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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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Stepanek consolidated his advantage, taking a 5-3 lead before holding serve to level the contest.
Murray was unstoppable now and after holding serve he sealed victory with a forehand winner.
The gusting wind made conditions difficult but Rusedski got off to a good start, holding serve in the first game and racing to 0-40 on Rochus' serve.
"Right now, I'm just coaching a lot and am fortunate to be able to get out and play these tournaments on the weekends," said Jessup, who lost a great first set after holding serve for a 6-6 tie.
's biggest weapon is his serve and we couldn't afford for him to keep holding serve," he said.
The German bravely saved them, however, and suddenly found her form, breaking Bartoli to trail 3-5 and holding serve comfortably to raise hopes of an unlikely comeback.
Murray served for the match but surrendered a break instead, Ferrer pulling level and then holding serve for a 6-5 advantage, both games decided when the Briton netted a forehand.