holdover

noun
hold·​over | \ˈhōld-ˌō-vər \

Definition of holdover 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is held over

hold over

verb

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The mixed patterns of vintage-look china, holdovers from Seven Beef, seem even more appropriate for this menu of down-home dishes. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Holmes is the lone holdover from the group who is still on the roster. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "How Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo managed the Sixers' draft 'Process'," 18 June 2018 This is what the 21st-century American city is supposed to be, a satisfying and active mix of cultural holdovers, storefronts, and apartment buildings. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Downtown Nashville Is Supposed to Be the Model of the Walkable 21st-Century City. I’m Not So Sure.," 8 June 2018 Hoffman, who is on his third ballot, and another holdover, Vladimir Guerrero, received 74 percent and 71.7 percent, just shy of the 75 percent needed for induction. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trevor Hoffman leads holdovers on Hall of Fame ballot," 20 Nov. 2017 But for meaningful success next season and long term, the young trio of roster holdovers must live up to their potential. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Job 1 for new Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey? Develop young talent," 24 June 2018 With Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber as the only notable holdovers, the Buccaneers used a second-round draft choice on Southern California running back Ronald Jones II. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Buccaneers training camp questions: Can Jameis Winston bounce back from suspension?," 5 July 2018 The Chargers and Barons are holdovers in the division from last year, while the Oilers are up a division after competing in Division 3. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "New CIF Southern Section Open Division offers intrigue in girls' tennis," 9 June 2018 The government says the reforms are all intended to make the courts more responsive to the will of the people — and to free the judiciary from corrupt judges or communist-era holdovers. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Polish Crisis Deepens as Judges Condemn Their Own Court," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At a strategy session held over lunch last week, Senate Democrats settled on a careful strategy for the coming Supreme Court confirmation battle. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "As Trump Consolidates Power, Democrats Confront a Rebellion in Their Ranks," 30 June 2018 More than a thousand Palestinians have participated in nightly demonstrations, rather than just the weekly Friday protests held over the past six months. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Six Palestinians Die in Clashes at Gaza-Israel Border," 28 Sep. 2018 There were more than 85 fundraisers held over three years, including everything from a Bob Hope USO show to neighborhood bake sales to a world championship boxing match and a football game between the San Antonio police and fire departments. Kyle Ringo, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 There were more than 85 fundraisers held over three years, everything from a Bob Hope USO show to neighborhood bake sales to a world championship boxing match and a football game between the San Antonio police and fire departments. Kyle Ringo, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial built with thousands of small contributions," 27 May 2018 Now, party officials, including loyalists held over from both the Sanders and Clinton camps, are inching toward a compromise that would not only minimize the role of superdelegates but change the party’s operational structure as well. New York Times, "Superdelegates Are No. 1 on the Democratic Party To-Do List," 17 May 2018 Saudi Arabia, for example, held over $23,000 per person. Emily Meierding, Washington Post, "How cheap oil hurts sub-Saharan Africa," 21 June 2018 The edge Jenkins holds over Morrisey is within the poll’s margin of sampling error, and the same is true for Morrisey’s edge over Blankenship. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Cold pizza, cold comfort for GOP in midterms," 25 Apr. 2018 Multiple demonstrations, some involving thousands of people, have been held over the last several weekends in larger cities across the United States against President Trump’s immigration policies. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad rethinking response to demonstration," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of holdover

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1647, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of holdover was in 1647

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More Definitions for holdover

holdover

noun

English Language Learners Definition of holdover

: someone or something that remains or is kept from an earlier time

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

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