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What is the opposite of โ€œholdโ€?

What is the antonym of โ€œholdโ€?

The antonyms of hold are release, let go, and free. These antonyms convey the opposite meaning of holding onto something, letting it go, or freeing it.

Brief Definitions of the Antonym(s)

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To set free from confinement, captivity, or obligation.


The prisoner was finally released after serving his sentence.

To release one's grip on something; to stop holding onto something.


She had to let go of her childhood toys when she moved to a new house.

Not under the control or domination of another; able to act or be done as one wishes.


The birds were free to fly wherever they wanted.

How are these antonyms different from each other?

  • 1Release implies setting something free from confinement or obligation.
  • 2Let go implies releasing one's grip on something.
  • 3Free implies not being under the control or domination of another.

Good things to know

  • 1Physical Actions: Use let go to describe physically releasing something from your hand or grasp.
  • 2Emotional States: Use release to describe letting go of negative emotions or thoughts.
  • 3Freedom: Use free to describe someone or something that is not under the control or domination of another.

Remember this!

The antonyms of hold are release, let go, and free. Use let go for physical actions, release for emotional states, and free for describing freedom from control or domination.

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