holds[ hohld ]SEE DEFINITION OF holds
Synonyms for holds
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOLDS
I am the unworthy servant and delegate of him who holds the keys.
This also holds true in the case of puddings that are to be steamed.
Such reckoning, of course, only holds good of thrifty, homely France.
The Pastor is to be honored for the sake of the office which he holds.
Above the horizon is a goddess who holds in her left hand an ear of corn.
Mr. Ropes holds it "almost certain" that the order was given.
She holds the key to this old tale which the great scroll perpetuates.
They shall pay for their victory, with a life for every hair it holds.
It is enough that it holds out to me the only hope that we shall meet again.
She only holds him by a thread; and if you draw it too tight (I know his temper) it'll snap.
Old English haldan (Anglian), healdan (West Saxon), "to contain, grasp; retain; foster, cherish," class VII strong verb (past tense heold, past participle healden), from Proto-Germanic *haldanan (cf. Old Saxon haldan, Old Frisian halda, Old Norse halda, Dutch houden, German halten "to hold," Gothic haldan "to tend"), originally "to keep, tend, watch over" (as cattle), later "to have." Ancestral sense is preserved in behold. The original past participle holden was replaced by held beginning 16c., but survives in some legal jargon and in beholden.
Hold back is 1530s, transitive; 1570s, intransitive; hold off is early 15c., transitive; c.1600, intransitive; hold out is 1520s as "to stretch forth," 1580s as "to resist pressure." Hold on is early 13c. as "to maintain one’s course," 1830 as "to keep one’s grip on something," 1846 as an order to wait or stop. To hold (one's) tongue "be silent" is from c.1300. To hold (one's) own is from early 14c. To hold (someone's) hand "give moral support" is from 1935. Phrase hold your horses "be patient" is from 1844. To have and to hold have been paired alliteratively since at least c.1200, originally of marriage but also of real estate.