holding

[ hohl-ding ]
/ ˈhoʊl dɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that holds.
a section of land leased or otherwise tenanted, especially for agricultural purposes.
a company owned by a holding company.
Often holdings. legally owned property, especially stocks, bonds, or real estate.
holdings, Library Science. the entire collection of books, periodicals, and other materials in a library.
Sports. the illegal obstruction of an opponent, as in football, basketball, or ice hockey, by use of the hands, arms, or stick.

Origin of holding

First recorded in 1175–1225, holding is from the Middle English word holding. See hold1, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM holding

pre·hold·ing, noun

Definition for holding (2 of 2)

Origin of hold

1
before 900; Middle English holden, Old English h(e)aldan; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse halda, Old Saxon, Gothic haldan, Old High German haltan (German halten)

OTHER WORDS FROM hold

hold·a·ble, adjective

synonym study for hold

8. See have. 9. See contain. 11. See maintain.
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British Dictionary definitions for holding (1 of 3)

holding
/ (ˈhəʊldɪŋ) /

noun

land held under a lease and used for agriculture or similar purposes
(often plural) property to which the holder has legal title, such as land, stocks, shares, and other investments
sport the obstruction of an opponent with the hands or arms, esp in boxing

adjective

Australian informal in funds; having money

British Dictionary definitions for holding (2 of 3)

hold1
/ (həʊld) /

verb holds, holding or held (hɛld)

noun

Derived forms of hold

holdable, adjective

Word Origin for hold

Old English healdan; related to Old Norse halla, Gothic haldan, German halten

British Dictionary definitions for holding (3 of 3)

hold2
/ (həʊld) /

noun

the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo

Word Origin for hold

C16: variant of hole
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Idioms and Phrases with holding

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