hold on Definition in Cambridge British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "hold on" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

hold on

phrasal verb with hold uk   /həʊld/  us   /hoʊld/ verb (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.
More examples

(HOLD)

to hold something or someone firmly with your hands or arms: She held on tightly to his waist.
More examples
Translations of “hold on”
in Korean 잠시만 기다려…
in Arabic اِنْتَظِر…
in Portuguese esperar…
in Catalan esperar…
in Japanese 待つ…
in Italian aspettare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 等待, 等一下…
in Russian ждать, держаться, ухватиться…
in Turkish beklemek, durmak, sağlam tutmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 等待, 等一下…
in Polish zaczekać, trzymać się…
(Definition of hold on from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hold on?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hold on” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
sprint

a short and very fast race, such as the 100 metres, or the last part of a longer race that is run as fast as possible

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More