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Idioms for hold

Origin of hold

before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

synonym study for hold

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.


hold·a·ble, adjective

Definition for holds (2 of 2)

[ hohld ]
/ hoʊld /


  1. the entire cargo space in the hull of a vessel.
  2. the cargo space in the hull of a vessel between the lowermost deck and the bottom.
  3. any individual compartment of such cargo spaces, closed by bulkheads and having its own hatchway.
Aviation. the cargo compartment of an aircraft.

Origin of hold

1585–95; variant of hole; cognate with Dutch hol hole, hold
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British Dictionary definitions for holds (1 of 2)

/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)


Derived forms of hold

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten

British Dictionary definitions for holds (2 of 2)

/ (həʊld) /


the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Word Origin for hold

C16: variant of hole
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Idioms and Phrases with holds


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