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Meaning of forhold by Wiktionary Dictionary

forhold


    Etymology

    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” ) .

    Verb

    forhold ( third-person singular simple present forholds present participle forholding, simple past forheld, past participle forheld or forholden )

    1. ( transitive ) To detain; hold up; hold back; retain; withhold; limit.