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A firm hold; control; possession
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  1. A firm hold; control; possession
  2. The power to hold or seize; reach
  3. A firm hold or grip.
A metal bar attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to show a subsequent award of the same medal or to specify the type or place of service
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  1. A metal bar attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to show a subsequent award of the same medal or to specify the type or place of service
  2. A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps.
  3. A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
A tight grasp.
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  1. A tight grasp.
  2. A clutch bag.
  3. A grasp; grip
To take hold of or seize firmly with the hand, the foot, another body part, or an instrument:
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  1. To take hold of or seize firmly with the hand, the foot, another body part, or an instrument:
  2. To reach for and try to seize
  3. To take hold of mentally; understand; comprehend
To give a grip to
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  1. To give a grip to
  2. To get and hold the attention of
  3. To take firmly and hold fast with the hand, teeth, an instrument, etc.
(Informal) To become tense with anxiety, fear, etc.
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  1. (Informal) To become tense with anxiety, fear, etc.
  2. To grasp and hold tightly:
  3. To grasp or hold eagerly or tightly
To keep in stock; offer for sale:
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  1. To keep in stock; offer for sale:
  2. To include or keep on a list:
  3. To take or seize, especially by force; capture.
To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
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  1. To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
  2. (Law) To try illegally to influence or instruct (a jury)
  3. To take in mentally; perceive
To clinch (a bolt, for example).
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  1. To clinch (a bolt, for example).
  2. To bring together tightly; close (the teeth or fist) firmly
  3. To squeeze; to grip or hold tightly.
To keep from proceeding; delay or retard:
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  1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard:
  2. To keep in custody; confine
  3. Keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.
(Intransitive) To hold or contain.
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  1. (Intransitive) To hold or contain.
  2. To build or equip with a roof and walls:
  3. To insert in an envelope, wrapper, etc., often along with something else
To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way:
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  1. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way:
  2. To keep under control
  3. To hold back or keep in check; control:
To restrict in movement:
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  1. To restrict in movement:
  2. To keep within bounds; restrict:
  3. To restrict; to keep within bounds; to shut or keep in a limited space or area.
To check the expansion or influence of (a hostile power or ideology) by containment.
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  1. To check the expansion or influence of (a hostile power or ideology) by containment.
  2. To have in it; hold, enclose, or include
  3. To hold or keep within limits; restrain:
(Idiomatic) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
  2. (Idiomatic) To restrain; to check.
To put pressure or bring influence to bear upon (someone) to do a certain thing, as to pay money, etc.
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  1. To put pressure or bring influence to bear upon (someone) to do a certain thing, as to pay money, etc.
  2. To get, extract, or extort by force or unfair means
  3. (Games) To force (an opponent) to use a potentially winning card in a trick he or she cannot take in bridge.
To go forward with energetic or determined effort
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  1. To go forward with energetic or determined effort
  2. To employ urgent persuasion or entreaty:
  3. To take arbitrarily or by force, especially for public use.
To bring to a halt; stop
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  1. To bring to a halt; stop
  2. To get hold or possession of; obtain; acquire
  3. To take into custody; capture
(Figuratively) To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.
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  1. (Figuratively) To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.
  2. To embrace by holding closely, especially in the arms.
  3. To keep close to
To manage, administer to, or represent:
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  1. To manage, administer to, or represent:
  2. To act or function in a given way while in operation:
  3. To manage, operate, or use with the hand or hands; manipulate
To handle, stroke, or touch lovingly.
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  1. To handle, stroke, or touch lovingly.
  2. To stroke or handle (someone or something) in a tender and loving way; caress
  3. To touch or stroke (someone), often inappropriately, in making sexual advances
To keep in a fixed state or condition
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  1. To keep in a fixed state or condition
  2. To keep in mind; remember:
  3. To keep in one's service or pay:
To manage, tend, or have charge of:
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  1. To manage, tend, or have charge of:
  2. To take care of, or have and take care or charge of
  3. To remain in a state or condition; stay:
To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
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  1. To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
  2. To hold in a tight embrace.
  3. To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.
To hold onto something securely or closely.
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  1. To hold onto something securely or closely.
To secure (something) by string or the like.
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  1. To secure (something) by string or the like.
  2. To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by string or the like.
  3. To fasten, attach, or bind together or to something else, as with string, cord, or rope made secure by knotting, etc.
To have or demonstrate in combination:
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  1. To have or demonstrate in combination:
  2. To bring together in common cause, interest, opinion, etc.; join, as in action, through fellowship, agreement, legal bonds, etc.
  3. To put or bring together so as to make one; combine or join into a whole
To hold in the palm of the hand.
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  1. To hold in the palm of the hand.
  2. To hide (something) in the palm or between the fingers, as in a sleight-of-hand trick
  3. To pick up furtively.
To get into one's hands, control, or possession, especially:
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  1. To get into one's hands, control, or possession, especially:
  2. To use or require (time):
  3. To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge:
To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
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  1. To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
  2. To take or get as by chance or quickly
  3. To take and keep hold, as a lock
To fasten firmly together by this means
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  1. To fasten firmly together by this means
  2. To settle (an argument, bargain, etc.) definitely
  3. (Sports) To hold a boxing opponent's body with one or both arms to prevent or hinder punches.
To hold or support protectively:
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  1. To hold or support protectively:
  2. (--- Sports) In lacrosse, to keep possession of (the ball) by moving the stick back and forth to prevent the ball from falling to the ground or resting too low in the webbing for easy release.
  3. To take care of in infancy; nurture
To save; reserve:
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  1. To save; reserve:
  2. To manage, tend, or have charge of:
  3. To continue to do:
To keep in a fixed state or condition
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  1. To keep in a fixed state or condition
  2. To keep in mind
  3. To hold or keep in possession
To put (someone) in possession of property, facts, etc.; cause to have something specified
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  1. To put (someone) in possession of property, facts, etc.; cause to have something specified
  2. (--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
  3. To keep control over or maintain (oneself, one's mind, etc.)
To oppose actively; fight, argue, or work against
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  1. To oppose actively; fight, argue, or work against
  2. To refuse to cooperate with, submit to, etc.
  3. To withstand; oppose; fend off; stand firm against; withstand the action of
To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
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  1. To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
  2. To continue in some effort, course of action, etc. in spite of difficulty, opposition, etc.; be steadfast in purpose; persist
To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; with to.
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  1. To win the heart of; to connect by ties of love or self-interest; to attract; to fasten or bind by moral influence; with to.
  2. To connect by ties of affection, attraction, etc.
  3. (Intransitive) To adhere; to be attached.
To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
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  1. To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
  2. To remain emotionally attached; hold on:
  3. To be emotionally attached
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To continue to be; persist:
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  1. To continue to be; persist:
  2. To live at a minimal level; subsist:
  3. To continue being; live
To go on with a particular action or in a particular condition; persist:
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  1. To go on with a particular action or in a particular condition; persist:
  2. To cause to remain or last; retain or maintain:
  3. To carry on; persist in:
To exist as an independent fact of (external) reality.
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  1. To exist as an independent fact of (external) reality.
To put up with; tolerate:
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  1. To put up with; tolerate:
  2. To continue in existence; last; remain
  3. To hold up under (pain, fatigue, etc.); stand; bear; undergo
To produce a desired or proper effect:
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  1. To produce a desired or proper effect:
  2. To be in action so as to produce an effect; act; function; work
  3. To bring about a desired or appropriate effect; have a certain influence
To think of in a certain light; consider
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  1. To think of in a certain light; consider
  2. To relate or refer to; concern:
  3. To have relation to; concern; have reference to
To affirm positively; declare:
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  1. To affirm positively; declare:
  2. To declare to be true; state positively; affirm
  3. To formally assert as a fact, such as in a pleading; to allege. To formally assert as a fact, such as in a pleading; to allege.
To act or decide as a judge.
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  1. To act or decide as a judge.
  2. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration:
  3. (--- Law) To hear and decide on in a court of law:
To provide for; supply with something needed:
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  1. To provide for; supply with something needed:
  2. To have enough space for:
  3. To provide lodging for:
To strengthen the spirits, courage, etc. of; comfort; buoy up; encourage
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  1. To strengthen the spirits, courage, etc. of; comfort; buoy up; encourage
  2. To keep in existence; maintain, continue, or prolong:
  3. To support or adequately maintain over a long period of time; (in court) to uphold; to rule in favor of; to corroborate. See also overrule. To support or adequately maintain over a long period of time; (in court) to uphold; to rule in favor of; to corroborate. See also overrule.
(Naut.) To move (a yard) by means of a brace
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  1. (Naut.) To move (a yard) by means of a brace
  2. (Nautical) To turn (the yards of a ship) by the braces.
  3. To get a firm hold with (the hands or feet)
To prop up; bolster
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  1. To prop up; bolster
  2. To support or reinforce with a buttress
  3. To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.
To sustain or bolster
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  1. To sustain or bolster
  2. To place or lean (something) against a support
  3. To support by placing something beneath or against; shore up.
To sight and follow (a moving target) automatically:
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  1. To sight and follow (a moving target) automatically:
  2. To move or pass (a ship) through a lock
  3. To keep from going in or out by or as by means of a lock; shut (up, in or out); confine
To continue to be in a place or condition:
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  1. To continue to be in a place or condition:
  2. To keep up in a race or contest:
  3. To brace or support with a stay or stays
To push or apply force to with a shoulder:
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  1. To push or apply force to with a shoulder:
  2. To take or carry upon the shoulder
  3. To push with a shoulder.
To support or strengthen in any way; corroborate, substantiate, etc.
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  1. To support or strengthen in any way; corroborate, substantiate, etc.
  2. To support from below with props or masonry.
  3. To give support or substance to:
To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain
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  1. To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain
  2. To give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to
  3. To hold aloft; raise:
To prop underneath; support
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  1. To prop underneath; support
  2. To prop (something) from below.
  3. To prop from beneath; to put a prop under; to support; to uphold, prop up.
(Nautical) To sail close to the wind.
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  1. (Nautical) To sail close to the wind.
  2. (Idiomatic) To endure hardship cheerfully.
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To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
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  1. To hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
  2. To take hold of; to grasp; to grab tightly.
  3. To hold in a tight embrace.
To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
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  1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
  2. To clasp or hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection.
  3. (Law) To try illegally to influence or instruct (a jury)
To cover with or as if with folds; envelop.
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  1. To cover with or as if with folds; envelop.
  2. To fold something around; to envelop
  3. To embrace
To put the arms around and hold closely; esp., to embrace tightly and affectionately
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  1. To put the arms around and hold closely; esp., to embrace tightly and affectionately
  2. To embrace by holding closely, especially in the arms.
  3. To clasp or hold closely, especially in the arms, as in affection; embrace.
To insist upon or put forward insistently:
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  1. To insist upon or put forward insistently:
  2. To move by applying pressure:
  3. (Basketball) To employ a press.
To put pressure or bring influence to bear upon (someone) to do a certain thing, as to pay money, etc.
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  1. To put pressure or bring influence to bear upon (someone) to do a certain thing, as to pay money, etc.
  2. To press hard on or together; compress:
  3. To press in order to extract liquid, juice, etc.
To fasten firmly together by this means
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  1. To fasten firmly together by this means
  2. To settle (an argument, bargain, etc.) definitely
  3. (Sports) To hold a boxing opponent's body with one or both arms to prevent or hinder punches.
To conceal in the bosom; hide
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  1. To conceal in the bosom; hide
  2. To embrace; cherish
To cut off the edge of:
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  1. To cut off the edge of:
  2. To enunciate with clarity and precision:
  3. To fasten with or as if with a clip; hold tightly.
To enclose protectively; surround; shelter
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  1. To enclose protectively; surround; shelter
  2. (Archaic) To take to one's bosom; embrace; cherish
  3. (Archaic) To clasp to or hold in the bosom.
To offer; render:
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  1. To offer; render:
  2. To carry over or hold (a sentiment)
  3. To support or hold up; sustain
To hold or support while moving; bear:
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  1. To hold or support while moving; bear:
  2. To gain support or victory for (a cause, point, etc.)
  3. To support financially
To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
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  1. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
  2. To bear the weight of, especially from below; keep from falling, sinking, or slipping:
  3. To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
To keep from falling; support
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  1. To keep from falling; support
  2. To give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to
  3. To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain
To put under custody.
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  1. To put under custody.
  2. To keep in custody; confine
  3. Keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.
To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
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  1. To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
  2. To stop or check the motion, course, or spread of
  3. To undergo cardiac arrest.
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  1. To entangle.
  2. (Intransitive) To get news
  3. To pick up suddenly.
(Now Rare) To make a slave of; enslave
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  1. (Now Rare) To make a slave of; enslave
  2. To hold spellbound; captivate:
  3. To hold as if in a spell; captivate; fascinate
(Obs.) To put under a spell; bewitch
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  1. (Obs.) To put under a spell; bewitch
  2. To hold the attention of by being very interesting or delightful; charm; captivate
  3. (Archaic) To deprive of the ability to escape or move, usually by the power of a look. Used of serpents.
To get and hold the attention of
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  1. To get and hold the attention of
  2. To secure and maintain a tight hold on; seize firmly.
  3. To take firmly and hold fast with the hand, teeth, an instrument, etc.
To hypnotize.
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  1. To hypnotize.
  2. To exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.
  3. To hold the attention of; transfix, captivate, fascinate, etc.
To hammer or spread the end of (a bolt, etc.) into a head, for fastening something
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  1. To hammer or spread the end of (a bolt, etc.) into a head, for fastening something
  2. To fix or hold (the eyes, attention, etc.) firmly
  3. To engross or hold (the gaze or attention, for example).
To attract one's attention as if by a magic spell.
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  1. To attract one's attention as if by a magic spell.
  2. To hold under or as if under a spell; enchant or fascinate.
To pierce through with or as if with something pointed
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  1. To pierce through with or as if with something pointed
  2. To pierce or impale with a pointed weapon or object.
  3. To capture or hold the attention of completely; hold spellbound
To snatch or try to snatch something
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  1. To snatch or try to snatch something
  2. (Informal) To get or take quickly
  3. To capture or restrain; arrest.
To have within; hold:
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  1. To have within; hold:
  2. To have in it; hold, enclose, or include
  3. To be capable of holding:
To cause to do something, as by persuasion or compulsion:
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  1. To cause to do something, as by persuasion or compulsion:
  2. To use or exhibit in action:
  3. To perform; carry on; engage in
To provide lodging for
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  1. To provide lodging for
  2. To adapt oneself; become adjusted.
  3. To become adjusted, as the lens of the eye in focusing on objects at various distances
To have within; hold:
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  1. To have within; hold:
  2. To have in it; hold, enclose, or include
  3. To be capable of holding:
(Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
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  1. (Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
  2. (Idiomatic) to act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power
To save; reserve:
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  1. To save; reserve:
  2. To manage, tend, or have charge of:
  3. To continue to do:
  1. To restrict or restrain
  2. To prevent (a pupil) to advance in a course
  3. To hold back, refuse to give or share
To keep back; to retain.
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  1. To keep back; to retain.
  2. To keep or secure for oneself; retain:
  3. To keep in store for future or special use.
To keep in a fixed state or condition
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  1. To keep in a fixed state or condition
  2. To keep in mind
  3. To hold or keep in possession
To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
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  1. To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
  2. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
  3. To keep in check; restrain:
To talk or write about oneself or something related to oneself in a proud or self-admiring way.
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  1. To talk or write about oneself or something related to oneself in a proud or self-admiring way.
  2. To talk proudly about deeds, abilities, etc., either one's own or those of someone close to one, esp. in a manner showing too much pride and satisfaction; brag
  3. (Sculpting) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
To deserve and receive as due; exact:
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  1. To deserve and receive as due; exact:
  2. To give an order or orders to; direct with authority
  3. To deserve and get; require as due, proper, or becoming
To receive pleasure or satisfaction from.
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  1. To receive pleasure or satisfaction from.
  2. To have or experience with joy; get pleasure from; relish
  3. To have the undisturbed use or possession of something, particularly real property. To have the undisturbed use or possession of something, particularly real property.
(--- Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception:
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  1. (--- Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception:
  2. Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action:
  3. To use or exhibit in action:
To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
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  1. To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
  2. (Archaic) To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
  3. (--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
To receive pleasure or satisfaction from.
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  1. To receive pleasure or satisfaction from.
  2. To have the undisturbed use or possession of something, particularly real property. To have the undisturbed use or possession of something, particularly real property.
  3. To have or experience with joy; get pleasure from; relish
Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action:
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  1. Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action:
  2. To use or exhibit in action:
  3. (--- Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception:
(--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
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  1. (--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
  2. To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
  3. (Archaic) To cause (oneself) to own, hold, or master something, such as property or knowledge.
To make or grind a bit on (a key).
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  1. To make or grind a bit on (a key).
  2. To check or curb
  3. To check or control with or as if with a bit.
To break up (flax, clods of earth, etc.) into smaller pieces
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  1. To break up (flax, clods of earth, etc.) into smaller pieces
  2. To slow down or stop with or as with a brake
  3. To operate or apply a brake.
To pull one's head back quickly with the chin drawn in as an expression of anger, scorn, pride, etc.
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  1. To pull one's head back quickly with the chin drawn in as an expression of anger, scorn, pride, etc.
  2. To be angry or resentful; take offense:
  3. To control or restrain:
To hold back by force; restrain
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  1. To hold back by force; restrain
  2. To compel by physical, moral, or circumstantial force; oblige:
  3. To keep within certain limits; confine or limit:
To lead (a dog being walked) to the curb or some other place where it may pass its waste matter
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  1. To lead (a dog being walked) to the curb or some other place where it may pass its waste matter
  2. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way.
  3. To check, restrain, or control (an impulse or activity, for example); rein in.
(Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
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  1. (Idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
  2. (Idiomatic) to act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power
(Idiomatic) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To continue, to hold and to manage well.
  2. (Idiomatic) To restrain; to check.
To hold back; restrain:
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  1. To hold back; restrain:
  2. To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of something in the body, as an enzyme or organ.
  3. To hold back or keep from some action, feeling, etc.; check or repress
To make regular entries in; maintain a continuous record of transactions, accounts, or happenings in
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  1. To make regular entries in; maintain a continuous record of transactions, accounts, or happenings in
  2. To save; reserve:
  3. To put customarily; store:
  1. To restrict or restrain
  2. To prevent (a pupil) to advance in a course
  3. To hold back, refuse to give or share
In a particular relationship:
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  1. In a particular relationship:
  2. (Sports) So as to score, as by crossing home plate in baseball:
  3. At or inside one's home, office, etc.
To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way:
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  1. To prevent (a person or group) from doing something or acting in a certain way:
  2. To hold back or keep in check; control:
  3. To keep under control
To use or exhibit in action:
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  1. To use or exhibit in action:
  2. To hold in the hand or in control; own; possess
  3. (Informal) To hold at a disadvantage or to overcome
To have or possess as property:
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  1. To have or possess as property:
  2. To admit as being in accordance with fact, truth, or a claim; acknowledge:
  3. To possess; hold as personal property; have
To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
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  1. To gain control or power over. Used of a demon or spirit.
  2. (--- Law) To have under one's power or control:
  3. (--- Archaic) To control or maintain (one's nature) in a particular condition:
To require (a student) to repeat a class or grade because of insufficient educational progress to advance.
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  1. To require (a student) to repeat a class or grade because of insufficient educational progress to advance.
  2. To keep in a particular place or condition:
  3. To continue to practice, use, etc.
To have an opinion; think:
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  1. To have an opinion; think:
  2. To have faith, confidence, or trust:
  3. To suppose or think
To think or deem to be; regard as:
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  1. To think or deem to be; regard as:
  2. To show consideration for:
  3. To regard as; think to be
To regard as; consider:
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  1. To regard as; consider:
  2. To consider or assume that a thing has the attributes or qualities of something else; for example, for certain legal purposes, a corporation is deemed to be a person. To consider or assume that a thing has the attributes or qualities of something else; for example, for certain legal purposes, a corporation is deemed to be a person.
  3. To think, believe, or judge
To state as an opinion.
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  1. To state as an opinion.
  2. To express (one's opinion)
To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment:
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  1. To exercise the power of reason, as by conceiving ideas, drawing inferences, and using judgment:
  2. To allow oneself to consider
  3. To visualize; imagine:
To represent mentally; imagine
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  1. To represent mentally; imagine
  2. (Informal) To be just as expected or as anticipated
  3. (Informal) To believe; consider; decide
(--- Law) To hear and decide on in a court of law:
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  1. (--- Law) To hear and decide on in a court of law:
  2. To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation:
  3. To think or suppose
To assert that one will give true testimony equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
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  1. To assert that one will give true testimony equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
  2. To declare positively; assert to be true:
  3. To say positively; declare firmly; assert to be true
(Archaic) To bring forward as an authority.
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  1. (Archaic) To bring forward as an authority.
  2. To assert to be true; affirm:
  3. To state (a plea or excuse, for example) in support or denial of a claim or accusation:
To put forth reasons for or against something:
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  1. To put forth reasons for or against something:
  2. To try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
  3. To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend:
To maintain or defend (rights, claims, etc.)
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  1. To maintain or defend (rights, claims, etc.)
  2. To defend or maintain (one's rights, for example).
  3. To state or express positively; affirm:
  1. To declare earnestly, seriously, or positively; to affirm.
  2. To state seriously or positively; assert
To affirm positively; declare:
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  1. To affirm positively; declare:
  2. To formally assert as a fact, such as in a pleading; to allege. To formally assert as a fact, such as in a pleading; to allege.
  3. To declare to be true; state positively; affirm
To acknowledge openly; avow
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  1. To acknowledge openly; avow
  2. To declare the truth of; assert; affirm
  3. To accept responsibility for (an action, for example); acknowledge.
To declare openly or admit frankly
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  1. To declare openly or admit frankly
  2. To acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be
  3. To state positively; declare:
To demand or ask for as rightfully belonging or due to one; assert one's right to (a title, accomplishment, etc. that should be recognized)
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  1. To demand or ask for as rightfully belonging or due to one; assert one's right to (a title, accomplishment, etc. that should be recognized)
  2. To demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due:
  3. To state as a fact or as one's belief (something that may be called into question); assert
To strive in combat; fight
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  1. To strive in combat; fight
  2. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
  3. To hold to be a fact; assert
To make clearly known; state or announce openly, formally, etc.
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  1. To make clearly known; state or announce openly, formally, etc.
  2. To say positively or emphatically
  3. To state openly a choice, opinion, etc. (for or against)
To declare to be true; affirm:
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  1. To declare to be true; affirm:
  2. To defend or hold against criticism or attack:
  3. To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain:
To state as a determination of fact:
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  1. To state as a determination of fact:
  2. For instance:
  3. To express in words; state; declare; tell
To express or present in a nonverbal way
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  1. To express or present in a nonverbal way
  2. To set forth in words; declare.
  3. To set forth in words, esp. in a specific, definite, or formal way
To accept as true or real:
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  1. To accept as true or real:
  2. To have faith, confidence, or trust:
  3. To suppose or think
To think or believe, often for unanalyzed or emotional reasons
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  1. To think or believe, often for unanalyzed or emotional reasons
  2. To believe; think:
  3. To perceive through the sense of touch:
To comprehend; understand
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  1. To comprehend; understand
  2. To grasp; understand:
  3. To become aware of; perceive:
To devise or evolve; invent:
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  1. To devise or evolve; invent:
  2. To use the mind in a certain way:
  3. To reason about or reflect on; ponder:
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To wash oneself or one's hands, face, etc.
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  1. To wash oneself or one's hands, face, etc.
  2. To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing:
  3. To wash clothes
To accord or tender to another:
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  1. To accord or tender to another:
  2. To place in the hands of; pass:
  3. To perform for an audience:
Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action:
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  1. Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action:
  2. To give birth to; bear:
  3. (--- Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception:
To be suitable for presentation on the stage
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  1. To be suitable for presentation on the stage
  2. To exhibit or present to an audience:
  3. To arrange and carry out:
A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
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  1. A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
  2. A fastener or holder, particularly one that clasps.
  3. A grip or grasp of the hand.
Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.
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  1. Something, such as a mechanical device, that clenches or holds fast.
  2. A firm grip
  3. A tight grip or grasp.
A clutch bag.
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  1. A clutch bag.
  2. A tight grasp.
  3. A grasp; grip