hold on to

hold on to
phrasal verb hold on to or hold onto [transitive]
Word forms "hold on to":
present tense I/you/we/they hold on to he/she/it holds on to present participle holding on to past tense held on to past participle held on to
1) hold on to something to hold something tightly or carefully so that you do not drop it or do not fall

Hold on to the seat in front when we go round the corner.

Hold onto your bag, won't you?

2) hold on to something to not lose something, or to not let someone else have it

Hold on to the instructions in case you have any problems.

3) hold on to something to continue feeling or believing something

I always held on to the belief that one day he would succeed.

4) hold on to someone to stop someone from leaving you or from doing what they want

A mother can't hold on to her children for ever.


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