English definition of To hold

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to hold (something): to have, to keep (something) in one's hand usually temporarily
Please hold my hand, I'm scared.

This is an irregular verb:
I hold / I held / I have held
to hold a position: to occupy, to have a position or role
Bruno has held the position of CEO at the Delavigne Corp. for over 25 years.
to hold a conversation to have a conversation, to talk
to hold a meeting to have a meeting
Hold the phone! Stop! Wait a minute
hold the line Don't hang up, don't put down the telephone
(The competition is) being held (in Australia): (The competition) is happening, is taking place, is organized (in Australia)

Pronunciation examples
UK: I am too drunk to hold a conversation.
US: Please hold my hand, I'm scared.

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