hang on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyhang on
he/she/ithangs on
present participlehanging on
past tensehung on
past participlehung on
  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. 4
    [intransitive] to continue doing something and achieve success even though there are difficulties
  5. 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.

  6. 6
    hang on someone’s every word to listen very carefully to what someone is saying
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See also main entry: hang