hold (v.)
stand firm, continue, carry on
2H4 IV.i.217.1[Hastings to Archbishop, of King Henry IV] his power, like to a fangless lion, / May offer, but not hold
AC II.v.92[Cleopatra to Messenger, of his news] Dost thou hold there still?
H8 II.i.149.2[First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of a rumour of a rift between the King and Queen] Yes, but it held not
Ham IV.vii.152[Claudius to Laertes] this project / Should have a back or second, that might hold / If this did blast in proof
Ham IV.vii.161[Claudius to Laertes] Our purpose may hold there
Ham V.ii.173[Hamlet to Osrick] the King hold his purpose
JC I.ii.288[Casca to Cassius, of dining with him] Ay, if I be alive, and your mind hold
KL IV.vii.85[Gentleman to Kent] Holds it true ... that the Duke of Cornwall was so slain? [i.e. is it still believed]
MW V.i.1[Falstaff to Mistress Quickly] Go. I'll hold
R2 V.ii.52[York to Aumerle] Do these justs and triumphs hold? [i.e. still take place]
Tim II.i.4[Senator alone, of Timon's spending] It cannot hold, it will not
Tim III.vi.63[Sempronius to other Lords, of Timon's generosity] Will't hold?
TNK II.ii.36.1[Third Countryman to the others] Do we all hold against the maying? [i.e. to take part in the maying]
TNK II.ii.60.1[Fourth Countryman to the others] Away, boys, and hold! [i.e. keep your promise to turn up]
TNK IV.i.16.1[Gaoler to First Friend, of his situation] Pray heaven it hold so!
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