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Related to hold to: hold to ransom
hold someone to something
Fig. to make someone adhere to an agreement. You promised me that you would buy six of them, and I'm going to hold you to your promise. It was difficult, but he held himself to the terms of the contract.
Remain loyal or faithful to, abide by, as in She held to her resolutions, or He held to his view that the interest rate should be lowered. [c. 1200] Also see stick by; stick to.
1. To place something close to something else: He held a finger to his lips.
2. To expect someone to adhere to some agreement or promise: I'll hold you to your word.
3. To remain loyal or faithful to something: She held to her resolutions.