hold [-ing, -s, held] v

OE haldan < Germanic.

  1. Retain; contain; prevent; restrain; confine within.
  2. Bear in the hand; maintain in one's grasp.
  3. Bind; stay; stick; connect; adhere; keep from separation; [fig.] legally binding.
  4. Think; regard; consider; believe; maintain an opinion.
  5. Contain; amount that can be borne.
  6. Own; retain; maintain.
  7. Mold; shape.
  8. Phrase. “hold up”: sustain; support.