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 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 The Pioneer Press talked with Gibson, the lone holdover from Minnesota’s 66-win team in 2013, this week about playing for a winner, roster transformation and Gibson’s potential postseason debut. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "‘It’s pretty special’: Twins’ elder statesman, pitcher Kyle Gibson, finally experiences division title chase," 13 Sep. 2019 Kuzma is the lone holdover of Los Angeles' previous young core entering 2019-20. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kyle Kuzma Says He Can Be a 'Superstar' Next to LeBron James, Anthony Davis," 8 Aug. 2019 But the president has soured on Shulkin, the only Obama era holdover in Trump’s Cabinet, amid widely reported turmoil within VA’s senior ranks. Washington Post, "Trump eyes ‘Fox & Friends’ personality Pete Hegseth to take over Veterans Affairs," 15 Mar. 2018 The holdovers: Kenyan Drake, Charles Harris, Reshad Jones, DeVante Parker, and Cordrea Tankersley. BostonGlobe.com, "PREDICTION, OR DO YOU THINK DAN MARINO STILL GIVES HIS RECEIVERS ISOTONER GLOVES FOR CHRISTMAS?," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hastings held over 100 meetings for his company’s most recent round of funding, which ultimately raised $114 million, enough to fund the company’s first clinical trials. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "It’s tiny biotechs — not big drug makers — that fear ‘nuclear winter’ from Pelosi’s drug pricing bill," 12 Nov. 2019 Broughton holds over 25 offers including Texas A&M, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, USC and others. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Cy Ridge moving in right direction under new coach Andrew Shanle," 28 Sep. 2019 The recount is the result of the slim 16-vote lead that Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds over her opponent, Tiffany Cabán, in the June 25 primary. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Queens District Attorney Primary Could Take Weeks to Call," 10 July 2019 Newcastle United, Everton, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are poised to break the monopoly that the top clubs hold over the other 14 sides in the English top flight. SI.com, "Premier League 2019/20: Assessing Who Can Break the 'Big Six' Next Season," 6 June 2019 Russia and Ukraine swapped prisoners who had been held over the conflict in east Ukraine. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 Sep. 2019 The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder was the 17-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore and holds over 15 offers including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas and others. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Cy Park welcomes ‘measuring stick’ in experienced Cy-Fair," 4 Sep. 2019 The last time a college all-star team beat an NFL champion was 1963, a loss Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi held over his players for years. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "NFL at 100: How college football became pipeline to NFL," 8 Aug. 2019 If that rate holds over the next four years, a school like Wisconsin will get $100 million more in distributed revenue than one of college football’s thoroughbreds, USC. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Striving Towards an Enhanced On-Field Product," 24 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of holdover was in 1647

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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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