Definition of Hold on
1. Verb. Hold firmly.
Specialized synonyms: Latch On, Cling, Hang, Clasp
Generic synonyms: Hold, Take Hold
Derivative terms: Grasp, Grasping
2. Verb. Stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments. "Hold on a moment!"
3. Verb. Be persistent, refuse to stop. "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
Specialized synonyms: Obstinate, Ask For It, Ask For Trouble, Plug, Plug Away, Follow, Stick To, Stick With
Generic synonyms: Bear On, Carry On, Continue, Preserve, Uphold
Derivative terms: Perseverance, Perseveration, Perseveration, Persistence, Persistency, Persistent
4. Verb. Hold the phone line open. "Please hang on while I get your folder"
Category relationships: Telephone, Telephony
Generic synonyms: Await, Expect, Look, Wait
Entails: Call, Call Up, Phone, Ring, Telephone
5. Verb. Retain possession of. "They hold on the money "; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
Specialized synonyms: Carry Over, Hold Over, Deny, Refuse, Deduct, Recoup, Withhold, Preserve, Save, Hive Away, Lay In, Put In, Salt Away, Stack Away, Stash Away, Store, Store, Hold, Hold Back, Keep Back, Retain, Harbor, Harbour
Generic synonyms: Have, Have Got, Hold
Related verbs: Hold Open, Keep, Keep Open, Save
Also: Keep Back, Keep Back
Derivative terms: Keeping
Definition of Hold on
1. Verb. To grasp or grip firmly. ¹
2. Verb. (idiomatic) To keep; to store something for someone. ¹
3. Verb. (idiomatic) Wait a short while. ¹
4. Verb. (idiomatic) To remain loyal. ¹
5. Verb. (idiomatic) To persist ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Hold On
Literary usage of Hold on
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"It was hard, when I had fastened my hold on him, at last, to loosen it again of my own accord—but I forced myself to make the sacrifice. ..."
2. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana (1897)
"... bringing up with a sudden jerk, which made it necessary to hold on with both hands, and then sweeping off in another long, irregular curve. ..."
3. Israel in Egypt: Sacred Oratorio by George Frideric Handel, Georg Friedrich Händel, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Horace Wadham Nicholl (1900)
"... hold on them. hold on th'em. hold,. shall take hold on \ hold, them. on them, shall take hold on them. ..."
4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"We hold on the authority of Hewitt v. Schul tz that it was beyond the power of the Secretary to make such an order in respect of lands within the indemnity ..."