closely held


Definition of closely held

: having most stock shares and voting rights in the hands of a few a closely held business

Examples of closely held in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the substance of those conversations remain closely held, some Democrats and outside analysts now expect a possible agreement could raise roughly $1 trillion in revenue and spend about $500 billion over a decade. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 28 May 2022 Leaders conferred mostly in private, limiting the number of people allowed in their meeting rooms to keep their sensitive plans closely held. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 The visit information is typically closely held so that the dissemination of any information that may be advantageous to an adversary is minimized. Bydonald J. Mihalek, ABC News, 9 May 2022 Most of the action turns on a 2020 launch, and the failures preceding it, that was crucial to the future of SpaceX as a closely held entity with a prominent, if not dominant, role in this country’s space exploration. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 His closely held holding company has investments in more than 450 businesses. Benjamin Stupples,, 31 Mar. 2022 When pressed why Turkish citizenship would be an issue, given that the country is a NATO ally, Sullivan said the country isn't part of a group of nations that the U.S. shares more closely held intelligence with. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 16 Mar. 2022 Aides and lawmakers said that the details of the legislation have been closely held by leadership, leaving most of Congress without visibility into the complete contents of the bill. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 The internal finances of MLB teams are closely held except for one — the Atlanta Braves, which are owned by the public company Liberty Media and therefore disclose their numbers publicly. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of closely held

1946, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2022

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“Closely held.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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closely held

close·​ly held | \ ˈklōs-lē-ˈheld \

Legal Definition of closely held

: having most stock shares and corporate voting rights in the hands of a few shareholders


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