(third-person singular simple present onholds, present participle onholding, simple past onheld, past participle onheld or onholden)
- (rare) To hold on (to).
- (intransitive, rare) To hold on.
From Middle English anhealden (“to retain”), from Old English onhealdan (“to hold, keep”), equivalent to on- + hold. Cognate with Dutch aanhouden (“to persist, continue, retain”) and onthouden (“to withhold, retain”), German anhalten (“to stop, last, persist”) and enthalten (“to contain, include”).