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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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We have to stand up for what we believe and stop allowing what we hold dear to be managed out of us.
Still, we need to find our way even without a clear game plan, facing what feels to be daily bruising news of layoffs and cutbacks of the work we hold dear.
The Russian word zhivago means life and Yuri Zhivago, the poet, the doctor, the man had a profound awareness of all those things which we hold dear.
There is ego and self-interest at work here but if he gets the issue of the erosion of the rights we all hold dear on to the front pages then I'm all for it.
But campaign group Republic said, "The suggestion an allegiance to the Queen will strengthen national identity is offensive to those of us who believe democracy and equality are the values we as a nation should hold dear."
The response was very encouraging, showing that some of your readers are not prepared to see the values we hold dear so abused and are prepared to stand up and say so.
"It was a very natural decision for us to join with another very successful, highly regarded company with the same values, the same care and concern for their customers, and the same quality and service standards we hold dear," said Frank Brownell, Brownells president.
As a sign of respect for that person, out of respect for your bond as Natives and also to maintain the community ties we all hold dear.
These guys were around the LA punk scene that they hold dear but at the same time Dave helped birth the brand of doom metal only St.Vitus can deliver.
But if they want to protect the values they hold dear, and the country they love, they're going to have to start fighting the good fight.
The American society we hold dear and all of the values it embodies are too precious to cede to the Religious Right.