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Hold
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Hold as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

26 November 2021
Last seen in: Evening Standard Easy Crossword

We found 86 answers for the crossword clue 'Hold', the most recent of which was seen in the Evening Standard Easy Crossword.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Hold a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Hold as an answer itself some 223 times.

Hold is a single word clue made up of 4 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Evening Standard Easy Crossword' on Friday, 26 November 2021 with the answer being CONTAIN, we also found CONTAIN to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

Before we get to our crossword answers for 'Hold', take a look at the definitions and example uses below, sometimes these help you think of different words or phrases that are common to 'Hold' and give you a hint.

  • The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
  • The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
  • The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  • A cell in a jail or prison
  • A stronghold
  • Understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  • Time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
  • Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"
  • Be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?"
  • Secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  • Take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"
  • Keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse"
  • Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
  • Resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
  • Assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good"
  • Declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
  • Aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
  • Drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
  • Cause to stop; "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
  • Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
  • Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"
  • Contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
  • Be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
  • Have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"
  • Have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise"
  • A state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"
  • Keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath"
  • Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"
  • Protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
  • To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
  • Support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
  • Organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
  • Have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade"
  • Stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
  • Be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"
  • Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
  • Power by which something or someone is affected or dominated; "he has a hold over them"
  • Remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas"
  • Hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
  • Be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point"
  • Have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him"
  • Cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
  • Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
  • Be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
  • Remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"

Crossword Answers

3 Letters

OWN
Have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"

4 Letters

AVER
To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"

BEAR
Massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws

BIND
Create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child"

BOOK
A compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone; "Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'"; "his name is in all the record books"

CURB
The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"

DEEM
Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"

DEFY
Resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

GIVE
Cause to happen or be responsible for; "His two singles gave the team the victory"

GRIP
The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

HALT
An interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement; "a halt in the arms race"; "a nuclear freeze"

HAVE
A person who possesses great material wealth

HOST
An animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

KEEP
A cell in a jail or prison

MAKE
The act of mixing cards haphazardly

PROP
A propeller that rotates to push against air

TAKE
Engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

WAIT
The act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something); "the wait was an ordeal for him"

5 Letters

ADMIT
Allow to enter; grant entry to; "We cannot admit non-members into our club building"; "This pipe admits air"

AGREE
Be agreeable or suitable; "White wine doesn't agree with me"

APPLY
Ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"

CARRY
The act of carrying something

CHECK
The act of inspecting or verifying; "they made a check of their equipment"; "the pilot ran through the check-out procedure"

CLASP
The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

CLING
Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

DELAY
Act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

GOFOR
Have a fancy or particular liking or desire for; "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"

GRASP
The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

GUARD
A position on a basketball team

NURSE
A woman who is the custodian of children

THROW
The act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base"

6 Letters

ALLEGE
Report or maintain; "He alleged that he was the victim of a crime"; "He said it was too late to intervene in the war"; "The registrar says that I owe the school money"

ANCHOR
A mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

ARREST
The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

ASSERT
Assert to be true; "The letter asserts a free society"

CLENCH
The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

CLUTCH
Hold firmly, usually with one's hands; "She clutched my arm when she got scared"

CONCUR
Happen simultaneously; "The two events coincided"

DEFEND
Argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"

DETAIN
Cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

HANDLE
The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

HARBOR
A place of refuge and comfort and security

HOLDIN
Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

HOLDUP
Cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

OBLIGE
Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

OBTAIN
Be valid, applicable, or true; "This theory still holds"

RETAIN
Secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"

VIEWAS
Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"

7 Letters

ADJUDGE
Declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"

BELIEVE
Accept as true; take to be true; "I believed his report"; "We didn't believe his stories from the War"; "She believes in spirits"

CONCORD
The first battle of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775)

CONFINE
Deprive of freedom; take into confinement

CONTAIN
Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

CONTROL
The activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

CUSTODY
(with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children"

DECLARE
Announce publicly or officially; "The President declared war"

EMBRACE
A close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"

HARBOUR
A place of refuge and comfort and security

HAVEGOT
Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

POSSESS
Have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"

PREVAIL
Prove superior; "The champion prevailed, though it was a hard fight"

RESERVE
Formality and propriety of manner

SUPPORT
Documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"

SUSTAIN
Provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"

TAKEFOR
Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible"

TIMELAG
Time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

8 Letters

CLUTCHES
The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"

HANDGRIP
The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

HOLDBACK
Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

KEEPBACK
Secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"

MAINTAIN
Support against an opponent; "The appellate court upheld the verdict"

MODERATE
A person who takes a position in the political center

OBLIGATE
Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise"

RESTRAIN
Keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

TAKEHOLD
Assume control

9 Letters

CARGOAREA
The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

CARGODECK
The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

CARGOHOLD
The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

DETENTION
A punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils"

ENTERTAIN
Take into consideration, have in view; "He entertained the notion of moving to South America"

WITHSTAND
Stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

10 Letters

DETAINMENT
A state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"

11 Letters

ACCOMMODATE
Provide with something desired or needed; "Can you accommodate me with a rental car?"

STORAGEAREA
The space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

12 Letters

APPRECIATION
An increase in price or value; "an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate"

POSTPONEMENT
Act of putting off to a future time

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