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hold

(Decide), verb abjudge, abjudicate, ascertain, come to a conclusion, conclude, decide legally, decree, find, fix, judge, make a decision, pass judgment, propound, resolve, rule, settle

hold

(Possess), verb assume authority, assume command, be accorded, be heir to, be in possession of, be masser of, be offered, be possessed of, be proffered, be vouchhafed, bear the responsibility of, care for, cling to, collect, command, conserve, control, devolve upon, direct, exercise direction over, fill a post, gather, get control, get possession of, grasp, habere, have, have a firm grip on, have a title to, have absolute disposal of, have as property, have by inheritance, have by tenure, have claim upon, have in hand, have in one's possession, have inherited, have rights to, have the care of, have the charge of, have the direction of, have title to, have under control, hold fast, hold in one's grasp, impropriate, inherit, keep, keep as one's own, keep for, keep in hand, keep in readiness, keep in reserve, keep on, keep prepared, lay aside, lay away, not dispose of, not part with, occupy, own, possidere, preserve, receive, retain, save, secure, set apart, set aside, take authorrty, take command, take over, tenere, wield restraint over
Associated concepts: adverse holding, hold in due course, hostile holding
See also: accommodate, adjudge, advantage, apprehend, arrest, chamber, claim, comprise, conclude, confine, conserve, consist, constrain, contain, contend, decide, deem, delay, depository, desist, detain, determine, dominance, dominion, embrace, encompass, engross, find, grapple, halt, handcuff, immerse, immure, imprison, include, influence, judge, keep, lock, maintain, moratorium, obtain, occupy, opine, own, possess, power, primacy, remain, reserve, restrain, retain, retention, rule, save, seisin, sentence, shelter, stay, stop, store, suspect, think, withhold

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.

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Her dark eyes searched the dimly-lighted room timidly, and she held fast by the nurse's arm with the air of a woman whose nerves had been severely shaken by some recent alarm.
You are a very free and happy being; we others are chained by the leg and held fast to our desk.
The seeing sense -- held fast in the fetters of its own terror -- looked unchangeably straightforward, as it had looked from the first.
Cobb's attention never proceeded so far as nose, forehead, or chin, being caught on the way and held fast by the eyes.
My daughter, of course, privately held fast to what she had said all along.
Thus I, that was once in the devil's clutches, was held fast there as with a charm, and had no power to go without the circle, till I was engulfed in labyrinths of trouble too great to get out at all.
All this time Benjamin sat, with his muscles fixed, his mouth shut, and his hands clinching the rushes which he had seized in the confusion of the moment and which, as he held fast, like a true seaman, had been the means of preventing his body from rising again to the surface.