Share this entry

hold on

Definition of hold on in English:

1 [often in imperative] Wait; stop: hold on a minute, I’ll be right back!
More example sentences
  • It looks safe outside, but they're still telling us that the air is bad, so I'm holding on and waiting for a few days.
  • But hold on a minute - are we still talking about children's choices here, or our own?
  • But hold on a minute, he is having an affair with his secretary because he is famous?
wait, wait a minute, just a moment, just a second, stay here, stay put, remain here;
informalhang on, hang around, stick around, sit tight, hold your horses
British informalhang about
archaic or , literarytarry
2Endure in difficult circumstances: if only they could hold on a little longer
More example sentences
  • We discussed what makes certain people hold on in extreme circumstances.
  • Mark Potts was the club's sole representative in the under-15s race, holding on for a respectable 23rd position.
  • At the finish they were holding on for dear life and with St. Josephs coming at them in waves Bobby Miller must have been relieved to hear the final whistle.
See parent entry: hold

Definition of hold on in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources