Definition of on hold in English:

on hold

  • 1Waiting to be connected while making a telephone call: ‘I’ll just see if he’s free,’ Rachel said, and put me on hold
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    • However for consumers, five minutes of waiting on hold, can undo years of advertising and brand exposure.
    • Businesses even need a licence to play music on their telephone line when customers are put on hold.
    • People trapped in fires don't want to be stuck on hold listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons
  • 1.1Temporarily not being dealt with or pursued: he has had to put his career on hold
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    • Many deals have been put on hold, and may be shelved for months if the market falls flat on its face for a prolonged period.
    • It will not be surprising if all football activities are put on hold because of these ongoing squabbles.
    • But discussions look set to be put on hold because of an ongoing problem regarding the new access road.
    Synonyms
    postpone, put off, put back, hold off, defer, delay, adjourn, shelve, suspend, hold in abeyance; North American put over, take a rain check on
    informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage, mothball
    rare remit, respite
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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
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