Synonyms of hold in English:

hold


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verb

1‘she was holding a brown leather suitcase’

SYNONYMS
clasp, hold on to, clutch, grasp, grip, clench, cling to, have in one's hand
carry, bear
literary cleave to
ANTONYMS

release, let go of

2‘I wanted to hold her in my arms’

SYNONYMS
embrace, hug, clasp, cradle, fold, enfold, envelop, squeeze, hold tight, hold in one's arms
literary embosom

3‘candidates must hold a clean driving licence’

SYNONYMS
possess, have, own, bear, carry, be the owner of, have in one's possession, be in possession of, have to one's name

4‘I reached up to the nearest branch which seemed likely to hold my weight’

SYNONYMS
support, bear, carry, take, hold up, keep up, sustain, prop up, bolster up, shore up, buttress, brace

5‘the police were holding him on a murder charge’

SYNONYMS
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
ANTONYMS

let go

6‘their minimal costumes are a way of holding an audience's attention’

SYNONYMS
maintain, keep, keep up, keep alive, occupy, engross, absorb, interest, captivate, fascinate, enthral, rivet, monopolize
engage, catch, capture, grip, arrest
ANTONYMS

lose

7‘he held a senior post in the Foreign Office’

SYNONYMS
occupy, have, be in, fill
informal hold down

8‘the tank held twenty-four gallons’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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

10‘let's hope the good weather holds for the rest of the week’

SYNONYMS
continue, carry on, go on, hold on, hold out, keep up, keep going, last, persist, endure, stay, remain, remain unchanged
ANTONYMS

end

11‘I'll have that coffee now, if the offer still holds’

SYNONYMS
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
ANTONYMS

be no longer valid

12‘the president held a meeting with party leaders’

SYNONYMS
convene, call, assemble, summon
conduct, have, organize, run, preside over, officiate at
formal convoke
ANTONYMS

disband


noun

1‘the little girl kept a firm hold on my hand’

SYNONYMS
grip, grasp, clasp, clutch
purchase, foothold, footing, toehold

2‘he discovered that Tom had some kind of hold over his father’

SYNONYMS
influence, power, control, dominance, pull, sway, mastery, authority, leverage
informal clout

3‘military forces tightened their hold on the capital’

SYNONYMS
control, grip, power, stranglehold, dominion, authority, ascendancy

Phrases

    hold out

    1‘British troops held out against constant attacks’


    SYNONYMS
    resist, withstand, hold off, fight off, fend off, keep off, keep at bay, stand up to, square up to, fight against, bear up against, stand fast against, stand firm against, hold the line against
    ANTONYMS

    yield to

    2‘we can stay here as long as our supplies hold out’


    SYNONYMS
    last, remain, be extant, continue
    ANTONYMS

    run out

    hold off

    1‘fortunately, the rain held off until the evening’


    SYNONYMS
    be delayed, keep off, stay away, not begin, not occur, not happen, not arrive
    ANTONYMS

    start

    2‘if I was in their shoes, I'd hold off for a couple of days’


    SYNONYMS
    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
    informal hold one's horses, sit tight
    ANTONYMS

    proceed

    hold on

    1‘hold on a minute, I'll be right back!’


    SYNONYMS
    wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second, stay here, stay put, remain here
    hold the line
    informal hang on, hang around, hang about, stick around, sit tight, hold your horses
    archaic, literary tarry

    2‘if only they could hold on a little longer’


    SYNONYMS
    keep going, keep on, survive, last, continue, persevere, struggle on, carry on, go on, hang on, hold out, not give up, see it through, stay the course
    informal soldier on, stick at it, stick it out, hang in there
    ANTONYMS

    give up

    hold water

    ‘there are times when this theory just does not hold water’


    SYNONYMS
    be tenable, ring true, bear examination, bear scrutiny, survive investigation, make sense, work out, stand up, hold up, be convincing, be plausible, be verifiable, be provable, be sound
    ANTONYMS

    fall down

    hold someone down

    ‘the people are held down by a repressive military regime’


    SYNONYMS
    oppress, repress, suppress, subdue, tyrannize, dominate, subjugate, keep down, keep under, keep in subjection, keep in submission
    hold something off

    ‘he held off a late challenge by Vose to win by thirteen seconds’


    SYNONYMS
    resist, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, keep off, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bay
    ANTONYMS

    submit to, be overpowered by

    get hold of

    1‘if you can't get hold of ripe tomatoes, add some tomato puree’


    SYNONYMS
    obtain, acquire, get, find, come by, pick up, procure, get possession of
    buy, purchase
    informal get one's hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's mitts on

    2‘I'll try and get hold of Mark’


    SYNONYMS
    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, ring up, get on to
    informal drop a line to
    hold back

    ‘he held back, remembering the mistake he had made before’


    SYNONYMS
    hesitate, pause, stop oneself, restrain oneself, desist, forbear, discontinue, withhold from doing something, refrain from doing something
    ANTONYMS

    carry on

    hold someone or something dear

    ‘fidelity is something most of us hold dear’


    SYNONYMS
    cherish, treasure, prize, appreciate, value highly, rate highly, care very much about, care very much for, place a high value on, attach great importance to, set great store by
    informal put on a pedestal
    ANTONYMS

    think little of

    hold something over

    ‘the usual family gathering was held over until late January’


    SYNONYMS
    postpone, put off, put back, delay, defer, adjourn, suspend, shelve, hold in abeyance
    North American put over, table, take a rain check on
    informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage, mothball
    rare remit, respite
    ANTONYMS

    bring forward

    hold forth

    ‘he was holding forth about the qualities of good wine’


    SYNONYMS
    speak at length, talk at length, speak, talk, go on, sound off
    declaim, discourse, spout, expatiate, pontificate, orate, preach, sermonize
    lecture, harangue, fulminate
    informal spiel, speechify, preachify, drone on
    rare perorate
    put something on hold

    ‘the proposed rematch has been put on hold’


    SYNONYMS
    postpone, put off, put back, hold off, defer, delay, adjourn, shelve, suspend, hold in abeyance
    North American put over, take a rain check on
    informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage, mothball
    rare remit, respite
    ANTONYMS

    bring forward

    hold with

    ‘I don't hold with fighting or violence’


    SYNONYMS
    approve of, agree with, be in favour of, go along with, endorse, accept, countenance, support, give support to, subscribe to, give one's blessing to, take kindly to
    informal stand for, give the thumbs up to, give the okay to
    British informal be doing with
    North American rare approbate
    ANTONYMS

    disapprove of

    hold something down

    1‘he is determined to hold down inflation’


    SYNONYMS
    keep down, keep low, keep at a low level, peg down, freeze, fix

    2‘holding down two jobs was proving tiring for him’


    SYNONYMS
    occupy, hold, have, be in, fill
    hold someone back

    ‘my lack of experience held me back a bit’


    SYNONYMS
    hinder, hamper, inhibit, impede, obstruct, check, curb, block, thwart, balk, hamstring, restrain, frustrate, retard, delay, prevent from making progress, stand in someone's way
    informal stymie
    North American informal bork
    literary trammel
    ANTONYMS

    help, facilitate

    hold on to

    1‘he held on to the back of a chair’


    SYNONYMS
    clutch, hold, hang on to, clasp, grasp, grip, cling to
    literary cleave to
    ANTONYMS

    release, let go of

    2‘the industry is trying to hold on to experienced staff’


    SYNONYMS
    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
    ANTONYMS

    lose

    hold something out

    ‘Celia held out her hand’


    SYNONYMS
    extend, proffer, offer, present, outstretch, reach out, stretch out, put out, hold forth
    literary outreach
    ANTONYMS

    withdraw

    hold up

    ‘their views still seem to hold up extremely well’


    SYNONYMS
    be convincing, be logical, hold, hold water, bear examination, survive investigation, be verifiable, be provable
    ANTONYMS

    be unconvincing

    hold something up

    1‘they held up the trophy for all to see’


    SYNONYMS
    display, hold aloft, exhibit, show, show off, put on show, present, flourish, flaunt, brandish
    informal flash
    ANTONYMS

    keep out of sight

    2‘concrete pillars hold up the elevated section of the motorway’


    SYNONYMS
    support, hold, bear, carry, take, sustain, keep up, prop up, bolster up, shore up, buttress

    3‘our return flight was held up for seven hours’


    SYNONYMS
    delay, detain, make late, set back, keep back, retard, slow down, slow up
    ANTONYMS

    speed up

    4‘a lack of cash has held up progress’


    SYNONYMS
    obstruct, impede, hinder, hamper, inhibit, balk, thwart, curb, hamstring, frustrate, foil, baffle, be a hindrance to, interfere with, put a brake on, stop
    informal stymie
    British informal throw a spanner in the works of, put a spoke in the wheel of
    North American informal bork, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
    ANTONYMS

    facilitate

    5‘a masked raider held up the post office’


    SYNONYMS
    rob, commit armed robbery on, make an armed raid on
    waylay, mug, ambush
    informal stick up
    North American bushwhack
    Australian, New Zealand historical bushrange
    hold something in

    ‘she tried to stop laughing, but it was too much to hold in’


    SYNONYMS
    suppress, keep back, hold back, bite back, fight back, choke back, stifle, smother, subdue, rein in, repress, restrain, check, curb, control, keep in check, keep under control, keep a tight rein on
    informal keep the lid on, button up, cork up
    ANTONYMS

    release

    hold something back

    1‘Jane struggled to hold back the tears’


    SYNONYMS
    suppress, keep back, hold in, bite back, fight back, choke back, stifle, smother, subdue, rein in, repress, restrain, check, curb, control, keep in check, keep under control, keep a tight rein on
    informal keep the lid on, button up, cork up
    ANTONYMS

    release

    2‘you're not holding anything back from me, are you?’


    SYNONYMS
    withhold, hide, conceal, keep back, keep secret, keep hidden, keep silent about, keep quiet about, hush up, refuse to disclose, suppress
    informal sit on, keep under one's hat
    ANTONYMS

    disclose