hold·​over | \ ˈhōld-ˌō-vər How to pronounce holdover (audio) \

Definition of holdover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is held over

hold over

held over; holding over; holds over

Definition of hold over (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to continue (as in office) for a prolonged period

transitive verb

b : to retain in a condition or position from an earlier period
2 : to prolong the engagement of the film was held over another week

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Examples of holdover in a Sentence

Noun He is the only holdover from their last championship team. This policy is a holdover from the previous administration. Verb the golf tournament had to be held over until the line of thunderstorms had passed through
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some insiders suspect that both reports sprung from a rogue leaker in the building, possibly a holdover from the previous coach/GM regime. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers are brimming with confidence and can smell the opportunity," 26 July 2019 When Julio Jones had his contract adjusted on the eve of training camp last summer, it was described as a holdover until the Falcons began negotiations for a contract extension in 2019. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "No Julio Holdout, Plus More NFL Notes," 8 July 2019 The lone holdover from Buck Showalter’s staff on the club’s 2019 staff, Clark was drafted by the Orioles in 1992 and made his major league debut with them a decade later. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles coaches Arnie Beyeler, Howie Clark won’t return in 2020," 3 Oct. 2019 The lone holdover from First Team is lineman Paula Vailpulu. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park opens district with crucial contest against the Falcons," 26 Sep. 2019 Love and Thompson are holdovers from the championship team but are now just babysitters. BostonGlobe.com, "Teams are listed in predicted order of finish.," 23 Oct. 2019 That trio of new releases outperformed a pair of strong holdovers. Washington Post, "‘Downton Abbey’ overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office," 22 Sep. 2019 That trio of new releases outperformed a pair of strong holdovers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Downton Abbey’ overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office," 22 Sep. 2019 Many toxic waste dumps that still pose a threat to communities are holdovers from the era prior to 1976. Claire Wolters, National Geographic, "Toxic waste, explained," 26 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The election was held over the weekend at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. USA TODAY, "Poultry pardons, synthetic frogs, Freedom Rocks: News from around our 50 states," 26 Nov. 2019 The other two semifinal spots also held over from last week: No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Georgia. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football holds at No. 2 in College Football Playoff ranking behind LSU," 20 Nov. 2019 The 2019 Creative Arts Emmys were held over two nights (Sept. 14 and 15) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 'Free Solo' Sweeps Creative Arts Categories, Including Direction, Cinematography," 15 Sep. 2019 The leverage Amazon holds over its delivery contractors was at the heart of bankruptcy proceedings for one such company, Tenet Concepts, last year in Fort Worth. Patricia Callahan, New York Times, "The Human Cost of Amazon’s Fast, Free Shipping," 5 Sep. 2019 If one more candidate hits the threshold, the event will be held over two nights, with slots randomly assigned. Kathleen Hunter, Fortune, "Poll Shows All Five Top 2020 Democrats Beating Trump," 28 Aug. 2019 The draft was held over three days in late April in Nashville. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 The 18th Annual Moose Nugget Regatta, a 1,000-meter sprint rowing regatta, was held over the weekend on Wasilla Lake. Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News, "Rowers sprint across Wasilla Lake at Moose Nugget Regatta," 23 July 2019 The debate features 20 candidates and will be held over two nights — Tuesday July 30th and Wednesday July 31st. NBC News, "Lineups set for second round of Democratic debates," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of holdover


1893, in the meaning defined above


1647, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of holdover was in 1647

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11 Dec 2019

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“Holdover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Holdovers. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of holdover

US : someone or something that remains or is kept from an earlier time

Legal Definition of hold over

: to remain in a position or condition one who holds over in possession of a building after the expiration of a term of years— B. N. Cardozo

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