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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hang on mean? 

HANG ON (verb)
  The verb HANG ON has 3 senses:

1. fix to; attach
2. be persistent, refuse to stop
3. hold the phone line open

  Familiarity information: HANG ON used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

HANG ON (verb)

Sense 1hang on [BACK TO TOP]


Fix to; attach

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


hang on; tack on; tag on; append; tack

Context example:

append a charm to the necklace

Hypernyms (to "hang on" is one way to...):

attach (cause to be attached)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hang on"):

subjoin (add to the end)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sense 2hang on [BACK TO TOP]


Be persistent, refuse to stop

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


hang in; persevere; hang on; persist; hold on

Context examples:

he persisted to call me every night / The child persisted and kept asking questions

Hypernyms (to "hang on" is one way to...):

bear on; carry on; continue; preserve; uphold (keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hang on"):

obstinate (persist stubbornly)

ask for it; ask for trouble (persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble)

plug; plug away (persist in working hard)

follow; stick to; stick with (keep to)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP

Sense 3hang on [BACK TO TOP]


Hold the phone line open

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


hold the line; hang on; hold on

Context example:

Please hang on while I get your folder

Hypernyms (to "hang on" is one way to...):

await; expect; look; wait (look forward to the probable occurrence of)

"Hang on" entails doing...:

call; call up; phone; ring; telephone (get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone)

Domain category:

telephone; telephony (transmitting speech at a distance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

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