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

1a : postpone, defer
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since Prey was a holdover before Disney bought Fox in 2019, the potential for post-theatrical streaming boosts was contractually limited. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 The program is a holdover from the Clean Ohio Fund that was created by a state bond initiative approved by voters in 2000. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Close behind from Friday to Sunday was fellow holdover Lighting Up the Stars, which added $11.6 million for a $230 million cumulative gross. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2022 Eastern game against the summer roster of the Atlanta Hawks (NBA TV) on the UNLV campus, Robinson and roster holdover Haywood Highsmith are the only players to start each of the team’s first four summer-league games. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 11 July 2022 College career: Couch chose to stay in state for college at Kentucky, but split time his freshman year with holdover Billy Jack Haskins. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 25 June 2022 In domestic holdover news not related to Top Gun: Maverick ($25 million or -52% from last Friday), Walt Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earned $2.622 million (-42%) on its 29th day for a new $382 million domestic cume. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 4 June 2022 Prehn's continued holdover on the board has caused tension along the way for other members and arguments between Prehn and DNR Secretary Preston Cole during meetings. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2022 No holdover to this year’s team compiled a higher OPS. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Today, by installing Murmu as president, the BJP was looking to further strengthen its hold over Indian politics by cementing the indigenous vote, Mehta said. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Ukraine: Russia is moving to tighten its hold over occupied parts of Ukraine as its military campaign to take more territory in the eastern Donbas region stalls in the face of Ukrainian resistance. WSJ, 25 May 2022 Donbas has served variously as a bargaining chip with Western powers, a cudgel to hold over them, a hobbyhorse for the home audience and an albatross. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 The large size can hold over 40mL of fluid, keeping you leak-free even on heavier flow days. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 The New York Milk Bank, a nonprofit located in Valhalla, can hold over 100,000 ounces, and is about 80 percent full. New York Times, 2 June 2022 Even now, after his hold over his discipline has loosened—few people walk around calling themselves Wittgensteinians—his life and personality continue to provide fertile ground for speculation. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Most lakes will hold over 40 species of zooplankton and play a crucial and central role in freshwater food webs. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2022 Investigators searched the targeted home and found more than 500 rounds of ammunition in various calibers, as well as 12 pistol and rifle magazines, four of which were large-capacity magazines able to hold over 30 rounds. Fox News, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Holdover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdover. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for holdover

hold over

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from holdover

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