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HOLD ON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hold on mean? 

HOLD ON (verb)
  The verb HOLD ON has 5 senses:

1. hold firmly
2. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
3. be persistent, refuse to stop
4. hold the phone line open
5. retain possession of

  Familiarity information: HOLD ON used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOLD ON (verb)


Sense 1hold on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold firmly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

grasp; hold on

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

hold; take hold (have or hold in one's hands or grip)

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

clasp (hold firmly and tightly)

cling; hang (hold on tightly or tenaciously)

latch on (take hold of or attach to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2hold on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

hold on; stop

Context example:

Hold on a moment!

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

break; interrupt (terminate)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3hold on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be persistent, refuse to stop

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

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 "hold 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 "hold 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 4hold on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold the phone line open

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

hold the line; hang on; hold on

Context example:

Please hang on while I get your folder

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

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

"Hold 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


Sense 5hold on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Retain possession of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

keep; hold on

Context examples:

Can I keep my old stuffed animals? / She kept her maiden name after she married

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

have; have got; hold (have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense)

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

hold; hold back; keep back; retain (secure and keep for possible future use or application)

store (find a place for and put away for storage)

hive away; lay in; put in; salt away; stack away; stash away; store (keep or lay aside for future use)

preserve; save (to keep up and reserve for personal or special use)

deduct; recoup; withhold (retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments)

deny; refuse (refuse to let have)

carry over; hold over (hold over goods to be sold for the next season)

harbor; harbour (keep in one's possession; of animals)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


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