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Hold vs. Keep: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on January 13, 2024
'Hold' generally means to physically grasp something, while 'keep' refers to retaining possession or maintaining something in a particular state.
Hold vs. Keep

Key Differences

Hold primarily signifies a physical action, involving grasping or carrying something in one's hands or arms. Keep, in contrast, extends to the idea of retaining possession or control over something, not necessarily involving physical contact.
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The term hold can imply temporary action, such as holding a book while reading. Keep suggests a more prolonged action or state, like keeping a book in a library for an extended period.
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To hold something can also mean to support it or keep it from falling. Keep, on the other hand, often implies continuing to have something, like keeping memories alive.
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In a figurative sense, hold can mean to contain or have capacity for something, as in holding one's emotions. Keep, in a similar non-literal use, can mean to adhere to an agreement or promise, like keeping a secret.
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Hold is also used to denote organizing or conducting an event, as in holding a meeting. Keep, conversely, can suggest a regular practice or habit, such as keeping a diary.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Use

Hold indicates physically grasping.
Keep refers to retaining or maintaining.
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Duration

Hold often implies a temporary action.
Keep implies a longer duration or state.
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Physical Contact

Hold usually requires physical contact.
Keep does not necessarily require physical contact.
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Figurative Use

Hold can mean to contain or have capacity.
Keep can mean to adhere to something like a promise.
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Contextual Use

Hold can refer to organizing events.
Keep can suggest a regular practice or habit.
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Hold and Keep Definitions

Hold

To contain or have the capacity for something.
The bottle can hold up to two liters of water.
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Keep

To maintain something in a particular state.
Keep the door closed to maintain the room temperature.
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To organize or conduct an event.
The club will hold a meeting next Thursday.
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Keep

To adhere to an agreement or promise.
She always keeps her promises.
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Hold

To detain or restrain.
The police will hold the suspect for questioning.
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Keep

To continue a regular practice or habit.
He keeps a journal of his daily activities.
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Hold

To have and keep in one's grasp
Held the reins tightly.
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Keep

To retain possession of
Kept the change.
Must keep your composure.
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Hold

To aim or direct; point
Held a hose on the fire.
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Keep

To have as a supply
Keep spare parts in case of emergency.
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Hold

To keep from falling or moving; support
A nail too small to hold the mirror.
Hold the horse steady.
Papers that were held together with staples.
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Keep

To provide (a family, for example) with maintenance and support
"There's little to earn and many to keep" (Charles Kingsley).
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Hold

To sustain the pressure of
The old bridge can't hold much weight.
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Keep

To support (a mistress or lover) financially.
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Hold

To keep from departing or getting away
Hold the bus! Hold the dog until I find the leash.
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Keep

To put customarily; store
Where do you keep your saw?.
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Hold

To keep in custody
Held the suspect for questioning.
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Keep

To supply with room and board for a charge
Keep boarders.
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Hold

To retain (one's attention or interest)
Televised sports can't hold my interest.
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Keep

To raise
Keep chickens.
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Hold

To avoid letting out or expelling
The swimmer held her breath while underwater.
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Keep

To maintain for use or service
An urbanite who didn't keep a car.
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Hold

To be filled by; contain
This drawer holds socks.
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Keep

To manage, tend, or have charge of
Keep the shop while I'm away.
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Hold

To be capable of holding
A pitcher that holds a quart.
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Keep

To preserve (food).
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Hold

To have as a chief characteristic or quality
The film holds many surprises.
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Keep

To cause to continue in a state, condition, or course of action
Tried to keep the patient calm.
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Hold

To have in store
Let's see what the future holds.
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Keep

To maintain records or entries in
Keep a yearly diary.
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Hold

To have and maintain in one's possession
Holds a great deal of property.
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Keep

To enter (data) in a book
Keep financial records.
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Hold

To have as a responsible position or a privilege
Held the governorship for six years.
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Keep

To detain
Was kept after school.
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Hold

To have in recognition of achievement or superiority
Holds the record for the one-mile race.
Holds the respect of her peers.
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Keep

To restrain
Kept the child away from the stove.
Kept the crowd back with barriers.
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Hold

To maintain control over
Thieves held the stolen painting for ransom.
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Keep

To prevent or deter
Tried to keep the ice from melting.
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Hold

To maintain occupation of by force or coercion
Protesters held the embassy for a week.
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Keep

To refrain from divulging
Keep a secret.
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Hold

To withstand the efforts or advance of (an opposing team, for example).
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Keep

To save; reserve
Keep extra money for emergencies.
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Hold

To maintain in a given condition, situation, or action
The storyteller held the crowd spellbound.
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Keep

To adhere or conform to; follow
Keep late hours.
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Hold

To impose control or restraint on; curb
She held her temper.
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Keep

To be faithful to; fulfill
Keep one's word.
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Hold

To stop the movement or progress of
Hold the presses!.
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Keep

To celebrate; observe
Keep the Sabbath.
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Hold

To reserve or keep back from use
Please hold two tickets for us. Hold the relish on that hamburger.
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Keep

To remain in a state or condition; stay
Keep in line.
Keep quiet.
Kept well.
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Hold

To defer the immediate handling of
The receptionist held all calls during the meeting.
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Keep

To continue to do
Keep on talking.
Keep guessing.
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Hold

To own or have title to.
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Keep

To remain fresh or unspoiled
The dessert won't keep.
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Hold

To be in possession of, whether legally entitled or not
Holds an interest in the company.
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Keep

To restrain oneself; hold oneself back
I couldn't keep from eavesdropping.
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Hold

To bind by a contract.
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Keep

Care; charge
The child is in my keep for the day.
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Hold

To adjudge or decree
The court held that the defendant was at fault.
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Keep

The means by which one is supported
Earn one's keep.
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Hold

To make accountable; obligate
He held me to my promise.
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Keep

The stronghold of a castle.
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Hold

To keep in the mind or convey as a judgment, conviction, or point of view
Holds that this economic program is the only answer to high prices.
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A jail.
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Hold

To assert or affirm, especially formally
This doctrine holds that people are inherently good.
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Keep

To continue in (a course or mode of action); to not intermit or fall from; to uphold or maintain.
To keep silence;
To keep possession
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Hold

To regard in a certain way
I hold you in high esteem.
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Keep

To remain faithful to a given promise or word.
To keep one's word;
To keep one's promise
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Hold

To cause to take place; carry on
Held the race in Texas.
Hold a yard sale.
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Keep

(transitive) To hold the status of something.
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Hold

To assemble for and conduct the activity of; convene
Held a meeting of the board.
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Keep

To maintain possession of.
I keep a small stock of painkillers for emergencies.
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Hold

To carry or support (the body or a bodily part) in a certain position
Can the baby hold herself up yet? Hold up your leg.
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Keep

To maintain the condition of; to preserve in a certain state.
I keep my specimens under glass to protect them.
The abundance of squirrels kept the dogs running for hours.
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Hold

To cover (the ears or the nose, for example) especially for protection
Held my nose against the stench.
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Keep

(transitive) To record transactions, accounts, or events in.
I used to keep a diary.
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Hold

To maintain a grasp or grip on something.
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Keep

(transitive) To enter (accounts, records, etc.) in a book.
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Hold

To stay securely fastened
The chain held.
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Keep

(archaic) To remain in; to be confined to.
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Hold

To maintain a desired or accustomed position or condition
Hopes the weather will hold.
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Keep

To restrain.
I keep my pet gerbil away from my brother.
Don't let me keep you; I know you have things to be doing.
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Hold

To withstand stress, pressure, or opposition
The defense held. We held firm on the negotiations.
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Keep

(with from) To watch over, look after, guard, protect.
May the Lord keep you from harm.
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Hold

To continue in the same direction
The ship held to an easterly course.
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Keep

To supply with necessities and financially support (a person).
He kept a mistress for over ten years.
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Hold

To be valid, applicable, or true
The observation still holds in cases like this.
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Keep

(of living things) To raise; to care for.
He has been keeping orchids since retiring.
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Hold

To halt an intended action. Often used in the imperative.
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Keep

To refrain from freely disclosing (a secret).
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Hold

To stop the countdown during a missile or spacecraft launch.
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Keep

To maintain (an establishment or institution); to conduct; to manage.
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Hold

(Slang) To have in one's possession illicit or illegally obtained material or goods, especially narcotics
The suspect was holding.
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Keep

To have habitually in stock for sale.
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Hold

The act or a means of grasping.
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Keep

(intransitive) To hold or be held in a state.
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Hold

A manner of grasping an opponent, as in wrestling or aikido
A neck hold.
An arm hold.
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Keep

(obsolete) To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
She kept to her bed while the fever lasted.
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Hold

Something that may be grasped or gripped, as for support.
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Keep

To continue.
I keep taking the tablets, but to no avail.
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Hold

A control or adjustor on a television that keeps the screen image in proper position
Adjusted the horizontal hold.
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Keep

To remain edible or otherwise usable.
Potatoes can keep if they are in a root cellar.
Latex paint won't keep indefinitely.
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Hold

A telephone service that allows one to temporarily interrupt a call without severing the connection.
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Keep

(copulative) To remain in a state.
The rabbit avoided detection by keeping still.
Keep calm! There's no need to panic.
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Hold

A bond or force that attaches or restrains, or by which something is affected or dominated
A writer with a strong hold on her readership.
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Keep

(obsolete) To wait for, keep watch for.
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Hold

Complete control
Has a firm hold on the complex issues.
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Keep

To act as wicket-keeper.
Godfrey Evans kept for England for many years.
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Hold

Full understanding
Has a good hold on physics.
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Keep

To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
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Hold

The sustaining of a note longer than its indicated time value.
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Keep

To be in session; to take place.
School keeps today.
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Hold

The symbol designating this pause; a fermata.
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Keep

(transitive) To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; to not swerve from or violate.
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Hold

A direction or indication that something is to be reserved or deferred.
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Keep

To visit (a place) often; to frequent.
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Hold

A temporary halt, as in a countdown.
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Keep

To observe or celebrate (a holiday).
The feast of St. Stephen is kept on December 26.
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Hold

A prison cell.
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Keep

(historical) The main tower of a castle or fortress, located within the castle walls.
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Hold

The state of being in confinement; custody.
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Keep

The food or money required to keep someone alive and healthy; one's support, maintenance.
He works as a cobbler's apprentice for his keep.
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Hold

(Archaic) A fortified place; a stronghold.
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Keep

(obsolete) The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge; notice.
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Hold

The lower interior part of a ship or airplane where cargo is stored.
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Keep

The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case.
To be in good keep
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Hold

(transitive) To grasp or grip.
Hold the pencil like this.
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Keep

(obsolete) That which is kept in charge; a charge.
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Hold

(transitive) To contain or store.
This package holds six bottles.
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Keep

(engineering) A cap for holding something, such as a journal box, in place.
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Hold

(heading) To maintain or keep to a position or state.
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Keep

To care; to desire.
I kepe not of armes for to yelp [boast].
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Hold

(transitive) To have and keep possession of something.
Hold my coat for me.
The general ordered the colonel to hold his position at all costs.
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Keep

To hold; to restrain from departure or removal; not to let go of; to retain in one's power or possession; not to lose; to retain; to detain.
If we lose the field,We can not keep the town.
That I may know what keeps me here with you.
If we would weigh and keep in our minds what we are considering, that would instruct us.
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Hold

(transitive) To reserve.
Hold a table for us at 7:00.
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Keep

To cause to remain in a given situation or condition; to maintain unchanged; to hold or preserve in any state or tenor.
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal.
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on.
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Hold

(transitive) To cause to wait or delay.
Hold the elevator.
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Keep

To have in custody; to have in some place for preservation; to take charge of.
The crown of Stephanus, first king of Hungary, was always kept in the castle of Vicegrade.
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Hold

(transitive) To detain.
Hold the suspect in this cell.
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Keep

To preserve from danger, harm, or loss; to guard.
Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee.
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Hold

To be or remain valid; to apply (usually in the third person).
To hold true;
The proposition holds.
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Keep

To preserve from discovery or publicity; not to communicate, reveal, or betray, as a secret.
Great are thy virtues . . . though kept from man.
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Hold

To keep oneself in a particular state.
To hold firm
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Keep

To attend upon; to have the care of; to tend.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it.
In her girlish age, she kept sheep on the moor.
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Hold

(transitive) To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
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Keep

To record transactions, accounts, or events in; as, to keep books, a journal, etc.; also, to enter (as accounts, records, etc. ) in a book.
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(transitive) To bear, carry, or manage.
He holds himself proudly erect.
Hold your head high.
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Keep

To maintain, as an establishment, institution, or the like; to conduct; to manage; as, to keep store.
Like a pedant that keeps a school.
Every one of them kept house by himself.
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Hold

Not to move; to halt; to stop.
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Keep

To supply with necessaries of life; to entertain; as, to keep boarders.
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(intransitive) Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
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Keep

To have in one's service; to have and maintain, as an assistant, a servant, a mistress, a horse, etc.
I keep but three men and a boy.
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Hold

To remain continent; to control an excretory bodily function.
To hold one's bladder;
To hold one's breath
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Keep

To have habitually in stock for sale.
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Hold

(heading) To maintain or keep to particular opinions, promises, actions.
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Keep

To continue in, as a course or mode of action; not to intermit or fall from; to hold to; to maintain; as, to keep silence; to keep one's word; to keep possession.
Both day and night did we keep company.
Within this portal as I kept my watch.
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Hold

(transitive) To maintain, to consider, to opine.
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Keep

To observe; to adhere to; to fulfill; not to swerve from or violate; to practice or perform, as duty; not to neglect; to be faithful to.
I have kept the faith.
Him whom to love is to obey, and keepHis great command.
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Hold

(transitive) To bind (someone) to a consequence of his or her actions.
He was held responsible for the actions of those under his command.
I'll hold him to that promise.
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Keep

To confine one's self to; not to quit; to remain in; as, to keep one's house, room, bed, etc.; hence, to haunt; to frequent.
'Tis hallowed ground;Fairies, and fawns, and satyrs do it keep.
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Hold

To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
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Keep

To observe duly, as a festival, etc.; to celebrate; to solemnize; as, to keep a feast.
I went with them to the house of God . . . with a multitude that kept holyday.
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Hold

To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
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Keep

To remain in any position or state; to continue; to abide; to stay; as, to keep at a distance; to keep aloft; to keep near; to keep in the house; to keep before or behind; to keep in favor; to keep out of company, or out reach.
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Hold

(archaic) To restrain oneself; to refrain; to hold back.
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Keep

To last; to endure; to remain unimpaired.
If the malt be not thoroughly dried, the ale it makes will not keep.
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Hold

To win one's own service game.
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Keep

To reside for a time; to lodge; to dwell.
Knock at his study, where, they say, he keeps.
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Hold

To take place, to occur.
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Keep

To take care; to be solicitous; to watch.
Keep that the lusts choke not the word of God that is in us.
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Hold

To organise an event or meeting (usually in passive voice).
Elections will be held on the first Sunday of next month.
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Keep

To be in session; as, school keeps to-day.
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Hold

(archaic) To derive right or title.
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Keep

The act or office of keeping; custody; guard; care; heed; charge.
Pan, thou god of shepherds all,Which of our tender lambkins takest keep.
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Hold

(imperative) In a food or drink order at an informal restaurant etc., requesting that a component normally included in that order be omitted.
One ham-and-cheese sandwich; hold the mustard.
A martini, please, and hold the olive.
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Keep

The state of being kept; hence, the resulting condition; case; as, to be in good keep.
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Hold

To be in possession of illicit drugs for sale.
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Keep

The means or provisions by which one is kept; maintenance; support; as, the keep of a horse.
Grass equal to the keep of seven cows.
I performed some services to the college in return for my keep.
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Hold

A grasp or grip.
Keep a firm hold on the handlebars.
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Keep

That which keeps or protects; a stronghold; a fortress; a castle; specifically, the strongest and securest part of a castle, often used as a place of residence by the lord of the castle, especially during a siege; the dungeon. See Illust. of Castle.
The prison strong,Within whose keep the captive knights were laid.
The lower chambers of those gloomy keeps.
I think . . . the keep, or principal part of a castle, was so called because the lord and his domestic circle kept, abode, or lived there.
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Hold

An act or instance of holding.
Can I have a hold of the baby?
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Keep

That which is kept in charge; a charge.
Often he used of his keepA sacrifice to bring.
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Hold

A place where animals are held for safety
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Keep

A cap for retaining anything, as a journal box, in place.
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Hold

An order that something is to be reserved or delayed, limiting or preventing how it can be dealt with.
Senator X placed a hold on the bill, then went to the library and placed a hold on a book.
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Keep

The financial means whereby one lives;
Each child was expected to pay for their keep
He applied to the state for support
He could no longer earn his own livelihood
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Hold

Something reserved or kept.
We have a hold here for you.
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Keep

The main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
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Hold

Power over someone or something.
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Keep

A cell in a jail or prison
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Hold

The ability to persist.
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Keep

Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
Keep clean
Hold in place
She always held herself as a lady
The students keep me on my toes
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Hold

The property of maintaining the shape of styled hair.
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Keep

Continue a certain state, condition, or activity;
Keep on working!
We continued to work into the night
Keep smiling
We went on working until well past midnight
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Hold

(wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent.
He got him in a tight hold and pinned him to the mat.
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Keep

Retain possession of;
Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
She kept her maiden name after she married
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Hold

(exercise) An exercise involving holding a position for a set time
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Keep

Prevent from doing something or being in a certain state;
We must prevent the cancer from spreading
His snoring kept me from falling asleep
Keep the child from eating the marbles
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Hold

(gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble, the house or bookmaker's hold.
The House Hold on the game is 10,000, this is the amount of decision or risk the house wishes to assume.
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Keep

Conform one's action or practice to;
Keep appointments
She never keeps her promises
We kept to the original conditions of the contract
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Hold

(gambling) The wager amount, the total hold.
As of Monday night the total Melbourne Cup hold was $848,015
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Keep

Observe correctly or closely;
The pianist kept time with the metronome
Keep count
I cannot keep track of all my employees
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Hold

(tennis) An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.
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Keep

Look after; be the keeper of; have charge of;
He keeps the shop when I am gone
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Hold

The part of an object one is intended to grasp, or anything one can use for grasping with hands or feet.
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Keep

Maintain by writing regular records;
Keep a diary
Maintain a record
Keep notes
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Hold

A fruit machine feature allowing one or more of the reels to remain fixed while the others spin.
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Keep

Supply with room and board;
He is keeping three women in the guest cottage
Keep boarders
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Hold

A pause facility.
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Keep

Allow to remain in a place or position;
We cannot continue several servants any longer
She retains a lawyer
The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff
Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
We kept the work going as long as we could
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Hold

The queueing system on telephones and similar communication systems which maintains a connection when all lines are busy.
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Keep

Supply with necessities and support;
She alone sustained her family
The money will sustain our good cause
There's little to earn and many to keep
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Hold

(baseball) A statistic awarded to a relief pitcher who is not still pitching at the end of the game and who records at least one out and maintains a lead for his team.
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Keep

Fail to spoil or rot;
These potatoes keep for a long time
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Hold

(aviation) A region of airspace reserved for aircraft being kept in a holding pattern.
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Keep

Celebrate, as of holidays or rites;
Keep the commandments
Celebrate Christmas
Observe Yom Kippur
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Hold

The cargo area of a ship or aircraft (often holds or cargo hold).
We watched our luggage being loaded into the hold of the plane.
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Keep

Keep under control; keep in check;
Suppress a smile
Keep your temper
Keep your cool
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Hold

(obsolete) Gracious; friendly; faithful; true.
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Keep

Maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger;
May God keep you
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Hold

The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.
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Keep

Raise;
She keeps a few chickens in the yard
He keeps bees
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Hold

The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; - often used with the verbs take and lay.
Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold.
Thou should'st lay hold upon him.
My soul took hold on thee.
Take fast hold of instruction.
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Keep

Retain rights to;
Keep my job for me while I give birth
Keep my seat, please
Keep open the possibility of a merger
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Hold

The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.
The law hath yet another hold on you.
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Keep

Store or keep customarily;
Where do you keep your gardening tools?
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Hold

Binding power and influence.
Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of.
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Keep

Have as a supply;
I always keep batteries in the freezer
Keep food for a week in the pantry
She keeps a sixpack and a week's worth of supplies in the refrigerator
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Hold

Something that may be grasped; means of support.
If a man be upon an high place without rails or good hold, he is ready to fall.
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Keep

Maintain for use and service;
I keep a car in the countryside
She keeps an apartment in Paris for her shopping trips
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Hold

A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.
They . . . put them in hold unto the next day.
King Richard, he is in the mighty holdOf Bolingbroke.
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Keep

Hold and prevent from leaving;
The student was kept after school
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Hold

A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.
New comers in an ancient hold
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Keep

Prevent (food) from rotting;
Preserved meats
Keep potatoes fresh
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Hold

A character [thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.
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Keep

To retain possession or control over something.
I'll keep the keys in case we return early.
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Hold

To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep in the grasp; to retain.
The loops held one curtain to another.
Thy right hand shall hold me.
They all hold swords, being expert in war.
In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.
France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . . . A fasting tiger safer by the tooth,Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.
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Keep

To manage or look after something.
They keep a small garden in their backyard.
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Hold

To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.
We mean to hold what anciently we claimOf deity or empire.
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Hold

To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.
This noble merchant held a noble house.
Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.
And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.
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Hold

To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
We can not hold mortality's strong hand.
Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.
He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue.
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Hold

To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.
Hold not thy peace, and be not still.
Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,Shall hold their course.
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Hold

To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a clergyman holds a service.
I would hold more talk with thee.
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Hold

To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain; to have capacity or containing power for.
Broken cisterns that can hold no water.
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.
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Hold

To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.
Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.
But still he held his purpose to depart.
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Hold

To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.
I hold him but a fool.
I shall never hold that man my friend.
The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
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Hold

To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.
Let him hold his fingers thus.
O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods,And hold a lady in hand.
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Hold

In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
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Hold

Not to move; to halt; to stop; - mostly in the imperative.
And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"
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Hold

Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.
Our force by land hath nobly held.
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Hold

Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
While our obedience holds.
The rule holds in land as all other commodities.
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Hold

Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; - often with with, to, or for.
He will hold to the one and despise the other.
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Hold

To restrain one's self; to refrain.
His dauntless heart would fain have heldFrom weeping, but his eyes rebelled.
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Hold

To derive right or title; - generally with of.
My crown is absolute, and holds of none.
His imagination holds immediately from nature.
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Hold

The act of grasping;
He released his clasp on my arm
He has a strong grip for an old man
She kept a firm hold on the railing
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Hold

Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something;
He has a good grasp of accounting practices
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Hold

Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated;
He has a hold over them
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Hold

Time during which some action is awaited;
Instant replay caused too long a delay
He ordered a hold in the action
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Hold

A state of being confined (usually for a short time);
His detention was politically motivated
The prisoner is on hold
He is in the custody of police
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Hold

A stronghold
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Hold

A cell in a jail or prison
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The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it;
He grabbed the hammer by the handle
It was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip
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Hold

The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
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Hold

Organize or be responsible for;
Hold a reception
Have, throw, or make a party
Give a course
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Hold

Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,
Keep clean
Hold in place
She always held herself as a lady
The students keep me on my toes
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Hold

Have or hold in one's hands or grip;
Hold this bowl for a moment, please
A crazy idea took hold of him
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Hold

To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement;
This holds the local until the express passengers change trains
About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade
The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center
The terrorists held the journalists for ransom
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Hold

Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices;
She bears the title of Duchess
He held the governorship for almost a decade
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Hold

Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;
She has $1,000 in the bank
He has got two beautiful daughters
She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
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Hold

Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view;
Take for granted
View as important
Hold these truths to be self-evident
I hold him personally responsible
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Hold

Contain or hold; have within;
The jar carries wine
The canteen holds fresh water
This can contains water
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Hold

Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits;
Moderate your alcohol intake
Hold your tongue
Hold your temper
Control your anger
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Hold

Remain in a certain state, position, or condition;
The weather held
They held on the road and kept marching
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Hold

Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);
Bear a grudge
Entertain interesting notions
Harbor a resentment
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Hold

Assert or affirm;
Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good
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Hold

Remain committed to;
I hold to these ideas
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Hold

Secure and keep for possible future use or application;
The landlord retained the security deposit
I reserve the right to disagree
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Hold

Be the physical support of; carry the weight of;
The beam holds up the roof
He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam
What's holding that mirror?
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Hold

Hold the attention of;
The soprano held the audience
This story held our interest
She can hold an audience spellbound
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Hold

Keep from exhaling or expelling;
Hold your breath
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Hold

Support or hold in a certain manner;
She holds her head high
He carried himself upright
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Hold

Have room for; hold without crowding;
This hotel can accommodate 250 guests
The theater admits 300 people
The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people
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Hold

Be capable of holding or containing;
This box won't take all the items
The flask holds one gallon
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Hold

Be valid, applicable, or true;
This theory still holds
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Hold

Take and maintain control over, often by violent means;
The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week
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Hold

Protect against a challenge or attack;
Hold that position behind the trees!
Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks
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Hold

Declare to be;
She was declared incompetent
Judge held that the defendant was innocent
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Hold

Have as a major characteristic;
The novel holds many surprises
The book holds in store much valuable advise
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Hold

Cause to stop;
Halt the engines
Arrest the progress
Halt the presses
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Hold

Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted;
He's held by a contract
I'll hold you by your promise
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Hold

Cover as for protection against noise or smell;
She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate
Hold one's nose
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Hold

Drink alcohol without showing ill effects;
He can hold his liquor
He had drunk more than he could carry
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Hold

Be pertinent or relevant or applicable;
The same laws apply to you!
This theory holds for all irrational numbers
The same rules go for everyone
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Hold

Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance;
Reserve me a seat on a flight
The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family
Please hold a table at Maxim's
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Hold

Resist or confront with resistance;
The politician defied public opinion
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
The bridge held
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Hold

Keep from departing;
Hold the taxi
Hold the horse
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Hold

Stop dealing with;
Hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting
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Hold

Aim, point, or direct;
Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames
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Hold

Be in accord; be in agreement;
We agreed on the terms of the settlement
I can't agree with you!
I hold with those who say life is sacred
Both philosophers concord on this point
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Hold

To grasp or carry something physically.
She can hold the bag while I open the door.
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Hold

To support or keep from falling.
Please hold the ladder steady while I climb.
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Can 'hold' imply emotional restraint?

Yes, 'hold' can be used to imply restraining emotions, like holding back tears.
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Is 'keep' used for physical objects only?

No, 'keep' can refer to both physical objects and intangible things like promises.
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Does 'hold' always mean physical touch?

Mostly, but it can also have figurative meanings like holding someone's attention.
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Can 'keep' suggest a sense of duty?

Yes, 'keep' can imply a responsibility or duty, like keeping a watch.
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Can 'hold' indicate a temporary action?

Yes, 'hold' often implies a temporary action or state.
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Can 'hold' be used in a non-physical sense?

Yes, like holding a position or opinion.
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Can 'hold' be used in expressions?

Yes, 'hold' is used in many expressions, like hold your horses.
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Is 'hold' used in legal contexts?

Yes, 'hold' is used in legal contexts, like holding someone in custody.
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Is 'keep' used in promises and agreements?

Yes, 'keep' is commonly used in the context of adhering to promises or agreements.
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Does 'keep' imply a longer duration than 'hold'?

Generally, 'keep' suggests a longer duration or ongoing state compared to 'hold'.
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Is 'keep' used in the sense of conservation?

Yes, 'keep' can imply conservation, like keeping the environment clean.
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Can 'hold' imply control or influence?

Yes, 'hold' can imply having control or influence over something or someone.
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Can 'hold' refer to delaying something?

Yes, 'hold' can mean to delay or postpone, like holding off a decision.
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Does 'keep' have a protective connotation?

Yes, 'keep' can imply protection or care, like keeping someone safe.
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Does 'keep' imply active effort?

Yes, 'keep' often suggests an active effort to maintain or retain something.
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Can 'hold' be used in a supportive sense?

Yes, 'hold' can imply support, both physically and emotionally.
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Is 'keep' used to denote habits?

Yes, 'keep' often refers to maintaining habits or routines.
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Can 'hold' be used in the context of capacity?

Yes, 'hold' can indicate capacity or volume, like a container holding water.
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Is 'keep' used in terms of employment?

Yes, 'keep' can be used in employment contexts, like keeping a job.
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Does 'keep' imply a sense of continuity?

Yes, 'keep' often implies continuity or persistence in a state or action.
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