Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #2722: katecho (pronounced kat-ekh'-o)

from 2596 and 2192; to hold down (fast), in various applications (literally or figuratively):--have, hold (fast), keep (in memory), let, X make toward, possess, retain, seize on, stay, take, withhold.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to hold back, detain, retain

1a) from going away

1b) to restrain, hinder (the course or progress of)

1b1) that which hinders, Antichrist from making his appearance

1b2) to check a ship' s headway, i.e. to hold or head the ship

1c) to hold fast, keep secure, keep firm possession of

2) to get possession of, take

2b) to possess

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: from G2596 and G2192

Citing in TDNT: 2:829, 286


This word is used 19 times:

Matthew 21:38: "let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance."
Luke 4:42: "unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from"
Luke 8:15: "having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."
Luke 14:9: "begin with shame to take the lowest room."
John 5:4: "was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."
Acts 27:40: "mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore."
Romans 1:18: "and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;"
Romans 7:6: "law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve"
1 Corinthians 7:30: "and they that buy, as though they possessed not;"
1 Corinthians 11:2: "me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered"
1 Corinthians 15:2: "also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,"
2 Corinthians 6:10: "as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."
1 Thessalonians 5:21: "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
2 Thessalonians 2:6: "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his"
2 Thessalonians 2:7: "doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of"
Philemon 1:13: "Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead"
Hebrews 3:6: "are we, if we hold fast the confidence and"
Hebrews 3:14: "partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence"
Hebrews 10:23: " Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)"

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