• enPR: hōldʹ-ĭng, IPA: /ˈhoːldɪŋ/
    • (AU) IPA: [ˈhəʉɫdɪŋ]
    • (British) IPA: [ˈhəʊɫdɪŋ]
    • (America) IPA: [ˈhoʊɫdɪŋ]

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.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, The Life and Death of King John, V. i. 3:
      Take again / From this my hand, as holding of the Pope / Your sovereign greatness and authority.
  4. (obsolete) That which holds, binds, or influences.
  5. (obsolete) Logic; consistency.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, IV. ii. 27:
      This has no holding, / To swear by him whom I protest to love / That I will work against him.
  6. (obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, II. vii. 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.
  7. (in texts about Russia, nonstandard) A holding company, or other kind of company (by back-translation from Russian холдинг).
Translations Verb
  1. present participle of hold#English|hold
    They were caught holding hands in the dark.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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