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TO HOLD. These words are now used in a deed to express by what tenure the grantee is to have the land. The clause which commences with these words is called the tenendum. Vide Habendum; Tenendum.
     2. To hold, also means to decide, to adjudge, to decree; as, the court in that case held that the husband was not liable for the contract of the wife, made without his express or implied authority.
     3. It also signifies to bind under a contract, as the obligor is held and firmly bound. In the constitution of the United States, it is provided, that no person held to service or labor in one state under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on the claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due. Art. 4, sec. 3, Sec. 3; 2 Serg. & R. 306; 3 Id. 4; 5 Id. 52; 1 Wash. C. C. R. 500; 2 Pick. 11; 16 Pet. 539, 674.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"A 32-year-old man was held against his will and was found in Burlington Road.
Requiring that "dollar-for-dollar" risk-based capital be held against residual interests from securitization activities or other transfers of financial assets that are retained on the balance sheet, even if the amount exceeds the full capital charge typically held against the assets transferred.
"Experience: Professionally watered 22,500 office plants"; "I have never had a single blemish held against me, and my IQ is off the charts"; "I'm submitting my resume to spite [sic] my lack of C++ and HTML experience." Then there was an imposing set of demands: "I'll need $30K to start, full medical, three weeks of vacation, stock options and ideally a European sedan."
The taxpayer petitioned the Tax Court, which held against her.
At the Bienal, in the superb section devoted to work by contemporary Brazilian artists, Cinto presented a simply framed photograph of a thin, pale forearm held against a pale flesh-colored background.
When held against the two published collections of very informative critical essays on August Wilson edited by Marilyn Elkins (August Wilson: A Casebook [Garlan, 1994]) and Alan Nadel (May All Your Fences Have Gates [Iowa UP, 1994]) and when compared to the four single studies on the playwright to date-- Peter Wolfe's August Wilson (Twayne, 1999), Joan Herrington's "I Ain't Sorry for Nothin' I Done": August Wilson's Process of Playwrighting (Procenium, 1998).
When this grim story emerged in early September, dancers were willing enough to talk about it, but only anonymously, because they were fearful that if something by some wild chance did work out, it would be held against them that they had told the outside world of their ordeal.
It also emerges that voting will be held against the no-trust motion against Sanjrani first and later the senators will vote for the deputy chairman of the Upper House in the upcoming session.
Following that, he said, a press conference was held against him.
The SP Saddar directed police officials to behave politely with the complainants adding that strict action would be held against those found negligent in performing their duties.
The discussion was held against the backdrop of a campaign which ran from Nov 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to Dec 10 the Human Rights Day.
ISLAMABAD -- Massive protests were held against the worst human rights violations of minorities in India and occupied Jammu and Kashmir by Narendra Modi led Indian government, on the occasion of the World Hindu Foundation's second World Hindu Congress (WHC) meeting in Chicago, this week.