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 In January 2019, the Board issued an apology and a new 19-member board was approved by the Birmingham City Council, led by new board president Isaac Cooper, one of few holdovers from the previous board. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "BCRI President and CEO Andrea L. Taylor resigns," 17 Apr. 2020 As squad sizes expand with incoming freshman who have been promised scholarship aid, what happens to the aid packages of the holdovers? oregonlive, "Granting athletes in spring sports another season of eligibility creates other problems: Oregon track & field rundown," 31 Mar. 2020 And in 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to head the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, making her one of the rare holdovers from the last administration. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Immunologist, mother, granddaughter: How Dr. Deborah Birx is humanizing the coronavirus pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 While Hollywood studios have canceled most upcoming films, this weekend is going forward with a slate of new releases and holdovers. NBC News, "What if hospital run out of ventilators amid COVID-19 crisis?," 13 Mar. 2020 Sydney Lockard's layup gives Dixie Heights 54-52 win in Ninth Region Tournament Cincinnati Enquirer Sydney Lockard is one of the main holdovers from last year’s Ninth Region runner-up team for the Dixie Heights girls basketball team. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Dixie Heights wins thriller in 9th Region to earn date with reigning state champ Ryle," 5 Mar. 2020 This frenzy of transactions has been a bit startling for the few holdovers from Golden State’s recent dynasty, a five-year run marked by roster continuity. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How the Warriors are navigating a midseason roster overhaul," 7 Feb. 2020 Love is one of four holdovers from the Cavs' 2016 championship team, with LeBron James, Tristan Thompson and JR Smith. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Kevin Love the next puzzle piece to place in Cavaliers' playoff picture," 8 Feb. 2018 Whether this is confirmation that Square Enix is planning a PC port of FFVIIR is unclear, however, since such text could be a holdover from pre-release Unreal Engine 4 tests. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rodeo is generally held over the Fourth of July, with events beginning June 30. oregonlive, "2020 St. Paul Rodeo canceled because of coronavirus concerns," 1 May 2020 The South Dakota Republican confirmed that GOP senators have been voicing hostility to more expensive rescue packages during private, members-only conference calls held over the past several days. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump and McConnell headed toward clash over coronavirus spending," 26 Apr. 2020 The ship, which holds over 1,000 beds, will carry over 1,200 medical personnel to aid in the city's response to the crisis. CBS News, "President Trump sees off Navy hospital ship headed for New York," 28 Mar. 2020 Sanders' 15-point lead over Biden is nearly twice as large as any lead Biden has held over Sanders and the rest of the field in ABC/Post polling this cycle. Rick Klein And, ABC News, "The Note: Bloomberg set for debate spotlight amid Sanders' rise," 19 Feb. 2020 The venue had changed and bouts were held over three days instead of the traditional five. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Golden Gloves back for encore after two-year layoff," 13 Feb. 2020 The mansion comes with 14-foot groin vaulted ceilings, sliding glass walls and a wine room that holds over 930 bottles. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Head of CorePower Yoga fitness chain purchases Scottsdale estate for $5.4M," 27 Jan. 2020 The equalizer crashed Putin's party and bent his hold over Russians who were confused, scared and dying daily from COVID-19. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Russians fed up with Putin as infections, deaths from coronavirus grow," 23 Apr. 2020 Since then, people have become increasingly reliant on digital forms of communication — choosing to text rather than call, or confusing likes for meaningful interaction — and social media have taken a greater hold over our time and attention. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "Samin Nosrat Wants Us to Make Lasagna Together," 27 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Holdover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdover. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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