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English definition of “hold on”

hold on

informal phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ verb (held, held)
[I] to wait while someone else does something, especially when you are using the phone: Can you hold on? I'll try to connect you. Hold on, I'll be with you in a minute.
[I] to continue to do something difficult while waiting for help: Can you hold on for just a few more minutes? Then you can take a break.
(Definition of hold on from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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