hold on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold on
he/she/itholds on
present participleholding on
past tenseheld on
past participleheld on
  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. 4
    to manage to stay alive or continue to do something or deal with something in a difficult or dangerous situation

    You just have to hold on until the ambulance arrives.

  5. 5
    [always in imperative] used for telling someone to stop or wait

    Hold on! You forgot your card!

  6. 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.

See also main entry: hold