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 Dictionary entry overview: What does take hold mean? 

TAKE HOLD (verb)
  The verb TAKE HOLD has 2 senses:

1. assume control
2. have or hold in one's hands or grip

  Familiarity information: TAKE HOLD used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TAKE HOLD (verb)

Sense 1take hold [BACK TO TOP]


Assume control

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


take charge; take control; take hold

Hypernyms (to "take hold" is one way to...):

head; lead (be in charge of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "take hold"):

move in on (seize control of)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sense 2take hold [BACK TO TOP]


Have or hold in one's hands or grip

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


take hold; hold

Context examples:

Hold this bowl for a moment, please / A crazy idea took hold of him

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "take hold"):

grasp; hold on (hold firmly)

cling to; clutch; hold close; hold tight (hold firmly, usually with one's hands)

cradle (hold gently and carefully)

clinch (hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches)

interlace; interlock; lock (hold in a locking position)

trap (hold or catch as if in a trap)

cradle (hold or place in or as if in a cradle)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

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