hold on

hold on
verb
1. hold firmly (Freq. 5)
Syn: ↑grasp
Derivationally related forms: ↑grasp (for: ↑grasp), ↑grasping (for: ↑grasp)
Hypernyms: ↑hold, ↑take hold
Hyponyms: ↑latch on, ↑cling, ↑hang, ↑clasp
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

2. stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments (Freq. 4)
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Hold on a moment!

Syn: ↑stop
Derivationally related forms: ↑stop (for: ↑stop), ↑stoppage (for: ↑stop)
Hypernyms: ↑interrupt, ↑break
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

3. be persistent, refuse to stop (Freq. 2)
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he persisted to call me every night

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The child persisted and kept asking questions

Syn: ↑persevere, ↑persist, ↑hang in, ↑hang on
Derivationally related forms: ↑persistent (for: ↑persist), ↑persistency (for: ↑persist), ↑persistence (for: ↑persist), ↑perseveration (for: ↑persevere), ↑perseverance (for: ↑persevere)
Hypernyms: ↑continue, ↑uphold, ↑carry on, ↑bear on, ↑preserve
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

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Something is ——ing PP

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Somebody ——s to INFINITIVE

(for: ↑persist)
4. hold the phone line open (Freq. 1)
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Please hang on while I get your folder

Syn: ↑hang on, ↑hold the line
Topics: ↑telephone, ↑telephony
Hypernyms: ↑expect, ↑look, ↑await, ↑wait
Entailment: ↑call, ↑telephone, ↑call up, ↑phone, ↑ring
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

5. retain possession of
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Can I keep my old stuffed animals?

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She kept her maiden name after she married

Syn: ↑keep
Ant: ↑lose (for: ↑keep)
See Also: ↑keep back (for: ↑keep)
Derivationally related forms: ↑keeping (for: ↑keep)
Hypernyms: ↑have, ↑have got, ↑hold
Hyponyms:
carry over, ↑hold over, ↑deny, ↑refuse, ↑withhold, ↑deduct, ↑recoup, ↑save, ↑preserve, ↑store, ↑hive away, ↑lay in, ↑put in, ↑salt away, ↑stack away, ↑stash away, ↑retain, ↑hold, ↑keep back, ↑hold back, ↑harbor, ↑harbour
Verb Group: ↑keep open, ↑hold open, ↑keep, ↑save
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s PP


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