To keep in one's possession; SYN. hold, keep back, hold back.
2. To hire to represent; of legal counsel; SYN. engage.
3. To hold within
4. To keep in one's mind