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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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Our supporters may like to consider donations in lieu of flowers at funerals and memorial services as a way of inspiring those present with the causes held dear by the deceased person.
They resemble (in a cheerfully debased form that nevertheless remains true to the high original) a kind of perverse artist I've long held dear - the artist who doesn't merely represent a desire, pilgrimage, or inquiry but performs it, and thereby crosses the risky borderline between mimesis and praxis.
After nearly two millennia of venerating saints, holding on to snippets of their hair or pieces of their clothing, the Catholic imagination has developed a special sensitivity to the tug of sacred objects, particularly those objects made holy by the blood, sweat, and tears of those we've held dear. As early as the second century, Christians were honoring the memories of fallen martyrs by celebrating the Eucharist over their tombs.
These virtues, in turn, are held dear by New Democrat types as well as by New Paradigm Republicans.
Up to his last days he never stopped striving for the causes he held dear.
Her bright spirit will be held dear in our hearts forever.
The recent articles about the Vatican halting Liturgical abuses (June 2004), and Father John Mole's writing (March/April 2004) about the thinking of Cardinal Ratzinger have caused me to reflect once more on a thought I have long held dear.
I SHED tears for Sue's father and all the values he held dear, which are sadly disappearing.
When at their most vulnerable, they are forced to leave, they will be separated from all they have held dear - from friends and neighbours, perhaps even from a spouse or partner.