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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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Seizing the opening, Blair worked with his officemate Gordon Brown, another newly elected MP, and later with party, communications guru Peter Mandelson, to chart a new course--one built on the values of community and interdependence that Blair holds dear, as well as on the middle-class sensibilities that come naturally to him.
It should be a subject for open and honest debate, something that the Sunday Mirror holds dear.
Our hero eventually discovers that he can't have fame and fortune without disrupting the equilibrium of all he holds dear, which is when Pecker spins into the Rodney King-ish, "Can't we all just get along" yearning that underscored Waters's musicals Hairspray and Cry-Baby.
Picking one best way means leaving out all the others, some of which express convictions that at least some of the school-going (and taxpaying) public holds dear. The most easily debunked myth of technocracy is that it simply applies disinterested expertise to public questions.
With little help from the crew, she delves into a world that could cost her everything she holds dear. Unable to trust anyone and with obstacles placed at every turn, she must uncover the truth that will ultimately expose the darker, seedier side of life on a cruise ship and put her own family at risk.
"The British Pride cushion stands for all the things my Trust holds dear: pride, enjoyment, a bright future and inspiration," says Dame Vera (left, with Mark).