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  • v. to grasp, seize
  • v. to take root, become established

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have or hold in one's hands or grip
  • v. assume control


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  • Honigalus and Somarus hastened to take hold of him, staggering under his enormous weight, and guided him to a large padded couch.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • I turned it over, looked at the date unbelievingly, and felt a foolish grin take hold of my face.

    A Letter of Mary

  • As their new Humanness began to take hold and the full import of what the Amplitur had done to them sank in, several volunteered their fighting abilities on behalf of the Weave.

    The False Mirror

  • This gave her a handle to take hold of him by; and having had an ancient acquaintance with him, and he having always had a high opinion of and respect for her, she, who was a woman of great wisdom, of ready speech, and of a well-resolved spirit, did press so close upon him with this home argument, that he was utterly at a loss how to defend himself.

    The History of Thomas Ellwood Written by Himself

  • Wanshig laughed and came over to take hold of the rope.

    Burning Tower

  • Edymion did not take hold of me as Lothair did, and I declined, but I have never lost the impression which I gathered out of Lothair.

    The Life of Froude

  • Here — pray, Sir, take hold of my cap — nay, take the bell along with it, and my pantoufles too.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • "You just put your foot in here and take hold of the pommelbone nice and slow," he said.

    Futures Imperfect

  • The fire had to take hold quickly to prevent the female from rejoining the rest, and Brun and Grod were between the she-mammoth and the herd.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • "For the Light's sake, take hold of yourself," she began, and a woman's voice spoke pleasantly behind her.

    A Crown of Swords


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