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Bear vs. Hold

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Bearnoun

A large omnivorous mammal, related to the dog and raccoon, having shaggy hair, a very small tail, and flat feet; a member of family Ursidae.

Holdverb

(transitive) To grasp or grip.

‘Hold the pencil like this.’;

Bearnoun

(figuratively) A rough, unmannerly, uncouth person.

Holdverb

(transitive) To contain or store.

‘This package holds six bottles.’;

Bearnoun

(finance) An investor who sells commodities, securities, or futures in anticipation of a fall in prices.

Holdverb

(heading) To maintain or keep to a position or state.

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Bearnoun

A state policeman short for smokey bear.

Holdverb

(transitive) To have and keep possession of something.

‘Hold my coat for me.’; ‘The general ordered the colonel to hold his position at all costs.’;

Bearnoun

(slang) A large, hairy man, especially one who is homosexual.

Holdverb

(transitive) To reserve.

‘Hold a table for us at 7:00.’;

Bearnoun

(engineering) A portable punching machine.

Holdverb

(transitive) To cause to wait or delay.

‘Hold the elevator.’;

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Bearnoun

(nautical) A block covered with coarse matting, used to scour the deck.

Holdverb

(transitive) To detain.

‘Hold the suspect in this cell.’;

Bearnoun

(cartomancy) The fifteenth Lenormand card.

Holdverb

(intransitive) To be or remain valid; to apply (usually in the third person).

‘to hold true;’; ‘The proposition holds.’;

Bearnoun

(colloquial) Something difficult or tiresome; a burden or chore.

‘That window can be a bear to open.’;

Holdverb

To keep oneself in a particular state.

‘to hold firm;’; ‘to hold opinions’;

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Bearverb

To endeavour to depress the price of, or prices in.

‘to bear a railroad stock’; ‘to bear the market’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

Bearverb

(transitive) To support or sustain; to hold up.

‘This stone bears most of the weight.’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To bear, carry, or manage.

‘He holds himself proudly erect.’; ‘Hold your head high.’;

Bearverb

(transitive) To carry something.

Holdverb

Not to move; to halt; to stop.

Bearverb

(transitive) To be equipped with (something).

‘the right to bear arms’;

Holdverb

(intransitive) Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.

Bearverb

(transitive) To wear or display.

‘The shield bore a red cross.’;

Holdverb

To remain continent; to control an excretory bodily function.

‘to hold one's bladder;’; ‘to hold one's breath’;

Bearverb

To declare as testimony.

‘The jury could see he was bearing false witness.’;

Holdverb

(heading) To maintain or keep to particular opinions, promises, actions.

Bearverb

(ambitransitive) To put up with something.

‘I would never move to Texas—I can't bear heat.’; ‘Please bear with me as I try to find the book you need.’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To maintain, to consider, to opine.

Bearverb

(transitive) To give birth to someone or something may take the father of the direct object as an indirect object.

‘In Troy she becomes Paris’ wife, bearing him several children, all of whom die in infancy.’;

Holdverb

(transitive) To bind (someone) to a consequence of his or her actions.

‘He was held responsible for the actions of those under his command.’; ‘I'll hold him to that promise.’;

Bearverb

(ambitransitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.

Holdverb

To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.

Bearverb

(intransitive) To be, or head, in a specific direction or azimuth (from somewhere).

‘The harbour bears north by northeast.’; ‘By my readings, we're bearing due south, so we should turn about ten degrees east.’; ‘Great Falls bears north of Bozeman.’; ‘We are bearing toward the north side of the island.’;

Holdverb

To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.

Bearverb

(intransitive) To veer slightly in one direction (left or right, usually at a fork in the road)

Holdverb

(archaic) To restrain oneself; to refrain; to hold back.

Bearverb

(intransitive) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.

Holdverb

To win one's own service game.

Bearverb

(intransitive) To endure with patience; to be patient.

Holdverb

To take place, to occur.

Bearverb

To press.

Holdverb

To organise an event or meeting (usually in passive voice).

‘Elections will be held on the first Sunday of next month.’;

Bearverb

Of a weapon, to be aimed at an enemy or other target.

Holdverb

(archaic) To derive right or title.

Bearverb

To take effect; to have influence or force; to be relevant.

‘to bring arguments to bear’; ‘How does this bear on the question?’;

Holdnoun

A grasp or grip.

‘Keep a firm hold on the handlebars.’;

Bearverb

(transitive) To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.

Holdnoun

A place where animals are held for safety

Bearverb

To conduct; to bring (a person).

Holdnoun

An order that something is to be reserved or delayed, limiting or preventing how it can be dealt with.

‘Senator X placed a hold on the bill, then went to the library and placed a hold on a book.’;

Bearverb

(transitive) To possess and use (power, etc.); to exercise.

Holdnoun

Something reserved or kept.

‘We have a hold here for you.’;

Bearverb

(transitive) To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbour.

Holdnoun

Power over someone or something.

Bearverb

To gain or win.

Holdnoun

The ability to persist.

Bearverb

(transitive) To sustain, or be answerable for (blame, expense, responsibility, etc.).

Holdnoun

The property of maintaining the shape of styled hair.

Bearverb

(transitive) To carry on, or maintain; to have.

Holdnoun

(wrestling) A position or grip used to control the opponent.

‘He got him in a tight hold and pinned him to the mat.’;

Bearverb

(transitive) To admit or be capable of (a meaning); to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.

Holdnoun

(exercise) An exercise involving holding a position for a set time

Bearverb

To behave or conduct (oneself).

Holdnoun

(gambling) The percentage the house wins on a gamble, the house or bookmaker's hold.

‘The House Hold on the game is 10,000, this is the amount of decision or risk the house wishes to assume.’;

Bearverb

(transitive) To afford; to be (something) to; to supply with.

Holdnoun

(gambling) The wager amount, the total hold.

‘As of Monday night the total Melbourne Cup hold was $848,015’;

Bearadjective

Characterized by declining prices in securities markets or by belief that the prices will fall.

‘The great bear market starting in 1929 scared a whole generation of investors.’;

Holdnoun

(tennis) An instance of holding one's service game, as opposed to being broken.

Bearverb

To support or sustain; to hold up.

Holdnoun

The part of an object one is intended to grasp, or anything one can use for grasping with hands or feet.

Bearverb

To support and remove or carry; to convey.

‘I 'll bear your logs the while.’;

Holdnoun

A fruit machine feature allowing one or more of the reels to remain fixed while the others spin.

Bearverb

To conduct; to bring; - said of persons.

‘Bear them to my house.’;

Holdnoun

A pause facility.

Bearverb

To possess and use, as power; to exercise.

‘Every man should bear rule in his own house.’;

Holdnoun

The queueing system on telephones and similar communication systems which maintains a connection when all lines are busy.

Bearverb

To sustain; to have on (written or inscribed, or as a mark), as, the tablet bears this inscription.

Holdnoun

(baseball) A statistic awarded to a relief pitcher who is not still pitching at the end of the game and who records at least one out and maintains a lead for his team.

Bearverb

To possess or carry, as a mark of authority or distinction; to wear; as, to bear a sword, badge, or name.

Holdnoun

The cargo area of a ship or aircraft, (often cargo hold).

‘Put that in the hold.’;

Bearverb

To possess mentally; to carry or hold in the mind; to entertain; to harbor

‘The ancient grudge I bear him.’;

Holdadjective

(obsolete) Gracious; friendly; faithful; true.

Bearverb

To endure; to tolerate; to undergo; to suffer.

‘Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.’; ‘I cannot bearThe murmur of this lake to hear.’; ‘My punishment is greater than I can bear.’;

Holdnoun

The whole interior portion of a vessel below the lower deck, in which the cargo is stowed.

Bearverb

To gain or win.

‘Some think to bear it by speaking a great word.’; ‘She was . . . found not guilty, through bearing of friends and bribing of the judge.’;

Holdnoun

The act of holding, as in or with the hands or arms; the manner of holding, whether firm or loose; seizure; grasp; clasp; grip; possession; - often used with the verbs take and lay.

‘Ne have I not twelve pence within mine hold.’; ‘Thou should'st lay hold upon him.’; ‘My soul took hold on thee.’; ‘Take fast hold of instruction.’;

Bearverb

To sustain, or be answerable for, as blame, expense, responsibility, etc.

‘He shall bear their iniquities.’; ‘Somewhat that will bear your charges.’;

Holdnoun

The authority or ground to take or keep; claim.

‘The law hath yet another hold on you.’;

Bearverb

To render or give; to bring forward.

Holdnoun

Binding power and influence.

‘Fear . . . by which God and his laws take the surest hold of.’;

Bearverb

To carry on, or maintain; to have.

Holdnoun

Something that may be grasped; means of support.

‘If a man be upon an high place without rails or good hold, he is ready to fall.’;

Bearverb

To admit or be capable of; that is, to suffer or sustain without violence, injury, or change.

‘In all criminal cases the most favorable interpretation should be put on words that they can possibly bear.’;

Holdnoun

A place of confinement; a prison; confinement; custody; guard.

‘They . . . put them in hold unto the next day.’; ‘King Richard, he is in the mighty holdOf Bolingbroke.’;

Bearverb

To manage, wield, or direct.

‘Hath he borne himself penitently in prison?’;

Holdnoun

A place of security; a fortified place; a fort; a castle; - often called a stronghold.

‘New comers in an ancient hold’;

Bearverb

To afford; to be to; to supply with.

‘His faithful dog shall bear him company.’;

Holdnoun

A character [thus ] placed over or under a note or rest, and indicating that it is to be prolonged; - called also pause, and corona.

Bearverb

To bring forth or produce; to yield; as, to bear apples; to bear children; to bear interest.

‘Here dwelt the man divine whom Samos bore.’;

Holdverb

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.

‘The loops held one curtain to another.’; ‘Thy right hand shall hold me.’; ‘They all hold swords, being expert in war.’; ‘In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.’; ‘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.’;

Bearverb

To produce, as fruit; to be fruitful, in opposition to barrenness.

‘This age to blossom, and the next to bear.’;

Holdverb

To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to defend.

‘We mean to hold what anciently we claimOf deity or empire.’;

Bearverb

To suffer, as in carrying a burden.

‘But man is born to bear.’;

Holdverb

To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to derive title to; as, to hold office.

‘This noble merchant held a noble house.’; ‘Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.’; ‘And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.’;

Bearverb

To endure with patience; to be patient.

‘I can not, can not bear.’;

Holdverb

To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.

‘We can not hold mortality's strong hand.’; ‘Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.’; ‘He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to hold his tongue.’;

Bearverb

To press; - with on or upon, or against.

‘These men bear hard on the suspected party.’;

Holdverb

To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute, as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to sustain.

‘Hold not thy peace, and be not still.’; ‘Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,Shall hold their course.’;

Bearverb

To take effect; to have influence or force; as, to bring matters to bear.

Holdverb

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.

‘I would hold more talk with thee.’;

Bearverb

To relate or refer; - with on or upon; as, how does this bear on the question?

Holdverb

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.

‘Broken cisterns that can hold no water.’; ‘One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.’;

Bearverb

To have a certain meaning, intent, or effect.

‘Her sentence bore that she should stand a certain time upon the platform.’;

Holdverb

To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to sustain.

‘Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught.’; ‘But still he held his purpose to depart.’;

Bearverb

To be situated, as to the point of compass, with respect to something else; as, the land bears N. by E.

Holdverb

To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think; to judge.

‘I hold him but a fool.’; ‘I shall never hold that man my friend.’; ‘The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’;

Bearverb

To endeavor to depress the price of, or prices in; as, to bear a railroad stock; to bear the market.

Holdverb

To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he holds his head high.

‘Let him hold his fingers thus.’; ‘O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods,And hold a lady in hand.’;

Bearnoun

A bier.

Holdverb

In general, to keep one's self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence:

Bearnoun

Any species of the genus Ursus, and of the closely allied genera. Bears are plantigrade Carnivora, but they live largely on fruit and insects.

Holdverb

Not to move; to halt; to stop; - mostly in the imperative.

‘And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"’;

Bearnoun

An animal which has some resemblance to a bear in form or habits, but no real affinity; as, the woolly bear; ant bear; water bear; sea bear.

Holdverb

Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to remain unbroken or unsubdued.

‘Our force by land hath nobly held.’;

Bearnoun

One of two constellations in the northern hemisphere, called respectively the Great Bear and the Lesser Bear, or Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

Holdverb

Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.

‘While our obedience holds.’; ‘The rule holds in land as all other commodities.’;

Bearnoun

Metaphorically: A brutal, coarse, or morose person.

Holdverb

Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain attached; to cleave; - often with with, to, or for.

‘He will hold to the one and despise the other.’;

Bearnoun

A person who sells stocks or securities for future delivery in expectation of a fall in the market.

Holdverb

To restrain one's self; to refrain.

‘His dauntless heart would fain have heldFrom weeping, but his eyes rebelled.’;

Bearnoun

A portable punching machine.

Holdverb

To derive right or title; - generally with of.

‘My crown is absolute, and holds of none.’; ‘His imagination holds immediately from nature.’;

Bearnoun

A block covered with coarse matting; - used to scour the deck.

Holdnoun

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’;

Bearnoun

Barley; the six-rowed barley or the four-rowed barley, commonly the former (Hordeum hexastichon or Hordeum vulgare).

Holdnoun

understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something;

‘he has a good grasp of accounting practices’;

Bearnoun

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

Holdnoun

power by which something or someone is affected or dominated;

‘he has a hold over them’;

Bearnoun

an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price

Holdnoun

time during which some action is awaited;

‘instant replay caused too long a delay’; ‘he ordered a hold in the action’;

Bearverb

have;

‘bear a resemblance’; ‘bear a signature’;

Holdnoun

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’;

Bearverb

give birth (to a newborn);

‘My wife had twins yesterday!’;

Holdnoun

a stronghold

Bearverb

put up with something or somebody unpleasant;

‘I cannot bear his constant criticism’; ‘The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks’; ‘he learned to tolerate the heat’; ‘She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage’;

Holdnoun

a cell in a jail or prison

Bearverb

move while holding up or supporting;

‘Bear gifts’; ‘bear a heavy load’; ‘bear news’; ‘bearing orders’;

Holdnoun

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’;

Bearverb

bring forth,

‘The apple tree bore delicious apples this year’; ‘The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers’;

Holdnoun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Bearverb

take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person;

‘I'll accept the charges’; ‘She agreed to bear the responsibility’;

Holdverb

organize or be responsible for;

‘hold a reception’; ‘have, throw, or make a party’; ‘give a course’;

Bearverb

contain or hold; have within;

‘The jar carries wine’; ‘The canteen holds fresh water’; ‘This can contains water’;

Holdverb

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’;

Bearverb

bring in;

‘interest-bearing accounts’; ‘How much does this savings certificate pay annually?’;

Holdverb

have or hold in one's hands or grip;

‘Hold this bowl for a moment, please’; ‘A crazy idea took hold of him’;

Bearverb

have on one's person;

‘He wore a red ribbon’; ‘bear a scar’;

Holdverb

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’;

Bearverb

behave in a certain manner;

‘She carried herself well’; ‘he bore himself with dignity’; ‘They conducted themselves well during these difficult times’;

Holdverb

have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices;

‘She bears the title of Duchess’; ‘He held the governorship for almost a decade’;

Bearverb

have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices;

‘She bears the title of Duchess’; ‘He held the governorship for almost a decade’;

Holdverb

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’;

Bearverb

support or hold in a certain manner;

‘She holds her head high’; ‘He carried himself upright’;

Holdverb

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’;

Bearverb

be pregnant with;

‘She is bearing his child’; ‘The are expecting another child in January’; ‘I am carrying his child’;

Holdverb

contain or hold; have within;

‘The jar carries wine’; ‘The canteen holds fresh water’; ‘This can contains water’;

Bear

Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans.

Holdverb

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’;

Holdverb

remain in a certain state, position, or condition;

‘The weather held’; ‘They held on the road and kept marching’;

Holdverb

maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);

‘bear a grudge’; ‘entertain interesting notions’; ‘harbor a resentment’;

Holdverb

assert or affirm;

‘Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good’;

Holdverb

remain committed to;

‘I hold to these ideas’;

Holdverb

secure and keep for possible future use or application;

‘The landlord retained the security deposit’; ‘I reserve the right to disagree’;

Holdverb

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?’;

Holdverb

hold the attention of;

‘The soprano held the audience’; ‘This story held our interest’; ‘She can hold an audience spellbound’;

Holdverb

keep from exhaling or expelling;

‘hold your breath’;

Holdverb

support or hold in a certain manner;

‘She holds her head high’; ‘He carried himself upright’;

Holdverb

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’;

Holdverb

be capable of holding or containing;

‘This box won't take all the items’; ‘The flask holds one gallon’;

Holdverb

be valid, applicable, or true;

‘This theory still holds’;

Holdverb

take and maintain control over, often by violent means;

‘The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week’;

Holdverb

protect against a challenge or attack;

‘Hold that position behind the trees!’; ‘Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks’;

Holdverb

declare to be;

‘She was declared incompetent’; ‘judge held that the defendant was innocent’;

Holdverb

have as a major characteristic;

‘The novel holds many surprises’; ‘The book holds in store much valuable advise’;

Holdverb

cause to stop;

‘Halt the engines’; ‘Arrest the progress’; ‘halt the presses’;

Holdverb

bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted;

‘He's held by a contract’; ‘I'll hold you by your promise’;

Holdverb

cover as for protection against noise or smell;

‘She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate’; ‘hold one's nose’;

Holdverb

drink alcohol without showing ill effects;

‘He can hold his liquor’; ‘he had drunk more than he could carry’;

Holdverb

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’;

Holdverb

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’;

Holdverb

resist or confront with resistance;

‘The politician defied public opinion’; ‘The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear’; ‘The bridge held’;

Holdverb

keep from departing;

‘Hold the taxi’; ‘Hold the horse’;

Holdverb

stop dealing with;

‘hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting’;

Holdverb

aim, point, or direct;

‘Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames’;

Holdverb

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’;

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