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holding

noun

Definition of holding

  1. 1 a :  land held especially by a vassal or tenant b :  property (as land or securities) owned —usually used in plural

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

  3. 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>

15th Century

First Known Use of holding

15th century


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holding

adjective

Definition of holding

  1. 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. 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.

1568

First Known Use of holding

1568


HOLDING Defined for English Language Learners

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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


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


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holding

adjective

Legal Definition of holding

  1. :  intended for temporary custody or detention <a holding facility> <a holding cell>



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