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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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Mr Jones told AMs the defences repaired after last February's downpour held fast, but the swollen river breached and overtopped barriers elsewhere.
Rusticus said: "What system of teaching do you profess?" Justin said: "I have tried to learn about every system, but I have accepted the true doctrines of the Christians, though these are not approved by those who are held fast by error."
With a sticky trap, insects are held fast. This means that there is no danger of insects being ejected or blown out of the unit, allowing a siting closer to sensitive areas.
"Our elemental humanity, our compassion and our fortitude held fast," Whitehead said.
Timothy returned with the miraculous report that the Thessalonians held fast to the faith.
In response, Bush held fast to his position that "economic growth will only come about in Cuba when it embraces democracy."