Definition of hold on in English:

hold on

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phrasal verb

  • 1Grasp or support something with one's hands.

    ‘it took all my strength to hold on’
    • ‘he held onto the back of a chair’
    1. 1.1hold onto someone or somethingKeep or retain someone or something.
      ‘the industry is trying to hold onto experienced staff’
      • ‘White managed to hold onto his lead’
      • ‘He has four months to prove he is worth holding on to and in that time he hopes to hone his English as well as his football skills.’
      • ‘Despite holding on to two stars for the past two years, the hospital could not make it three in a row.’
      • ‘She is putting right what has gone wrong in her life and holding on to what is familiar.’
      • ‘She tries to hold on to as much genuine stuff as she can while pandering to fancier tastes.’
      • ‘These are the memories that we will hold on to when we become advanced in age, if we get there.’
      • ‘Think of all the win bonuses the club has held on to since last July.’
      • ‘Japanese leaders were determined to hold on to what they saw as the critical area of the Pacific theatre.’
      • ‘As far as I know, there are only two ways to hold on to more of your money: earn more or spend less.’
      • ‘It is a book to hold on to, for repeated reference to information and inspiration.’
      • ‘The correct strategy would then be to hold on to as much territory as possible for as long as possible.’
      retain, keep, hang on to, keep possession of, retain possession of, retain use of, retain ownership of, not sell, not give away, keep for oneself
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  • 2often in imperative Wait; stop.

    ‘Hold on! Slow down a bit!’
    • ‘ hold on a minute, I'll be right back!’
    • ‘It looks safe outside, but they're still telling us that the air is bad, so I'm holding on and waiting for a few days.’
    • ‘But hold on a minute - are we still talking about children's choices here, or our own?’
    • ‘But hold on a minute, he is having an affair with his secretary because he is famous?’
    • ‘Now just hold on a minute, judgmental John, have you forgotten that this is not the UK?’
    • ‘When he finished telling her his idea, she asked him to hold on a minute and left the room.’
    wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second, stay here, stay put, remain here
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  • 3Endure or keep going in difficult circumstances.

    ‘if only they could hold on a little longer’
    • ‘We discussed what makes certain people hold on in extreme circumstances.’
    • ‘Mark Potts was the club's sole representative in the under-15s race, holding on for a respectable 23rd position.’
    • ‘At the finish they were holding on for dear life and with St. Josephs coming at them in waves Bobby Miller must have been relieved to hear the final whistle.’
    • ‘In many ways I think we're holding on just to make it to the cabin.’
    • ‘They have been holding on for as long as possible.’
    • ‘Jamie Ewart did lash home a deserved second for Whitehill in the very last minute but the visitors held on.’
    • ‘A late try for Merton made for a frantic last five minutes but Streatham held on for victory.’
    • ‘It was another of those games where we had to hold on in the dying minutes.’
    • ‘They held on for fifteen minutes before a penalty was awarded close in.’
    • ‘‘In my circle of friends a few have lost their jobs, but most are holding on tight,’ she said.’
    keep going, keep on, survive, last, continue, persevere, struggle on, carry on, go on, hang on, hold out, not give up, see it through, stay the course
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