The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hold \Hold\, v. i.
In general, to keep one's self in a given position or
condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; -- mostly in the
And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"
2. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to
remain unbroken or unsubdued.
Our force by land hath nobly held. --Shak.
3. 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. --Milton.
The rule holds in land as all other commodities.
4. 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.
--Matt. vi. 24
5. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
His dauntless heart would fain have held
From weeping, but his eyes rebelled. --Dryden.
6. To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
My crown is absolute, and holds of none. --Dryden.
His imagination holds immediately from nature.
Hold on! Hold up! wait; stop; forbear. [Collog] -- To
hold forth, to speak in public; to harangue; to preach.
To hold in, to restrain one's self; as, he wanted to laugh
and could hardly hold in.
To hold off, to keep at a distance.
To hold on, to keep fast hold; to continue; to go on. "The
trade held on for many years," --Swift.
To hold out, to last; to endure; to continue; to maintain
one's self; not to yield or give way.
To hold over, to remain in office, possession, etc., beyond
a certain date.
To hold to or To hold with, to take sides with, as a
person or opinion.
To hold together, to be joined; not to separate; to remain
in union. --Dryden. --Locke.
To hold up.
(a) To support one's self; to remain unbent or unbroken;
as, to hold up under misfortunes.
(b) To cease raining; to cease to stop; as, it holds up.
(c) To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground.