Definition of hold fast in English:

hold fast


  • 1Remain tightly secured.

    ‘the door held fast, obviously locked’
    • ‘He turned back to the door and pressed the bar, but it held fast.’
    • ‘The barrier held fast against the attack.’
    • ‘The door holds fast for just a moment before giving, groaning its displeasure at the shabby treatment it has recently received.’
    • ‘He tried prying open the trunk, but the lock held fast, and he only succeeded in bending the lid slightly.’
    • ‘The chain around my neck held fast.’
    1. 1.1Continue to believe in or adhere to an idea or principle.
      ‘it is important that we hold fast to the policies’
      • ‘More than 10 years down the track, I hold fast to that maxim.’
      • ‘On the other hand, faith changes those who hold fast to their beliefs.’
      • ‘How many of us still hold fast to our early political ideals?’
      • ‘Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears.’
      • ‘We hold fast to our commitment to be better dads than our own.’
      • ‘I hold fast to my faith and my practices, but have to be flexible.’
      • ‘The government doesn't need to hold fast to its original plan in the face of such fierce opposition.’
      • ‘He held fast to his love of God and remained ever positive.’
      • ‘I, for one, try to hold fast to the Bible and it's principles.’
      • ‘Compassionate conservatives need to hold fast to this optimistic message.’