holding

noun
hold·ing | \ˈhōl-diŋ \

Definition of holding 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : land held especially by a vassal or tenant

b : property (such as land or securities) owned usually used in plural

2 : a ruling of a court especially on an issue of law raised in a case — compare dictum

3 : something that holds

holding

adjective

Definition of holding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having the effect of holding back or delaying something the [war] represented a holding action against the spread of world Communism— Sidney Offit

2 : intended for usually temporary storage or retention a holding tank

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Examples of holding in a Sentence

Noun

penalized 10 yards for holding the holding of “not guilty” took everyone by surprise

Adjective

The troops were engaged in a holding action until reinforcements could arrive.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That deal also would include its Sky holding and other international assets. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Comcast Raises Sky Offer After Fox Sweetened Its Bid," 12 July 2018 The movie was incongruent with their surroundings inside of the short-term holding and processing facility at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Tucson. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "First lady offers a glimpse of herself as she gets firsthand look at migrant children," 28 June 2018 The message was accompanied by a photo of the 89 year old staring out at the ocean and holding on to a rail as the sun was setting in the distance. Nick Maslow, PEOPLE.com, "Paris Jackson Says Her Grandfather Joe 'Did Not' Share 'Beautiful' Tweet About Terminal Cancer Battle," 25 June 2018 Dixon told Fortune, referring to unconventional deals that include purchasing and holding crypto tokens. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Andreessen Horowitz Pours $300 Million into Crypto Fund," 25 June 2018 The monkey can be seen hugging and holding on to his owner. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Police arrest Florida man after he steals car with pet monkey, allow him one final goodbye," 9 June 2018 Spreckels owned the Hotel del Coronado, the local transit system, the San Diego & Arizona railway and vast real estate holdings as well as The Union and Evening Tribune newspapers. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 8, 1926: John D. Spreckels dies at home in Coronado," 8 June 2018 As retirement approaches, that balance might shift toward income-producing assets, such as bonds or real estate holdings that also tend to be less volatile than stocks. Andrew Menachem, miamiherald, "Two big challenges facing women in retirement planning," 3 June 2018 It's been about getting to the truth and holding responsible individuals and institutions accountable. CBS News, "For Nassar sex abuse victim, MSU settlement is a "victory" but the fight is far from over," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

It was established in 1997 to meet the needs of parents in the community, focusing on activities for parents of children birth to 3 years old and holding interactive sessions each month for families, according to the schools website. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Barbara Bush's passion for education and family lives on," 20 Apr. 2018 Here’s how holding office affects Florida lawmakers’ incomes But surprisingly, Florida lawmakers did not boost their incomes while in office. Kevin Fahey, Washington Post, "Are most American politicians profiting from their offices? Not according to this data.," 10 Aug. 2017 Please explain how holding secret meetings on the health care bill relates to consent of the governed. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "A new Declaration of Independence — from the Republican health care plan," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of holding

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of holding was in the 15th century

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holding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of holding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: property (such as land or stocks) that is owned by someone

sports : the illegal act of using your hands or arms to slow or stop the movement of an opponent in sports like ice hockey and American football

holding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of holding (Entry 2 of 2)

: causing or intended to cause a temporary stop or delay

—used to describe a place where someone or something is kept for a time before being moved somewhere else

holding

noun
hold·ing

Legal Definition of holding 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a ruling of a court upon an issue of law raised in a case : the pronouncement of law supported by the reasoning in a court's opinion — compare decision, dictum, disposition, finding, judgment, opinion, ruling, verdict

2 : any property that is owned or possessed usually used in pl. an increase in the company's holdings

holding

adjective

Legal Definition of holding (Entry 2 of 2)

: intended for temporary custody or detention a holding facility a holding cell

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