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Related to take hold: lined up, dropped off
to become established take root Democracy cannot take hold there until peace has been achieved. It will be several years before new plants take hold in the area hit by the volcano's eruption.
1. Grasp, as in Take hold of this end of the rope. [Late 1500s]
2. Become established, as in The new vines quickly took hold, or This idea will never take hold with the voters. [c. 1300]
1. To seize, as by grasping.
2. To become established: The newly planted vines quickly took hold.