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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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Malisse was looking comfortable, and both players held serve for the first nine games.
Djokovic held serve to stay in the match, but his joy was short-lived as Murray found himself with two match points in the 12th and sealed a place in the final thanks to a weak shot into the net from Djokovic.
The 29-year-old from Texas then dug in and held serve to get himself on the scoreboard, but Murray hit back immediately with a hold to love to put himself on the brink of victory.
The world No.1 extended his lead to 4-1 when Monfils netted a backhand to be broken and Nadal then held serve to take the first set.
Anastasia held serve and Sania then put on her best display of the match, holding serve in a catand- mouse game that featured multiple deuces.
The No.9 seed then held serve to go 6-5 up, at which point Chardy lost the match on a double fault.
But again Roddick held serve and the Frenchman's resolve seemed to crumble as he made a host of mistakes to gift Roddick the set.
The Swiss player broke Hanescu twice in the first set and held serve despite landing only 40 percent of his first serves and double-faulting twice.
Venus Williams was off to a blistering start when she broke the Chinese player in the first and third games and held serve effortlessly to reach 4-0 and take the first set.
The pattern continued as Murray took the sixth game on Blake's serve with a second break to go to 3-3 and it quickly became 4-3 as he held serve.
Del Potro broke back instantly, and then held serve.
It gave the 22-year-old Briton a 2-1 lead but Blake, who has an English mother from Banbury, and has always received strong support at Queen's and Wimbledon, hit back immediately and then held serve to take a 3-2 lead.