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holding

noun

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1 a decision made by a court or tribunal regarding a case it has heard
  • the court's holding was based on an interpretation of the First Amendment

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2 usually holdings plural transportable items that one owns
  • the museum's holdings of ancient manuscripts are among the rarest in the world

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holding

verb
present participle of hold

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2 to continue to have in one's possession or power
  • she, and she alone, held the keys to the mysterious chest

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3 to have as an opinion
  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"

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4 to have within
  • the mysterious chest held an ancient book on magic spells and potions

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6 to keep, control, or experience as one's own
  • the same family has held this piece of land for over 100 years

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7 to make or have room for
  • the couple needed to rent a hall that would hold 300 people

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8 to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms
  • please hold my arm on these slippery stairs

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9 to think of in a particular way
  • held to be the best blueberry pies in the state

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10 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • we managed to hold our laughter until we got outside
  • hold your temper until you hear the whole story

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11 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal
  • held the camera on the actor throughout the scene

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The first known use of holding was in the 15th century

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holding

holding a brief for

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“Holding.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/holding. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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