Definition of Holding

1. Noun. The act of retaining something.

Exact synonyms: Keeping, Retention
Generic synonyms: Ownership, Possession
Specialized synonyms: Withholding, Storage
Derivative terms: Hold, Keep, Retain

2. Noun. Something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone. "He is a man of property"

Definition of Holding

1. n. The act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining.

Definition of Holding

1. Noun. Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds. ¹

2. Noun. A determination of law made by a court. ¹

3. Noun. A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) That which holds, binds, or influences. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song. ¹

6. Verb. (present participle of hold) ¹

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Definition of Holding

1. something held [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Holding

holding (current term)
holding a candle
holding action
holding all of the aces
holding all of the cards
holding all the aces
holding all the cards
holding back
holding cell
holding cells
holding companies
holding company
holding deal
holding device
holding fire

Literary usage of Holding

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... dies in the same manner, holding up cloak so that audience do not see the stab. Strato remains standing over him L C. 2'Antony with drawn sword and ..."

2. Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law by John William Burgess (1890)
"It has fixed the times for holding the elections for senators and representatives.1 The general rule established by it for the election of senators, ..."

3. Rose's Notes on the United States Supreme Court Reports (2 Dallas to 241 by Walter Malins Rose, Charles Lawrence Thompson, United States Supreme Court (1917)
"125, holding person dealing with officer hound to see that officer has power to act ... State, 122 Ind. 73, 23 NE 692, holding persons dealing with officers ..."

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