1 a : to have lawful possession or ownership of [held the property as tenants in common] [the band s the title to the car]
b : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility [ing a retail liquor license] [the judges…shall their offices during good behavior "U.S. Constitution art. III"]
2 : to restrain the liberty of
: to keep in custody [the defendant will be held without bail]
3 : to cause to be conducted [will a hearing on the matter]
4 : to rule as the holding of a case [the court held that such conduct violated the statute] compare decide , find
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.