[ hohl-ding ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that holds.

  2. a section of land leased or otherwise tenanted, especially for agricultural purposes.

  1. a company owned by a holding company.

  2. Often holdings. legally owned property, especially stocks, bonds, or real estate.

  3. holdings, Library Science. the entire collection of books, periodicals, and other materials in a library.

  4. 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

Words Nearby holding

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British Dictionary definitions for holding


/ (ˈhəʊldɪŋ) /

  1. land held under a lease and used for agriculture or similar purposes

  2. (often plural) property to which the holder has legal title, such as land, stocks, shares, and other investments

  1. sport the obstruction of an opponent with the hands or arms, esp in boxing

  1. Australian informal in funds; having money

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