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To young to hold on and to old to just break free and run.
Jeff Buckley

Meaning of "hold on" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HOLD ON

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HOLD ON

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Hold on is a verb and can also act as an exclamation.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb hold on in English.



Exclamation is an expression or voice that reflects an emotion or exaltation.

WHAT DOES HOLD ON MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of hold on in the English dictionary

The first definition of hold on in the dictionary is to maintain a firm grasp. Other definition of hold on is to continue or persist. Hold on is also to keep or retain.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HOLD ON

PRESENT

Present
I hold on
you hold on
he/she/it holds on
we hold on
you hold on
they hold on
Present continuous
I am holding on
you are holding on
he/she/it is holding on
we are holding on
you are holding on
they are holding on
Present perfect
I have held on
you have held on
he/she/it has held on
we have held on
you have held on
they have held on
Present perfect continuous
I have been holding on
you have been holding on
he/she/it has been holding on
we have been holding on
you have been holding on
they have been holding on
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I held on
you held on
he/she/it held on
we held on
you held on
they held on
Past continuous
I was holding on
you were holding on
he/she/it was holding on
we were holding on
you were holding on
they were holding on
Past perfect
I had held on
you had held on
he/she/it had held on
we had held on
you had held on
they had held on
Past perfect continuous
I had been holding on
you had been holding on
he/she/it had been holding on
we had been holding on
you had been holding on
they had been holding on
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will hold on
you will hold on
he/she/it will hold on
we will hold on
you will hold on
they will hold on
Future continuous
I will be holding on
you will be holding on
he/she/it will be holding on
we will be holding on
you will be holding on
they will be holding on
Future perfect
I will have held on
you will have held on
he/she/it will have held on
we will have held on
you will have held on
they will have held on
Future perfect continuous
I will have been holding on
you will have been holding on
he/she/it will have been holding on
we will have been holding on
you will have been holding on
they will have been holding on
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would hold on
you would hold on
he/she/it would hold on
we would hold on
you would hold on
they would hold on
Conditional continuous
I would be holding on
you would be holding on
he/she/it would be holding on
we would be holding on
you would be holding on
they would be holding on
Conditional perfect
I would have hold on
you would have hold on
he/she/it would have hold on
we would have hold on
you would have hold on
they would have hold on
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been holding on
you would have been holding on
he/she/it would have been holding on
we would have been holding on
you would have been holding on
they would have been holding on
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you hold on
we let´s hold on
you hold on
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to hold on
Past participle
held on
Present Participle
holding on
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HOLD ON

hold back
hold court
hold down
hold for
hold forth
hold in
hold it!
hold off
hold on like grim death
hold one´s breath
hold one´s hand
hold one´s head high
hold one´s horses
hold one´s own
hold one´s peace
hold one´s tongue
hold out
hold out for
hold out on
hold over

WORDS THAT END LIKE HOLD ON

crooked on
dead on
draw a bead on
end on
grind on
hand on
have a load on
have one´s head screwed on
have the wood on
head on
lead on
not have a leg to stand on
off and on
on and on
put the hard word on
put the lid on
round on
sold on
stand on

Synonyms and antonyms of hold on in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HOLD ON»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «hold on» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of hold on

Translation of «hold on» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HOLD ON

Find out the translation of hold on to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of hold on from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «hold on» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

抓住
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

agarrar
570 millions of speakers

English

hold on
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रूको
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَنْتَظِرُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

держать(ся)
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

aguentar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অপেক্ষা কর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

patienter
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bertahan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

festhalten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

しっかりつかまる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

꽉 잡고 있다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Terus
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nắm chặt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பிடி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

धरुन ठेवा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tut
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

aspettare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

trzymać się
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

тримати(ся)
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se ține
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προσκολλώμαι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hou op
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hålla fast
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

holde fast
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of hold on

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLD ON»

The term «hold on» is very widely used and occupies the 6.294 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLD ON» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «hold on» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «hold on» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about hold on

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10 QUOTES WITH «HOLD ON»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word hold on.
1
Grace Abbott
I stand on the sidewalk watching it because the responsibility is mine and I must, I take a very firm hold on the handles of the baby carriage and I wheel it into the traffic.
2
Bella Abzug
As women, we know that we must always find ways to change the process because the present institutions want to hold on to power and keep the status quo.
3
Candice Accola
There's so many great designers. I'm a little bit of a vintage junkie when it comes to going out. I like to get unique pieces that you won't see everyone wearing, but at the same time I don't like to break the bank. I like to find great vintage pieces that you can hold on to for a long time.
4
Avicii
House music originated in America, and it has always been around, but I guess it just got a tighter hold on Europe and other parts of the world.
5
Robert Baden-Powell
To get a hold on boys you must be their friend.
6
John Barton
My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end.
7
Bodhidharma
Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us.
8
Bill Brandt
A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere.
9
Jeff Buckley
To young to hold on and to old to just break free and run.
10
Pete Carroll
Dancers work and they work and they work, and they master their skills so far that improvisation just comes flowing out of them. Their natural expression of the best they can possibly be comes out of them because there is no boundary to hold them back... That's the mentality that I'm trying to create, recreate and hold on to forever.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HOLD ON»

Discover the use of hold on in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to hold on and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Hold On
Alan tells John's story in an unsentimental and compassionate novel, but he also tells Annie's story which is as much about moving on and looking forward to the future, as about the tragic waste of a young life.
Alan Gibbons, 2010
2
Hold On, You Lost Me!: Use Learning Styles to Create ...
Use this book to drive the gold standard of learning and presentations - increase performance and understanding on the job
Bernice McCarthy, Jeanine O'Neill-Blackwell, 2007
3
Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women
Pimps Up, Ho’s Down turns down the volume and amplifies the substance of discussions about hip hop culture and to provide a space for young black women to be heard.
T. Denean Denean Sharpley-Whiting, 2007
4
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
Adults through the ages have complained about children being less respectful of their elders and more difficult to manage than preceding generations, but could it be that this time it is for real? -- from Hold On to Your Kids From the ...
Gordon Neufeld, Gabor Mate, M.D., 2011
5
iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and ...
Rosen teaches us how to stay human in an increasingly technological world.
Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D., 2012
6
Going Broke : Why Americans Can't Hold On To Their Money: ...
Over the last three decades, debt, bankruptcy, and home foreclosures have risen to epidemic levels. To make matters worse, the personal savings rate is at its lowest point since the Great Depression.
New London Stuart Vyse Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department Connecticut College, 2007
7
Hold on to Your N.U.T.s*: The Relationship Manual for Men
Being a man is a full-time job, especially when you?re married or in a relationship.
Wayne M. Levine, 2007
8
Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown ...
Tim Lawrence traces Russell’s odyssey from his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa, to countercultural San Francisco, and eventually to New York, where he lived from 1973 until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1992.
Tim Lawrence, 2009
9
Hold On, Mr. President
The outspoken White House correspondent for ABC News offers insights into the high-pressure complexities of national news reporting, discusses his colleagues and friends, and explains what it's like to provoke presidents
Sam Donaldson, 1988
10
Hold On To Me
She keeps a secret buried in the past. He wants the truth—now. But an unknown killer could destroy their future. Book Three in the Hearts of the South series.
Linda Winfree, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HOLD ON»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term hold on is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Sri Lanka hold on to seal tricky chase | Sri Lanka v Pakistan Cricket …
No. of fifty-plus scores by Azhar Ali in the eight ODIs that he has captained. He has made 537 runs at an average of 67.00 ... «ESPNcricinfo.com, Jul 15»
2
Woodchucks Hold on for 9-8 Win Over Kingfish
Wausau, WIS – The Wisconsin Woodchucks held on in the ninth inning Wednesday night to defeat the Kenosha Kingfish 9-8 at Athletic Park. «WSAW, Jul 15»
3
India's slippery hold on Farzad-B gas field | Business Standard News
Reeling under sanctions, Iran's hydrocarbon resources have been tied to the country for the past few years even though it hosts the world's ... «Business Standard, Jul 15»
4
Everton FC transfer rumours: Blues confident they can hold on to …
Everton's James McCarthy, center, dribbles past Stoke City's Joselu, right, in their soccer match for the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore, ... «Liverpool Echo, Jul 15»
5
Drive hold on to open homestand with win - The Greenville News
Greenville rallied for five runs during its final three at-bats Tuesday night and then sweated through the ninth inning to defeat Augusta 7-6. «Greenville News, Jul 15»
6
Summer League, Game 4: Wizards hold on for victory | Comcast …
We knew Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Washington Wizards would play at least one more game after Wednesday. We just didn't know if that future ... «Comcast SportsNet Washington, Jul 15»
7
(SINA) to Hold on Valuation - StreetInsider.com
Deutsche Bank Downgrades SINA Corporation (SINA) to Hold on Valuation. Article Stock Quotes (1) Comments (0). FREE Breaking News ... «StreetInsider.com, Jul 15»
8
Jefferies Reiterates Hold on Yum! Brands (YUM) Following 2Q Results
Jefferies reiterates a Hold rating and $76.00 price target on Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) following 2Q earnings results. YUM reported 2Q EPS of ... «StreetInsider.com, Jul 15»
9
Australian markets hold on to gains. - News: Australian Stock, Share …
The Australian share market has closed higher, with a collective sigh of relief from investors after the Greek parliament approved that nation's ... «Trading Room, Jul 15»
10
Hannibal Cavemen can't hold on to lead against Rex, lose 4-3 - Sports
It seemed as though the Hannibal Cavemen would secure their first win this season against the top team in the Prospect League after a strong ... «Hannibal.net, Jul 15»

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