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 for To hold forth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hold \Hold\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Held; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Holding. Holden, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing,
     though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden,
     OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth.
     haldan to feed, tend (the cattle); of unknown origin. Gf.
     Avast, Halt, Hod.]
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     1. 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.
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              The loops held one curtain to another. --Ex. xxxvi.
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              Thy right hand shall hold me.         --Ps. cxxxix.
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              They all hold swords, being expert in war. --Cant.
                                                    iii. 8.
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              In vain he seeks, that having can not hold.
                                                    --Spenser.
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              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.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. To retain in one's keeping; to maintain possession of, or
        authority over; not to give up or relinquish; to keep; to
        defend.
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              We mean to hold what anciently we claim
              Of deity or empire.                   --Milton.
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     3. To have; to possess; to be in possession of; to occupy; to
        derive title to; as, to hold office.
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              This noble merchant held a noble house. --Chaucer.
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              Of him to hold his seigniory for a yearly tribute.
                                                    --Knolles.
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              And now the strand, and now the plain, they held.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. To impose restraint upon; to limit in motion or action; to
        bind legally or morally; to confine; to restrain.
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              We can not hold mortality's strong hand. --Shak.
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              Death! what do'st? O, hold thy blow.  --Grashaw.
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              He had not sufficient judgment and self-command to
              hold his tongue.                      --Macaulay.
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     5. To maintain in being or action; to carry on; to prosecute,
        as a course of conduct or an argument; to continue; to
        sustain.
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              Hold not thy peace, and be not still. --Ps. lxxxiii.
                                                    1.
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              Seedtime and harvest, heat and hoary frost,
              Shall hold their course.              --Milton.
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     6. 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.
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              I would hold more talk with thee.     --Shak.
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     7. 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.
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              Broken cisterns that can hold no water. --Jer. ii.
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              One sees more devils than vast hell can hold.
                                                    --Shak.
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     8. To accept, as an opinion; to be the adherent of, openly or
        privately; to persist in, as a purpose; to maintain; to
        sustain.
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              Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have
              been taught.                          --2 Thes.
                                                    ii.15.
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              But still he held his purpose to depart. --Dryden.
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     9. To consider; to regard; to esteem; to account; to think;
        to judge.
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              I hold him but a fool.                --Shak.
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              I shall never hold that man my friend. --Shak.
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              The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his
              name in vain.                         --Ex. xx. 7.
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     10. To bear, carry, or manage; as he holds himself erect; he
         holds his head high.
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               Let him hold his fingers thus.       --Shak.
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     To hold a wager, to lay or hazard a wager. --Swift.
  
     To hold forth,
         (a) v. t.to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put
             forward. "The propositions which books hold forth and
             pretend to teach." --Locke.
         (b) v. i. To talk at length; to harangue.
  
     To held in, to restrain; to curd.
  
     To hold in hand, to toy with; to keep in expectation; to
        have in one's power. [Obs.]
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              O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods,
              And hold a lady in hand.              --Beaw. & Fl.
  
     To hold in play, to keep under control; to dally with.
        --Macaulay.
  
     To hold off, to keep at a distance.
  
     To hold on, to hold in being, continuance or position; as,
        to hold a rider on.
  
     To hold one's day, to keep one's appointment. [Obs.]
        --Chaucer.
  
     To hold one's own. To keep good one's present condition
        absolutely or relatively; not to fall off, or to lose
        ground; as, a ship holds her own when she does not lose
        ground in a race or chase; a man holds his own when he
        does not lose strength or weight.
  
     To hold one's peace, to keep silence.
  
     To hold out.
         (a) To extend; to offer. "Fortune holds out these to you
             as rewards." --B. Jonson.
         (b) To continue to do or to suffer; to endure. "He can
             not long hold out these pangs." --Shak.
  
     To hold up.
         (a) To raise; to lift; as, hold up your head.
         (b) To support; to sustain. "He holds himself up in
             virtue."--Sir P. Sidney.
         (c) To exhibit; to display; as, he was held up as an
             example.
         (d) To rein in; to check; to halt; as, hold up your
             horses.
         (e) to rob, usually at gunpoint; -- often with the demand
             to "hold up" the hands.
         (f) To delay.
  
     To hold water.
         (a) Literally, to retain water without leaking; hence
             (Fig.), to be whole, sound, consistent, without gaps
             or holes; -- commonly used in a negative sense; as,
             his statements will not hold water. [Colloq.]
         (b) (Naut.) To hold the oars steady in the water, thus
             checking the headway of a boat.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hold \Hold\, v. i.
     In general, to keep one's self in a given position or
     condition; to remain fixed. Hence:
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     1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; -- mostly in the
        imperative.
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              And damned be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. Not to give way; not to part or become separated; to
        remain unbroken or unsubdued.
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              Our force by land hath nobly held.    --Shak.
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     3. Not to fail or be found wanting; to continue; to last; to
        endure a test or trial; to abide; to persist.
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              While our obedience holds.            --Milton.
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              The rule holds in land as all other commodities.
                                                    --Locke.
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     4. Not to fall away, desert, or prove recreant; to remain
        attached; to cleave; -- often with with, to, or for.
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              He will hold to the one and despise the other.
                                                    --Matt. vi. 24
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     5. To restrain one's self; to refrain.
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              His dauntless heart would fain have held
              From weeping, but his eyes rebelled.  --Dryden.
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     6. To derive right or title; -- generally with of.
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              My crown is absolute, and holds of none. --Dryden.
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              His imagination holds immediately from nature.
                                                    --Hazlitt.
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     Hold on! Hold up! wait; stop; forbear. [Collog] -- To
     hold forth, to speak in public; to harangue; to preach.
        --L'Estrange.
  
     To hold in, to restrain one's self; as, he wanted to laugh
        and could hardly hold in.
  
     To hold off, to keep at a distance.
  
     To hold on, to keep fast hold; to continue; to go on. "The
        trade held on for many years," --Swift.
  
     To hold out, to last; to endure; to continue; to maintain
        one's self; not to yield or give way.
  
     To hold over, to remain in office, possession, etc., beyond
        a certain date.
  
     To hold to or To hold with, to take sides with, as a
        person or opinion.
  
     To hold together, to be joined; not to separate; to remain
        in union. --Dryden. --Locke.
  
     To hold up.
        (a) To support one's self; to remain unbent or unbroken;
            as, to hold up under misfortunes.
        (b) To cease raining; to cease to stop; as, it holds up.
            --Hudibras.
        (c) To keep up; not to fall behind; not to lose ground.
            --Collier.
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