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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
  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


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