hold on to (something)

Definition of hold on to (something)

  1. 1 :  to have or keep one's hand, arms, etc., tightly around (something) The steps are slippery; you'd better hold on to the railing.

  2. 2 :  to keep possession of (something) She's trying very hard to hold on to her money. He has managed to hold on to his lead in the polls. :  to not lose or give up (something) Despite all his troubles, he has somehow held on to his faith in himself.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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