to hold one's own


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Hold \Hold\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Held; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Holding. Holden, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing,
   though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden,
   OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth.
   haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf.
   Avast, Halt, Hod.]
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   1. To cause to remain in a given situation, position, or
      relation, within certain limits, or the like; to prevent
      from falling or escaping; to sustain; to restrain; to keep
      in the grasp; to retain.
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            The loops held one curtain to another. --Ex. xxxvi.
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            Thy right hand shall hold me.         --Ps. cxxxix.
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            They all hold swords, being expert in war. --Cant.
                                                  iii. 8.
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            In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.
                                                  --Spenser.
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            France, thou mayst hold a serpent by the tongue, . .
            .
            A fasting tiger safer by the tooth,
            Than keep in peace that hand which thou dost hold.
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or
      authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to
      defend.
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            We mean to hold what anciently we claim
            Of deity or empire.                   --Milton.
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   3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to
      derive title to; as, to hold office.
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            This noble merchant held a noble house. --Chaucer.
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            Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.
                                                  --Knolles.
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            And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to
      bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
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            We can not hold mortality's strong hand. --Shak.
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            Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.  --Grashaw.
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            He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to
            hold his tongue.                      --Macaulay.
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   5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute,
      as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to
      sustain.
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            Hold not thy peace, and be not still. --Ps. lxxxiii.
                                                  1.
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            Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,
            Shall hold their course.              --Milton.
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   6. To prosecute, have, take, or join in, as something which
      is the result of united action; as to, hold a meeting, a
      festival, a session, etc.; hence, to direct and bring
      about officially; to conduct or preside at; as, the
      general held a council of war; a judge holds a court; a
      clergyman holds a service.
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            I would hold more talk with thee.     --Shak.
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   7. To receive and retain; to contain as a vessel; as, this
      pail holds milk; hence, to be able to receive and retain;
      to have capacity or containing power for.
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            Broken cisterns that can hold no water. --Jer. ii.
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            One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.
                                                  --Shak.
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   8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or
      privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to
      sustain.
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            Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have
            been taught.                          --2 Thes.
                                                  ii.15.
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            But still he held his purpose to depart. --Dryden.
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   9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think;
      to judge.
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            I hold him but a fool.                --Shak.
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            I shall never hold that man my friend. --Shak.
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            The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his
            name in vain.                         --Ex. xx. 7.
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   10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he
       holds his head high.
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             Let him hold his fingers thus.       --Shak.
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   To hold a wager, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift.

   To hold forth,
       (a) v. t.to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put
           forward. "The propositions which books hold forth and
           pretend to teach." --Locke.
       (b) v. i. To talk at length; to harangue.

   To held in, to restrain; to curd.

   To hold in hand, to toy with; to keep in expectation; to
      have in one's power. [Obs.]
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            O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods,
            And hold a lady in hand.              --Beaw. & Fl.

   To hold in play, to keep under control; to dally with.
      --Macaulay.

   To hold off, to keep at a distance.

   To hold on, to hold in being, continuance or position; as,
      to hold a rider on.

   To hold one's day, to keep one's appointment. [Obs.]
      --Chaucer.

   To hold one's own. To keep good one's present condition
      absolutely or relatively; not to fall off, or to lose
      ground; as, a ship holds her own when she does not lose
      ground in a race or chase; a man holds his own when he
      does not lose strength or weight.

   To hold one's peace, to keep silence.

   To hold out.
       (a) To extend; to offer. "Fortune holds out these to you
           as rewards." --B. Jonson.
       (b) To continue to do or to suffer; to endure. "He can
           not long hold out these pangs." --Shak.

   To hold up.
       (a) To raise; to lift; as, hold up your head.
       (b) To support; to sustain. "He holds himself up in
           virtue."--Sir P. Sidney.
       (c) To exhibit; to display; as, he was held up as an
           example.
       (d) To rein in; to check; to halt; as, hold up your
           horses.
       (e) to rob, usually at gunpoint; -- often with the demand
           to "hold up" the hands.
       (f) To delay.

   To hold water.
       (a) Literally, to retain water without leaking; hence
           (Fig.), to be whole, sound, consistent, without gaps
           or holes; -- commonly used in a negative sense; as,
           his statements will not hold water. [Colloq.]
       (b) (Naut.) To hold the oars steady in the water, thus
           checking the headway of a boat.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Own \Own\, a. [OE. owen, awen, auen, aughen, AS. [=a]gen, p. p.
   of [=a]gan to possess; akin to OS. [=e]gan, G. & D. eigen,
   Icel. eiginn, Sw. & Dan. egen. [root]110. See Owe.]
   Belonging to; belonging exclusively or especially to;
   peculiar; -- most frequently following a possessive pronoun,
   as my, our, thy, your, his, her, its, their, in order to
   emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar
   interest, or exclusive ownership; as, my own father; my own
   composition; my own idea; at my own price. "No man was his
   own [i. e., no man was master of himself, or in possession of
   his senses]." --Shak.
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   To hold one's own, to keep or maintain one's possessions;
      to yield nothing; esp., to suffer no loss or disadvantage
      in a contest. --Shak.
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