hold on

verb
held on; holding on; holds on

Definition of hold on

intransitive verb

1a : to maintain a condition or position : persist
b : to maintain a grasp on something : hang on
2 : to await something (such as a telephone connection) desired or requested broadly : wait
hold on to
: to maintain possession of or adherence to

Examples of hold on in a Sentence

the ancient beliefs still held on in remote mountain villages hold on a minute—it's not your turn

First Known Use of hold on

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hold on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20on. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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