1. [verb] hold firmly
    Synonyms: grasp

  2. [verb] stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!"
    Synonyms: stop

  3. [verb] be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
    Synonyms: persevere, persist, hang in, hang on

  4. [verb] hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
    Synonyms: hang on, hold the line

  5. [verb] retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
    Synonyms: keep


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