General English

  • noun the bottom part of a ship or an aircraft, in which goods or luggage are stored
  • noun the act of keeping something tightly in your hand
  • verb to keep something or someone tight, especially in your hand
  • verb to be large enough to contain a certain quantity of things or people
  • verb to make an event happen


  • verb to make something happen
  • verb not to sell


  • verb to conceive after artificial insemination



  • verb to have a certain job or status


  • noun synchronisation timing pulse for a television time base signal
  • verb to retain or keep a value or communications line or section of memory


  • To keep from moving or progressing without stopping operation. Also, to maintain at a given value. For example, to maintain a field at a specified intensity.
  • To retain information in a storage device. For instance, to hold data in a computer's RAM.
  • To interrupt a phone call without disconnecting it. For example, to put a call on hold.
  • In a charge storage tube, the use of electron bombardment to maintain storage elements at equilibrium potentials.


Media Studies

  • noun copy which is prepared and set aside for later publication (e.g., an obituary of a person in the public eye).


  • noun a storage area in an aircraft or ship
  • verb to prevent the enemy from capturing

Origin & History of “hold”

Hold ‘grasp, clasp’ (OE) and hold ‘cargo store’ (16th c.) are not the same word. The verb goes back to a prehistoric Germanic source which meant ‘watch, guard’. this ancestral sense is preserved in the derivative behold (OE), but the simple verb hold, together with its relatives German halten (source of English halt), Dutch houden, Swedish hålla, and Danish holde, has moved on via ‘keep’ to ‘have in the hands’. The cargo hold, on the other hand, is simply an alteration (influenced by the verb hold) of an earlier hole or holl – which was either the English word hole or a borrowing of its Dutch relative hol.