Learning and understanding phrasal verbs is the key to progress on your level of English once you have reached certain point. Phrasal verbs are a must-have in your set of English skills if you really want to speak English fluently and with confidence.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with using more formal verbs in your spoken English. However, your English is likely to sound pompous and less natural to native speakers. Using phrasal verbs in your speaking and writing will help you upgrade the level of your English and make it more friendly, easy to understand and fluent.
10 Phrasal Verbs with Hold
- to stop someone from moving forward
Example: I was held back in school at the age of 15.
- to keep secret
Example: The report findings have been held back long enough. They should be made public now.
- to hesitate, to be reluctant to act
Example: She was held back from showing her full potential in many major tournaments.
HOLD SOMETHING BACK
to withhold something (tears, laughter)
Example: His joke was so funny that Sarah couldn’t hold back her laughter.
to restrain, to keep under control
Example: You should hold in your anger. Stop thinking about it, and focus on something positive.
- to grasp tightly or firmly
Example: Be Alert! Stand to the right and hold on the handrail.
- to wait, to wait until you’re ready to proceed with the initial action. This is often used when someone’s talking on the phone
Example: The receptionist asked me to hold on until Mr Smith was ready to take my call.
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- to last, to be sufficient
Example: If our supply of food holds out, we’re planning to stay here for another week.
- to persist, to not give way
Example: Their troops cannot hold out much longer against the superior forces of the enemy.
- to delay, to make late
Example: We were held up in traffic, this is why we arrived late.
- to rob
Example: A robber held up the local bank yesterday.
- to remain high in quality
Example: It is amazing how this car has held up over the years.
to postpone something
Example: Let’s hold discussion over until our next meeting.
to delay or to be delayed (usually about the weather)
Example: Today it’s been breezy and nice so hopefully, the rain holds off for the remainder of the day.
HOLD SOMETHING/SOMEONE OFF
to restrain someone physically, to keep something back
Example: The police had to hold off the crowd when the football team came out of their hotel.
HOLD WITH SOMETHING
to approve of something
Example: I don’t hold with any human abusing an animal.