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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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This old town of Salem -- my native place, though I have dwelt much away from it both in boyhood and maturer years -- possesses, or did possess, a hold on my affection, the force of which I have never realized during my seasons of actual residence here.
He seized it by the pommel, and endeavored to hold it firm, but in vain; and had just time to save himself by clasping old Gunpowder round the neck, when the saddle fell to the earth, and he heard it trampled under foot by his pursuer.
Each dances for several minutes--as long as he pleases; it is a very merry proceeding, with laughter and singing, and when the guest has finished, he finds himself face to face with Teta Elzbieta, who holds the hat.
The spirit of the occasion takes hold of the stately bartender, who condescends to a plate of stewed duck; even the fat policeman--whose duty it will be, later in the evening, to break up the fights--draws up a chair to the foot of the table.
Haley 's a puttin' us in a way of a good job, I reckon; just hold still--these yer arrangements is my forte.
The forehead declares, 'Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms.
Noel Vanstone; the pen he holds, if you will excuse the expression -- nothing more.
Yes, sir, if the weather holds and the wind sets tolerable fair.
Can I say she ever changed, when my remembrance brings her back to life, thus only; and, truer to its loving youth than I have been, or man ever is, still holds fast what it cherished then?
Meg stopped lecturing, and lighted the lamp, Amy got out of the easy chair without being asked, and Jo forgot how tired she was as she sat up to hold the slippers nearer to the blaze.
At times an almost over- whelming curiosity had taken hold of him.
to quarrel who should hold a heap of warm hair, and each begin to cry because both, after struggling to get it, refused to take it.