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English verb: hold on

1. hold on (contact) hold firmly


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

Narrower (hyponym)clasp, cling, hang, latch on

2. hold on (change) stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments

SamplesHold on a moment!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, interrupt

3. hold on (change) be persistent, refuse to stop

SamplesHe persisted to call me every night.
The child persisted and kept asking questions.

Synonymshang in, hang on, persevere, persist

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold

Narrower (hyponym)ask for it, ask for trouble, follow, obstinate, plug, plug away, stick to, stick with

4. hold on (communication) hold the phone line open

SamplesPlease hang on while I get your folder.

Synonymshang on, hold the line

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)await, expect, look, wait

Entailcall, call up, phone, ring, telephone

Domain categorytelephone, telephony

5. hold on (possession) retain possession of

SamplesCan I keep my old stuffed animals?.
She kept her maiden name after she married.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)have, have got, hold

Narrower (hyponym)carry over, deduct, deny, harbor, harbour, hive away, hold, hold back, hold over, keep back, lay in, preserve, put in, recoup, refuse, retain, salt away, save, stack away, stash away, store, store, withhold

Verb grouphold open, keep, keep open, save


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