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

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 Love is the most prominent holdover from the Cavaliers’ Big Three, which came together in 2014 with James’ signing and the blockbuster trade that sent top pick Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota for Love. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Four years after Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship, where are they now?," 19 June 2020 With the Warriors decimated by injuries, Green was often the only holdover from the team’s recent dynasty. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Draymond Green: Warriors’ forward eager to silence doubters after rough season," 18 June 2020 These passports, a holdover from British rule issued to people born before 1997, currently allow holders to stay in Britain for six months but do not afford work rights or residency. Shibani Mahtani, Anchorage Daily News, "Boris Johnson offers refuge, U.K. citizenship path for nearly 3 million Hong Kong residents," 3 June 2020 The 2021 class has no obvious first-ballot inductees — the best newcomers, statistically, would be Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson and Torii Hunter — and only one holdover, Curt Schilling, came close last year. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Cooperstown: Wait Till Next Year?," 28 Apr. 2020 Belinelli said of coach Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Mills and the other holdovers from the 2013 team. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr: NBA has ‘gone overboard’ rewarding offensive players," 31 Dec. 2019 However, Armstead, a holdover, has provided an unexpected lift with the best three-game stretch of his five-year career. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Why 49ers’ Arik Armstead is off to the best start of his career," 1 Oct. 2019 In January 2019, the Board issued an apology and a new 19-member board was approved by the Birmingham City Council, led by new board president Isaac Cooper, one of few holdovers from the previous board. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "BCRI President and CEO Andrea L. Taylor resigns," 17 Apr. 2020 As squad sizes expand with incoming freshman who have been promised scholarship aid, what happens to the aid packages of the holdovers? oregonlive, "Granting athletes in spring sports another season of eligibility creates other problems: Oregon track & field rundown," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the late nineteenth century the German empire solidified its hold over several colonies in Africa. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Racism Is Surging in Germany. Tens of Thousands Are Taking to the Streets to Call for Justice," 10 June 2020 Trump has expressed interest in restarting his campaign rallies at other trips put on hold over the pandemic. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Trump to resume 'Make America Great Again' campaign rallies this month," 8 June 2020 Stops downtown were put on hold over the weekend and continuing through 6 a.m. Wednesday, in line with the city’s extended curfew. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "RTA buses, trains to resume service to downtown Cleveland during non-curfew hours," 3 June 2020 Players who received significant support in the final voting in the previous year but did not make the College Football Hall of Fame also are held over on the ballot automatically. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "SEC building backlog of candidates for College Football Hall of Fame," 8 June 2020 Annual general meetings, at which shareholders gather to direct questions to board executives, will be allowed to be held over the phone under new laws, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced on Friday. Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Businesses to Hold Remote Shareholder Meetings in Lockdown," 13 May 2020 With these safeguards, the plan has mostly won cautious approval from privacy advocates, including experts at the American Civil Liberties Union, despite widespread concerns about tech giants’ hold over people’s personal data. Los Angeles Times, "Apple and Google won’t solve coronavirus contact tracing. Here’s what will," 1 May 2020 The facility is only a few hundred feet from the Willamette River and can hold over 80 million gallons of toxic, heavy oil. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 2 candidates explain what city policy changes they’ll immediately support if elected," 25 Apr. 2020 The real question is whether the Obama administration and its officials held over by the new administration fabricated a tale about the Trump campaign’s complicity in Russia’s hacking. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "More Media Misdirection on Trump-Russia," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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“Holdover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdover. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of holdover

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

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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