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Definition 1: be persistent, refuse to stop - [verb of change]

Samples where hold on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he persisted to call me every night
  • The child persisted and kept asking questions

Synonyms for hold on in the sense of this definition

(hold on is a kind of ...) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

"preserve the peace in the family" "continue the family tradition" "Carry on the old traditions"

(... is a kind of hold on ) persist stubbornly

"he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"

(... is a kind of hold on ) persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble

"He is asking for trouble with his behavior"

(... is a kind of hold on ) persist in working hard

"Students must plug away at this problem"

(... is a kind of hold on ) keep to

"Stick to your principles" "stick to the diet"

Definition 2: stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments - [verb of change]

Samples where hold on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hold on a moment!

Synonyms for hold on in the sense of this definition

(hold on is a kind of ...) terminate

"She interrupted her pregnancy" "break a lucky streak" "break the cycle of poverty"

Definition 3: hold the phone line open - [verb of communication]

Samples where hold on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please hang on while I get your folder

Synonyms for hold on in the sense of this definition

(hold on is a kind of ...) look forward to the probable occurrence of

"We were expecting a visit from our relatives" "She is looking to a promotion" "he is waiting to be drafted"

(hold on implies ...) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

"I tried to call you all night" "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"

(hold on belongs to category ...) transmitting speech at a distance

Definition 4: hold firmly - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for hold on in the sense of this definition

(hold on is a kind of ...) have or hold in one's hands or grip

"Hold this bowl for a moment, please" "A crazy idea took hold of him"

(... is a kind of hold on ) take hold of or attach to

"The biochip latches onto the genes"

(... is a kind of hold on ) hold on tightly or tenaciously

"hang on to your father's hands" "The child clung to his mother's apron"

(... is a kind of hold on ) hold firmly and tightly

Definition 5: retain possession of - [verb of possession]

Samples where hold on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Can I keep my old stuffed animals?
  • She kept her maiden name after she married

Synonyms for hold on in the sense of this definition

(hold on is a kind of ...) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

"She has $1,000 in the bank" "He has got two beautiful daughters" "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

(... is a kind of hold on ) hold over goods to be sold for the next season

(... is a kind of hold on ) secure and keep for possible future use or application

"The landlord retained the security deposit" "I reserve the right to disagree"

(... is a kind of hold on ) find a place for and put away for storage

"where should we stow the vegetables?" "I couldn't store all the books in the attic so I sold some"

(... is a kind of hold on ) keep or lay aside for future use

"store grain for the winter" "The bear stores fat for the period of hibernation when he doesn't eat"

(... is a kind of hold on ) to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

"She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"

(... is a kind of hold on ) retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments

"My employer is withholding taxes"

(... is a kind of hold on ) refuse to let have

"She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her her weekly allowance"

(... is a kind of hold on ) keep in one's possession; of animals

(hold on has a similar meaning as ...) retain rights to

"keep my job for me while I give birth" "keep my seat, please" "keep open the possibility of a merger"

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