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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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At the bar, Walton was held down by security workers and then arrested without incident, police said.
Expenditures on services advanced further through March (latest available data) even though unseasonably mild weather held down outlays for heating.
* Parts need to be 8 inch by 8 inch or larger to be held down. Thus it is better for panel processing than machining solid wood.
Children with cancer often undergo more than 300 needle-sticks in the course of treatment, and up to a third must be held down by parents during the procedures, says Paul B.
Police say a would-be burglar picked the wrong place Sunday morning when he was confronted by a female resident and her friend at an apartment complex and held down until officers arrived.
Price inflation has been subdued, held down in part by declines in energy prices, smaller increases in food prices, and lower prices for non-oil imports that have followed in the wake of the appreciation of the dollar.
If the key is held down and then wriggled--up, down, left or right--the cursor moves accordingly.
Overall industrial production was held down by a strike at a major aircraft manufacturer, which sharply curtailed the output of business equipment.
The output of business supplies, held down by a partial retreat in sales of commercial electricity, was little changed.
Borrowing by households was robust enough to raise the ratio of debt to disposable income; business debt, held down in part by equity issuance, declined relative to income.
Profits were held down by a partial rollback of recent progress in reducing non-interest expenses (a rollback due in part to onetime restructuring charges) and also by an increased level of provisioning against loan losses.
The federal government's borrowing requirements were held down by reduced activity by the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and by contributions from foreign countries to cover the costs of Operation Desert Storm.