hold (v.) Old form(s): holdes
keep, preserve, conserve
MA I.i.84[Messenger to Beatrice] I will hold friends with you [i.e. take care to stay friends]
Oth V.ii.330[Lodovico to all, of Iago] If there be any cunning cruelty / That can torment him much, and hold him long, / It shall be his
Per II.ii.22[Simonides to Thaisa] He loves you well that holds his life of you [i.e. sees his life as depending on you]
TG V.iv.130[Valentine to Thurio] Verona shall not hold thee [i.e. keep you safe]
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