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holding

noun hold·ing \ ˈhōl-diŋ \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of holding

1 a : 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

Examples of holding in a Sentence

  1. penalized 10 yards for holding

  2. the holding of “not guilty” took everyone by surprise

Recent Examples of holding from the Web

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First Known Use of holding

15th century


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holding

adjective

Definition of holding

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

Examples of holding in a Sentence

  1. The troops were engaged in a holding action until reinforcements could arrive.

Recent Examples of holding from the Web

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First Known Use of holding

1568


HOLDING Defined for English Language Learners

holding

noun

Definition of holding for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of holding for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

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holding

noun hold·ing

legal Definition of holding

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

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holding

adjective

legal Definition of holding

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


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