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  • v. To detain; hold up; hold back; retain; withhold; limit.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forholden, forh(e)alden, from Old English forhealdan ("to forsake, fall away from, rebel against, let go, defile, pollute, withhold, misuse, abuse"), equivalent to for- +‎ hold. Cognate with Dutch verhouden ("to relate"), Low German vorholden ("to detain"), German verhalten ("to control, restrain"), Danish forholde ("to relate"), Norwegian forholde ("to deal").

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