stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments;
"Hold on a moment!"
be persistent, refuse to stop;
"he persisted to call me every night"
"The child persisted and kept asking questions"
hold the phone line open;
"Please hang on while I get your folder"
retain possession of;
"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"
"She kept her maiden name after she married"
- He held on to the rock to stop himself slipping.
- These nuts and bolts hold the wheels on.
- You should hold on to your oil shares.
- They managed to hold on until help arrived.
- He swallowed the insults and kept on working.
- He gritted his teeth and resolved to hold out.
- Hold on,please. I'll see if he's in his office.