Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

hang on

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb
Word Forms
Close
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:
    hang on tight:

    Just sit still and hang on tight!

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of hang on
  2. 2
    [intransitive] [often in imperative] mainly British 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 blood test.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to continue doing something and achieve success even though there are difficulties

    The visiting team hung on for a narrow victory.

  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.

See also main entry: hang

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog