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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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Neighbours had to be evacuated as the blaze caught a curtain and took hold of the house.
Vinaud Nantulya, an infectuous disease specialist who helped advise Museveni, says Ugandans "really never took to condoms." The message that took hold was that young people, who are at higher risk of being infected, should not have sex until marriage and then remain faithful.
Gradually, the idea of inoculation took hold, but immunization against smallpox did not become generally accepted until the milder vaccination using cowpox virus was identified by Edward Jenner in the 1860s.
Midriver, Tanaka sent a symbolic cardboard "ark" down the current, and after twenty-five long, cold minutes, he emerged onto a small islet, took hold of a long flagpole, and waved a white flag in all directions.
Nonetheless, I think that Thayer's attempt in the concluding contribution to correlate how the sacrament of Penance was preached in the late Middle Ages with where the Reformation took hold and where it did not deserves special mention.
After California turned its clock back with Prop 209, voter-initiated bans took hold in at least four other stares.
But his diversification spree pushed the brand into leisure parks, sports clubs and singles beach parties just as the September 11 travel lull took hold.
'The driver got out and took hold of the boy who kicked him and ran off,' she said The car - a white saloon or hatchback - then drove off.
Everyone who tried to criticise was either put in jail or disappeared: an Idi Amin type of leadership took hold. It became nearly impossible to check them by words or argument, so the opposition groups had to take up arms.'
A 7[cent]/lb price increase on PET bottle resins took hold by the end of April, boosting market prices to 60-63[cent]/lb.
Flooding killed some three dozen people, as waters took hold of areas in El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Unfortunately, like many other neighborhoods in this city and in our nation trying to return from poverty, another scourge took hold, one so insidious that we were unable to even comprehend its power of devastation - a devastation so complete and absolute that we began to personalize it as an enemy by using the word "war" to describe our response.