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English verb: hang on

1. hang on (contact) fix to; attach

SamplesAppend a charm to the necklace.

Synonymsappend, tack, tack on, tag on

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

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)subjoin

2. hang on (change) be persistent, refuse to stop

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

Synonymshang in, hold 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

3. hang on (communication) hold the phone line open

SamplesPlease hang on while I get your folder.

Synonymshold on, hold the line

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)await, expect, look, wait

Entailcall, call up, phone, ring, telephone

Domain categorytelephone, telephony

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