hold on to
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to take hold of)
a. agarrarse a
I held on to the rope and screamed for help.Me agarré a la cuerda y grité pidiendo socorro.
b. asirse a
The baby held on to my finger and seemed to smile at me.El bebé se asió a mi dedo y parecía sonreírme.
c. asir
She held on to the handrail tightly, as if afraid she was going to fall.Asió la baranda con fuerza, como si temiera caer.
d. agarrar
Nigel held on to his briefcase with both hands so that nobody would take it from him.Nigel agarró la cartera con ambas manos, para que nadie se la quitara.
2. (to keep)
a. aferrarse a
Chris still held on to the hope that Lorna would come back to him.Chris seguía aferrándose a la esperanza de que Lorna volviera con él.
b. mantener
The Saints held on to their half-time lead and won the game.Los Saints mantuvieron la ventaja que tenían en el descanso y ganaron el partido.
c. guardar
Hold on to the receipt in case you need to return it.Guarda el recibo por si tienes que devolverlo.
d. conservar
You'll be lucky if you hold on to your job after this.Serás afortunado si conservas tu trabajo después de esto.
e. quedarse con
I lent her a gold bracelet and she held on to it!Le presté una pulsera de oro y ¡se la quedó!
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
3. (imperative; take hold of; used to address one person)
a. agárrate de
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
The floor is slippery. Hold on to me or you'll fall.El piso está resbaloso. Agárrate de mí o te vas a caer.
4. (imperative; keep; used to address one person)
a. mantén
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
The missing child will appear. Hold on to hope.El niño perdido va a aparecer. Mantén la esperanza.
b. conserva
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Hold onto your dreams and work hard to make them come true.Conserva tus sueños y trabaja duro para que se conviertan en realidad.
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hold on to
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (grip tightly; to stop oneself from falling)
a. agarrarse a
2. (to stop something from falling)
a. agarrar
3. (fig)
a. aferrarse a (idea, hope)
4. (keep)
a. guardar, conservar
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hold on to
intransitive verb
1 (grasp) agarrarse a; agarrarse de
2 (keep) guardar; quedarse con; (retain) aferrarse a; [+post] retener;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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