take hold


take hold
verb
1. assume control (Freq. 3)
Syn: ↑take charge, ↑take control
Hypernyms: ↑head, ↑lead
Hyponyms: ↑move in on
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

2. have or hold in one's hands or grip (Freq. 2)
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Hold this bowl for a moment, please

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A crazy idea took hold of him

Syn: ↑hold
Ant: ↑let go of (for: ↑hold)
Derivationally related forms: ↑hold (for: ↑hold)
Hyponyms:
grasp, ↑hold on, ↑cling to, ↑hold close, ↑hold tight, ↑clutch, ↑cradle, ↑clinch, ↑lock, ↑interlock, ↑interlace, ↑trap
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s PP

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phrasal
1.

take hold of a railing

took hold and hung on tight

b. : to establish a hold on or over

felt hate take hold of my whole body — Edita Morris

a second conviction took hold of him — T.B.Costain

story … takes hold of a reader from the first — Walter Havighurst

c. : to assume management or control : take in hand and deal with : take charge

there was a new overseer … and he was taking hold, fast — Laura Krey

women who take hold of things and aren't afraid of work — Ellen Glasgow

administration fails to take hold of and solve the big problems — F.D.Roosevelt

2. [ME taken hold, fr. taken to take + hold] : to become attached or established

once the glue dries and takes firm hold — Emily Holt

theory took hold because the future was with it — W.P.Webb

idea … does not seem to have taken hold very widely — Elmer Davis

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take hold phrase
to become stronger and difficult to stop

They were fortunate to escape before the fire took hold.

take hold of:

A sense of dread took hold of him.

Thesaurus: to continue without stoppingsynonym
Main entry: hold

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start to have an effect

the reforms of the late nineteenth century had taken hold

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take hold (or chiefly US take a hold)
: to become effective, established, or popular

The change in the law has not yet taken hold.

new ideas that have recently taken hold in the fashion industry

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Main Entry:hold

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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