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Definition of hold on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


hold on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1(informal) used to tell someone to wait or stop synonym wait Hold on a minute while I get my breath back. Hold on! This isn't the right road.
  2. 2to survive in a difficult or dangerous situation They managed to hold on until help arrived.
  3. 3(informal) used on the telephone to ask someone to wait until they can talk to the person they want Can you hold on? I'll see if he's here.

hold somethingon

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to keep something in position These nuts and bolts hold the wheels on. The knob is only held on by duct tape.

hold on (to something/somebody)


hold on to something/somebody

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 to keep holding something or someone Hold on and don't let go until I say so. He held on to the back of the chair to stop himself from falling. It's very windy—you'd better hold on to your hat.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hold on