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- enPR: hōldʹ-ĭng, IPA(key): /ˈhəʊldɪŋ/
- Rhymes: -əʊldɪŋ
- Hyphenation: hold‧ing
holding (plural holdings)
- Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.
- 1980, Joseph D. Dwyer, Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe, page 9:
- Although this survey lists only a small number of representative materials in the Hoover Library's Baltic Collection, a comprehensive view of the library's holdings can be gained from the Hoover Institution's card catalog or its printed equivalent
- 2009, The Economist, Law and order in Italy: Trouble with figures:
- Italy's right-wing prime minister was about to cure his biggest headache by selling the state's holding in a troubled airline, Alitalia.
- 2014, D. K. Acharya, Standard Methods of Contract Bridge Complete, page 378:
- The defender at third position is supposed to keep the partner informed of his holdings in that suit.
- A determination of law made by a court.
- A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
- c. 1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i], line 3:
- Take again
From this my hand, as holding of the Pope
Your sovereign greatness and authority.
- (obsolete) Logic; consistency.
- c. 1604–1605 (date written), William Shakespeare, “All’s Well, that Ends Well”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene ii], line 27:
- This has no holding,
To swear by him whom I protest to love
That I will work against him.
- (obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene vii], line 109:
- Make battery to our ears with the loud music;
The while I'll place you; then the boy shall sing.
The holding every man shall beat as loud
As his strong sides can volley.
- (obsolete, rare) That which holds, binds, or influences; hold; influence; power.
- (in texts about Russia, nonstandard) A holding company, or other kind of company (by back-translation from Russian холдинг (xolding)).
- (determination): finding
- bag of holding
- be left holding the baby
- blanch holding
- blench holding
- cross holding
- holding action
- holding cell
- holding charge
- holding deal
- holding midfielder
- holding note
- holding pattern
- holding tank
- leave someone holding the baby
- leave someone holding the bag
- section 104 holding
- small holding
- → Polish: holding
something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds
tenure; farm or other estate held of another
- present participle and gerund of
- They were caught holding hands in the dark.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- 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.
Terms derived from holding (verb)
holding m or f (plural holdings)
- “holding”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
holding f (invariable)
holding m inan
Declension of holding
- holding in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- holding in Polish dictionaries at PWN
holding n (plural holdinguri)
Declension of holding
holding m (plural holdings)
- “holding”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014