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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the act of retaining something;
[syn: retention, keeping, holding]

2. something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone;
- Example: "that hat is my property"
- Example: "he is a man of property";
[syn: property, belongings, holding]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hold \Hold\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Held; p. pr. & vb. n. Holding. Holden, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf. Avast, Halt, Hod.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The loops held one curtain to another. --Ex. xxxvi. 12. [1913 Webster] Thy right hand shall hold me. --Ps. cxxxix. 10. [1913 Webster] They all hold swords, being expert in war. --Cant. iii. 8. [1913 Webster] In vain he seeks, that having can not hold. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend. [1913 Webster] We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office. [1913 Webster] This noble merchant held a noble house. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute. --Knolles. [1913 Webster] And now the strand, and now the plain, they held. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain. [1913 Webster] We can not hold mortality's strong hand. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow. --Grashaw. [1913 Webster] He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain. [1913 Webster] Hold not thy peace, and be not still. --Ps. lxxxiii. 1. [1913 Webster] Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall hold their course. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] I would hold more talk with thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. 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. [1913 Webster] Broken cisterns that can hold no water. --Jer. ii. 13. [1913 Webster] One sees more devils than vast hell can hold. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain. [1913 Webster] Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught. --2 Thes. ii.15. [1913 Webster] But still he held his purpose to depart. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge. [1913 Webster] I hold him but a fool. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall never hold that man my friend. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. --Ex. xx. 7. [1913 Webster] 10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high. [1913 Webster] Let him hold his fingers thus. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To hold a wager, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift. To hold forth, (a) v. t.to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put forward. "The propositions which books hold forth and pretend to teach." --Locke. (b) v. i. To talk at length; to harangue. To held in, to restrain; to curd. To hold in hand, to toy with; to keep in expectation; to have in one's power. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods, And hold a lady in hand. --Beaw. & Fl. To hold in play, to keep under control; to dally with. --Macaulay. To hold off, to keep at a distance. To hold on, to hold in being, continuance or position; as, to hold a rider on. To hold one's day, to keep one's appointment. [Obs.] --Chaucer. To hold one's own. To keep good one's present condition absolutely or relatively; not to fall off, or to lose ground; as, a ship holds her own when she does not lose ground in a race or chase; a man holds his own when he does not lose strength or weight. To hold one's peace, to keep silence. To hold out. (a) To extend; to offer. "Fortune holds out these to you as rewards." --B. Jonson. (b) To continue to do or to suffer; to endure. "He can not long hold out these pangs." --Shak. To hold up. (a) To raise; to lift; as, hold up your head. (b) To support; to sustain. "He holds himself up in virtue."--Sir P. Sidney. (c) To exhibit; to display; as, he was held up as an example. (d) To rein in; to check; to halt; as, hold up your horses. (e) to rob, usually at gunpoint; -- often with the demand to "hold up" the hands. (f) To delay. To hold water. (a) Literally, to retain water without leaking; hence (Fig.), to be whole, sound, consistent, without gaps or holes; -- commonly used in a negative sense; as, his statements will not hold water. [Colloq.] (b) (Naut.) To hold the oars steady in the water, thus checking the headway of a boat. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Holding \Hold"ing\, n. 1. The act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining. [1913 Webster] 2. A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another. [1913 Webster] 3. That which holds, binds, or influences. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 4. The burden or chorus of a song. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Holding note (Mus.), a note sustained in one part, while the other parts move. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

holding n 1: the act of retaining something [syn: retention, keeping, holding] 2: something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property"; [syn: property, belongings, holding]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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