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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold on
he/she/itholds on
present participleholding on
past tenseheld on
past participleheld on
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  1. 1
    to hold something tightly or carefully so that you do not drop it or do not fall
    hold on tight: Hold on tight everyone – the driver’s getting ready to go.
  2. 2
    to wait
    We’ll hold on another minute, then we’ll have to go.
    Can you hurry up in the bathroom – I can’t hold on much longer.
  3. 3
    to keep trying to win or succeed
    Aberdeen held on to go level with Motherwell.
  4. 6
    [always in imperative] used for telling someone to listen or think
    Hold on, that won’t work.
    Now hold on a minute! I never said that.
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