Synonyms of hold in English:

hold


See definition of hold

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be no longer valid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 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 back

      ‘my lack of experience held me back a bit’

      SYNONYMS

      hinder, hamper, inhibit, impede, obstruct, check, curb, block, thwart, baulk, 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 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

    hold someone/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 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 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 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

    hold something in
    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 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

    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, stick around, sit tight, hold your horses

      British informal

      hang about

      literary, archaic

      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 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 one's own

      ‘Britain has begun to hold its own in world markets’

      SYNONYMS

      stand firm, stand one's ground, keep one's position, maintain one's position, keep one's end up, keep one's head above water, compete, survive, manage, cope, get through, get on, get along, get by

      ANTONYMS

      go under

    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 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 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 the fort

      ‘I'll hold the fort until you get back’

      SYNONYMS

      stand in, fill in, act as stand-in, deputize, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, take over, be a substitute

      take someone's place, act in someone's place, do duty, do a locum, be a locum, sit in, understudy

      step into the breach

      informal

      fill someone's boots, fill someone's shoes

      North American informal

      pinch-hit

    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
    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, baulk, 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

      NZ Australian historical

      bushrange

    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 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

    get hold of

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

      SYNONYMS

      obtain, acquire, get, find, come by, pick up, procure, get possession of

      buy, purchase

      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

      get on to

      drop a line to

    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