[v] be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions"
[v] stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!"; "We broke at noon"
[v] hold the phone line open; "Please hang on while I get your folder"
[v] hold firmly
[v] retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
break, grasp, grip, hang in, hang on, hang on, hold the line, keep, persevere, persist, stop