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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhang on
he/she/ithangs on
present participlehanging on
past tensehung on
past participlehung on
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to hold tightly to something
    hang on to: The train rattled along and we both hung on to the straps.
    hang on tight: Just sit still and hang on tight!
  2. 2
    [intransitive] [often in imperative] spoken to wait or be patient
    I think we should hang on and see the end of the game.
  3. 3
    [transitive]hang on something to depend on something
    Everything hangs on the result of the last race.
  4. 5
    [intransitive] [always in imperative] British spoken used for saying that you have just realized something
    Hang on a minute! That isn’t the dress she was wearing earlier.
  5. 6
    hang on someone’s every word to listen very carefully to what someone is saying
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