Holding is the action of grasping onto or supporting another person or object using one’s hands or arms. Holding can refer to the general act of grabbing onto another object, such as when one holds a breadstick or a cell phone, but can also refer to the physical supporting and carrying of another human, like a small child. One might also hold a door open for another person upon entering or exiting a room as a friendly or polite gesture, and two people can hold each other’s hands as a symbol of affection or security. Holding can also be used in a less literal context, such as when one holds another’s spot in a line.
Holding hands is an act of physical intimacy where two or more people hold the other persons’ hand in their own. It is not always a romantic act. Spouses and romantic couples many hold hands as a sign of affection, and parents may hold small children’s hands for guidance or for authority. In Arab countries, Africa, and some parts of Asia, holding hands is a sign of friendship and respect.
When someone asks “how are you holding up?” the person asking the question knows the previous (and often times negative) situation of the person being asked. They are asking the question to see how he/she is dealing with it, and if he/she is okay. They are asking how things are going emotionally after what happened.
To hold a baby, cradle the baby’s head with your hand, and then use the other hand to support the baby’s bottom. The baby should be lifted up to your chest to ensure their head is resting on you. The baby’s head and neck should be supported by your hand, and they should be turned to the side for an open airway.