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

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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 Zombie fires, also known as overwintering or holdover fires, are different than the flaming fires that have devastated California and Australia in recent years. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 The lone holdover from last year's coaching staff is Ben Wood, who came with Hurley from Buffalo. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2021 At times, Pelosi's presence seemed like the only holdover from former President Trump's final State of the Union, a contentious speech that ended with Pelosi ripping it up on camera behind Mr. Trump. Grace Segers, CBS News, 29 Apr. 2021 The barriers are a holdover from a time when Internet access was a near-luxury—a consumer product rather than a utility. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2021 Senior White House advisor Anita Dunn is a holdover from the Obama administration. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Running backs coach Cadillac Williams, the lone holdover from the previous staff, has a contract that runs through January 2022 and will earn $350,000 this season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2021 While the coaching staff underwent a makeover with the hiring of Malzahn, there remains one familiar face on the staff in receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, who is the only holdover from Josh Heupel’s staff. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Mar. 2021 That is probably a holdover from the beginning of the country. Bernadette Bynoe, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The economic rebound that took hold over the summer will stall if Congress and President Donald Trump fail to act, which looks likely. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, 20 Nov. 2020 The vessel can hold over 2,000 passengers per sailing, and the return of cruising would provide a boost to Mobile’s economy where the industry employs hundreds of people in direct and indirect jobs. al, 23 May 2021 Nagle thinks the center is consolidating its hold over politics. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 17 May 2021 This is a sturdy, wooden toy chest that can hold over 240 pounds of toys. Chris Hachey, BGR, 28 Apr. 2021 In effect, that’s the new prediction from ARK Invest, the firm headed by longtime Tesla enthusiast Cathie Wood and whose funds hold over $3.2 billion in the EV-maker’s shares. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2021 Trump retains a powerful hold over the party’s policies. Marjorie Hershey, The Conversation, 3 May 2021 That pattern didn’t hold over the past decade but now seems to be resuming. Mickey D. Levy And Michael D. Bordo, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 Hunt went on to secure 160 public sculpture commissions in 22 states and hold over 100 solo exhibitions. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of holdover was in 1647

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14 Jun 2021

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“Holdover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdover. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of holdover

US : 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

Other Words from holdover

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