holding

1 of 2

noun

hold·​ing ˈhōl-diŋ How to pronounce holding (audio)
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

holding

2 of 2

adjective

1
: having the effect of holding back or delaying something
the [war] represented a holding action against the spread of world CommunismSidney Offit
2
: intended for usually temporary storage or retention
a holding tank

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In others, the scammers abandon the project after selling off their own token holdings, or fail to deliver on the promise of long-term support. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 15 Apr. 2024 Arizona Paramount Corporation got rid of their holdings and pulled out of the community. Amanda Luberto, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2024 Creative House, the main company behind many of Hamm’s holdings, promotes itself as a diversified investment and development company. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2024 This holding required the Court to find that the Heart of Atlanta Motel and Ollie’s Barbecue were, in fact, part of interstate commerce. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 The three stocks are also among the top-10 holdings of the iShare MSCI EM Ex-China ETF, which has doubled in value over the past five months. Srinivasan Sivabalan, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2024 Taxpayers with stocks, bonds and other capital assets worth over $100 million could also face a new 25% tax on the increase in the value of their holdings, regardless of whether they’ve been sold. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 In an interview, Eric Trump, one of the former president’s sons, said the shift in the company’s hospitality industry holdings reflected the rapid growth of the golf industry since the pandemic, a trend that is benefiting the family’s 11 domestic golf clubs and its four overseas. Eric Lipton, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 In February, three insiders cut back their holdings. Gurufocus, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024
Adjective
Bryce Callahan was flagged for a non-holding call that nullified a pick and led to K.C.’s first score. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 There were seven offensive penalties, most holding or false starts. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2022 Like the non-holding call against TCU on the Frogs’ first touchdown drive. Kirk Bohls, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 10 Aug. 2017 Please explain how holding secret meetings on the health care bill relates to consent of the governed. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, 27 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Holding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holding. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

holding

noun
hold·​ing
ˈhōl-diŋ
1
: property (as land or stocks) owned
usually used in plural
decided to sell her holdings
2
: a ruling of a court

Legal Definition

holding

1 of 2 noun
hold·​ing
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

2 of 2 adjective
: intended for temporary custody or detention
a holding facility
a holding cell

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