hold
noun
  1. the bottom part of a ship or aircraft, in which cargo is carried

  2. the action of keeping something

verb
  1. to own or to keep something

    Example

    She holds 10 per cent of the company's shares.

  2. to make something happen

    Example

    The receiver will hold an auction of the company's assets.

  3. not to sell

    Example

    You should hold these shares - they look likely to rise.

"...as of last night, the bank's shareholders no longer hold any rights to the bank's shares" [South China Morning Post]

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