These words are now used in a deed to express by what
grantee is to have the land. The clause which commences with these words is
called the tenendum. Vide Habendum; Tenendum.
2. To hold, also means to decide, to adjudge, to decree; as, the court in
that case held that the hushand was not liable for the contract of the
wife, made without his express or implied authority.
3. It also signifies to bind under a contract, as the obligor is held and
firmly bound. In the constitution of the United States, it is provided,
that no person held to service or labor in one state under the laws
thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or
regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be
delivered up on the claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be
due. Art. 4, sec. 3, 3; 2 Serg. & R. 306; 3 Id. 4; 5 Id. 52; 1 Wash. C. C.
R. 500; 2 Pick. 11; 16 Pet. 539, 674.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition