Give and Hold


Give verb - To make a present of.
Usage example: math tutors generously give their time to help students after school

Hold is an antonym for give in topics: yield, contribute, communicate, demonstrate, perform action.

Nearby Words: giving, given, giver


Hold verb - To have or keep in one's hands.
Usage example: this casserole dish is too hot to hold, so grab a potholder

Give is an antonym for hold in topics: possess, grasp.

Nearby Words: holding, holder, holdback

How words are described

old old give old hold
good good give good hold
long long give long hold
short short give short hold
Other adjectives: complex, true, simple, powerful, big, huge, little, main, famous, former, awesome, magical.

Common collocations

power give power hold power
job give job hold job
amount give amount hold amount
number give number hold number
Other words: hand, time, way, items, sword, gun.

Both words in one sentence

  • If they spare you by some miracle, you will still be visited by a Terminator in a few hours, milked for all you know through Cold-Blooded Torture, might hold and give information that will endanger the future of mankind, and then killed anyway.
  • Disney / Frozen Magic Feather: Elsa's gloves don't actually hold back her powers, but her confidence in them to do so helps give her a measure of control over them.
  • Video Game / Uncharted Waters Online Bribing Your Way to Victory: Since Online uses a microtransaction business model, Tecmo-Koei (and subsequently their distributors) introduced ships that were designed to either give a massive combat advantage or carry some other benefit like larger than normal hold space.
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Hold or Give. 2016. Accessed December 08, 2022.
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