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hold on

phrasal verb with hold  us   /hoʊld/ verb (past tense and past participle held  /held/ )
to ​wait, esp. for someone to ​speak: She’s on the other ​line – can you hold on?
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"hold on" in British English

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hold on

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

B1 informal used to ​tell someone to ​wait for a ​shorttime: 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 ​stayalive or to ​deal with a ​difficultsituation: We just had to ​hold on until ​helparrived.

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  • (HOLD)

to ​hold something or someone ​firmly with ​yourhands or ​arms: She ​held on ​tightly to his ​waist.

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"hold on" in Business English

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hold on

informal
phrasal verb with hold uk   us   /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)
Translations of “hold on”
in Arabic اِنْتَظِر…
in Korean 잠시만 기다려…
in Portuguese esperar…
in Catalan esperar…
in Japanese 待つ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 等待, 等一下…
in Turkish beklemek, durmak, sağlam tutmak…
in Russian ждать, держаться, ухватиться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 等待, 等一下…
in Italian aspettare…
in Polish zaczekać, trzymać się…
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