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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a trial is held
▪ We believe the trial will be held sometime next month.
be held without bail
▪ He was being held without bail pending another hearing.
be held/kept in custody
▪ The men have been held in custody since they were arrested.
be stuck/caught/held up in traffic
▪ Sorry I’m late – I was stuck in traffic.
deeply held
deeply held religious beliefs
▪ The funeral will be held at St. Martin’s Church.
held a ballot
▪ Workers at the plant held a ballot and rejected strike action.
held accountable
▪ The hospital should be held accountable for the quality of care it gives.
held captive (=kept as a prisoner)
▪ a pilot who was held captive for six years
held hostage to
▪ Our country must not be held hostage to our past.
held in detention
▪ Willis was held in detention for five years.
held in escrow
▪ a property held in escrow
held in great affection (=loved and cared about a lot)
▪ The church was held in great affection by the local residents.
held in store
▪ As we left, I wondered what the future held in store.
held in trust
▪ The money your father left you will be held in trust until you are 21.
held incommunicado
▪ He is reportedly being held incommunicado at a military prison.
held sacred
▪ He had no respect for everything I held sacred.
held up to ridicule (=suffered ridicule)
▪ The government’s proposals were held up to ridicule by opposition ministers. conference
▪ The Green Party held a press conference the next day.
securely locked/fastened/attached/held etc
▪ All firearms should be kept securely locked in a cabinet.
strongly held/deeply held views (=strong views that someone is unwilling to change)
▪ He is known for his strongly held views on modern art.
strongly held/deeply held views (=strong views that someone is unwilling to change)
▪ He is known for his strongly held views on modern art.
be held over
▪ A record dated 1665 shows that at that time the archery contests were held over 4 days.
▪ A White House compilation of the events shows 70 coffees were held over 18 months.
▪ Accepting the logic of this situation the matter was held over for further review at a later Department Head meeting.
▪ I have recently returned from a Polaris orienteering competition, which was held over two days in Exmoor.
▪ More random checks are to be held over the next few weeks.
▪ One of the finest Brooklands races, the June 1914 Aeroplane Handicap, was held over a nine mile course.
▪ Or, given the complexities of the issue and the importance, the suit could be held over for a full-blown review.
▪ The dates are held over email, and women reveal their most intimate desires over the phones.
be stuck/held fast
▪ A character who is held fast can not move or fight, and is treated as prone.
▪ Balor was struggling and writhing, but his limbs were held fast and only his thick, shapeless body could move.
▪ Persephone sprang into her arms and was held fast there.
▪ She tried to pull her hand free, but it was held fast.
▪ She tried to struggle, but she was held fast.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Held \Held\, imp. & p. p. of Hold.


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.]

  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.

    The loops held one curtain to another.
    --Ex. xxxvi. 1

  2. Thy right hand shall hold me.
    --Ps. cxxxix. 10.

    They all hold swords, being expert in war.
    --Cant. iii. 8.

    In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.

    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.

    2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.

    We mean to hold what anciently we claim Of deity or empire.

  3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.

    This noble merchant held a noble house.

    Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.

    And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.

  4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

    We can not hold mortality's strong hand.

    Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.

    He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue.

  5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.

    Hold not thy peace, and be not still.
    --Ps. lxxxiii. 1.

    Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost, Shall hold their course.

  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.

    I would hold more talk with thee.

  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.

    Broken cisterns that can hold no water.
    --Jer. ii. 13.

    One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.

  8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.

    Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.
    --2 Thes. ii.15.

    But still he held his purpose to depart.

  9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.

    I hold him but a fool.

    I shall never hold that man my friend.

    The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
    --Ex. xx. 7.

  10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high. Let him hold his fingers thus. --Shak. To hold a wager, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift. To hold forth,

    1. v. offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put forward. ``The propositions which books hold forth and pretend to teach.''

    2. 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.] 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.

      1. To extend; to offer. ``Fortune holds out these to you as rewards.''
        --B. Jonson.

      2. To continue to do or to suffer; to endure. ``He can not long hold out these pangs.'' --Shak. To hold up.

        1. To raise; to lift; as, hold up your head.

        2. To support; to sustain. ``He holds himself up in virtue.''
          --Sir P. Sidney.

    3. To exhibit; to display; as, he was held up as an example.

    4. To rein in; to check; to halt; as, hold up your horses.

    5. to rob, usually at gunpoint; -- often with the demand to ``hold up'' the hands.

    6. To delay. To hold water.

      1. 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.]

      2. (Naut.) To hold the oars steady in the water, thus checking the headway of a boat.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English heold, past tense and p.p. of hold.


vb. (en-past of: hold)


See hold


adj. occupied or in the control of; often used in combination; "enemy-held territory"

  1. n. the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing" [syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip]

  2. understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices" [syn: appreciation, grasp]

  3. power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"

  4. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" [syn: delay, time lag, postponement, wait]

  5. a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" [syn: detention, custody]

  6. a stronghold

  7. a cell in a jail or prison [syn: keep]

  8. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip" [syn: handle, grip, handgrip]

  9. the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo [syn: cargo area, cargo deck, cargo hold, storage area]

  10. [also: held]

  1. v. organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: throw, have, make, give]

  2. keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes" [syn: keep, maintain]

  3. have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" [syn: take hold] [ant: let go of]

  4. to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom" [syn: restrain, confine]

  5. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" [syn: bear]

  6. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard" [syn: have, have got]

  7. keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible" [syn: deem, view as, take for]

  8. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: bear, carry, contain]

  9. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn: control, hold in, contain, check, curb, moderate]

  10. remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"

  11. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" [syn: harbor, harbour, entertain, nurse]

  12. assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"

  13. remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"

  14. secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree" [syn: retain, keep back, hold back]

  15. be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?" [syn: support, sustain, hold up]

  16. hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"

  17. keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"

  18. support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" [syn: carry, bear]

  19. have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people" [syn: accommodate, admit]

  20. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: contain, take]

  21. be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds" [syn: prevail, obtain]

  22. take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

  23. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" [syn: defend, guard]

  24. declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent" [syn: declare, adjudge]

  25. have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"

  26. cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses" [syn: halt, arrest]

  27. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise" [syn: oblige, bind, obligate]

  28. cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"

  29. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" [syn: carry]

  30. be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone" [syn: apply, go for]

  31. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's" [syn: reserve, book]

  32. resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: defy, withstand, hold up]

  33. keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"

  34. stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

  35. aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

  36. be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point" [syn: agree, concur, concord] [ant: disagree]

  37. [also: held]


Held may refer to:

Held (song)

"Held" is a song by Smog, released as his first single from his 1999 album Knock Knock. The original Drag City-release featured the second single " Cold Blooded Old Times" as a b-side.

"Held" is sometimes covered during concerts by American indie rock band Spoon. The song also appeared in the 60 and 30-seconds-versions of a commercial advertising the 2008 Cadillac Escalade.

Usage examples of "held".

In a quarter of an hour he was entering the house in the Rue du Helder.

The same day during the interview between Madame Danglars and the procureur, a travelling-carriage entered the Rue du Helder, passed through the gateway of No.

He wrote them to the Cafe Americain, to Bignon's, to Tortoni's, to the Maison Doree, to the Cafe Riche, to the Helder, to the Cafe Anglais, to the Napolitain, everywhere, everywhere.