Definition of take hold in English:

take hold


  • Start to have an effect.

    ‘the reforms of the late nineteenth century had taken hold’
    • ‘In large doses the anaesthetic effect takes hold and can lead to respiratory problems.’
    • ‘As many of your readers will know, meningitis can take hold rapidly with devastating and sometimes fatal effects.’
    • ‘As forty degrees of sun and a lack of shade took hold, so my thoughts wandered.’
    • ‘As Parkinson's disease took hold, he developed a phobia about the cracks between paving stones.’
    • ‘As the cancer took hold, she found it harder to cope with the physical demands of life, but her vitality never left her.’
    • ‘Many would seem to be tied into contracts which began before the surge in fuel prices took hold.’
    • ‘The cancer took hold in 2001 leading to respiratory problems and a rapid decline in health.’
    • ‘The child was put to bed on Wednesday night - just hours later the virus took hold.’
    • ‘It's a message that's taking hold in Europe, causing more division between the EU and the US.’
    • ‘However, the idea the trains would be required to shift increasing amounts of produce from the Mid West is taking hold.’