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English definition of “hold on”

hold on

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

(WAIT)

B1 informal used to tell someone to wait for a short time: Hold on, I'll check in my diary. C1 informal used to say that you are confused or surprised by something that you have just heard or read and want to understand it: Now hold on, Ed, that wasn't what we agreed at all! C1 to manage to stay alive or to deal with a difficult situation: We just had to hold on until help arrived.

(HOLD)

to hold something or someone firmly with your hands or arms: She held on tightly to his waist.
(Definition of hold on from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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