holding

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holding (plural holdings)

  1. Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.
  2. A determination of law made by a court.
  3. A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
  4. (obsolete) That which holds, binds, or influences.
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  5. (obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song.
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holding

  1. Present participle of hold.
    They were caught holding hands in the dark.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
      Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps, [] , and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.

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