Hold On

How to Conjugate Hold On

  • Infinitive: Hold On
  • Present Tense: Hold On/ Holds On
  • -ing Form: Holding On
  • Past Tense: Held On
  • Past Participle: Held On
Hold On is a non-separable phrasal verb and has 3 definitions.

Definitions of Hold On:

1. When you wait for a short time.

Examples: The customer service person asked me to hold on while he gets the supervisor.
Do you mind holding on for a moment? I need to finish what I’m doing.

2. When you hold something tightly so you won’t fall off or get hurt. Hanging On can be used as an alternative.

Examples: How long am I supposed to hold on to this rope until help arrives? My arms are getting tired!
Hold on to my hand, and you won’t fall.

3. When you hold someone or something tightly to either protect them or prevent them from leaving or being taken.

Examples: I held on to my hat when the wind got strong, so I would lose it.
The boy held on to his mother on the first day of school. He didn’t want her to leave.

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