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English verb: hold on

1. hold on (contact) hold firmly


Synonymsgrasp


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!.


Synonymsstop


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.


Synonymskeep


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


Antonymslose









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