Translation of "hold on" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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hold on

phrasal verb with hold uk /həʊld/ us /hoʊld/ verb held, held


B1 informal used to tell someone to wait for a short time

Hold on, I'll check in my diary. 等一下,我要查查我的记事簿。

More examples

  • "Are you ready?" "No, hold on."
  • Hold on. I'll be ready in just a moment.
  • Hold on! I'm not ready.
  • We've got to go now. We can't hold on any longer.
  • Hold on. I need to find my glasses.


to hold something or someone firmly with your hands or arms

She held on tightly to his waist. 她紧紧抱住了他的腰。

More examples

  • He took my hand and held on very tightly.
  • She grabbed the door handle and held on, even when the car drove off.
  • While I'm up the ladder, you just hold on at the bottom.
  • Grab the rope and hold on - then we'll pull you in.
  • Why on earth did you let go of the wheel? You've got to hold on all the time while the vehicle is moving.

(Translation of “hold on” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)