Definition of holding in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊldɪŋ


  • 1An area of land held by lease.
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    • He stated he had approximately 180 acres of his own land but also had rented other holdings throughout the area.
    • You'd be talking about the areas where the holdings are vast and few and far between.
    • This is reflected in our own region where most holdings are dependent on an off-farm income.
  • 1.1The tenure of land held by lease.
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    • Land was held in customary tenure, the largest holdings by 250 daimyos (feudal lords), each with his retinue of dependent samurai.
    • The current reserve land will be converted to fee simple holdings.
    • Customary tenure systems are generally comprised of holdings and commons.
  • 2 (holdings) Stocks, property, and other financial assets in someone’s possession: commercial property holdings
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    • Shares feature prominently alongside a mixture of securities and property investments in the holdings of the superannuation funds.
    • We screened the company's database looking for funds with diversified holdings that spread their assets to many nations in the region.
    • On the back of hefty unrealised profits in their property and stock holdings, Japanese banks boosted their global operations, thinking the expansion could last forever.
    possessions, belongings, valuables; stock, property, capital, estate; assets, funds, resources, savings, investments, securities, equities, bonds, stocks and shares, reserves
  • 2.1Books, periodicals, magazines, and other material in a library.
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    • The doll complements the society's extensive library holdings of printed materials relating to the exposition.
    • Later, I again heard him speak at the Huntington Library at a special showing of Huntington holdings of books and manuscripts related to the California gold rush.
    • Although most major Australian libraries list the book in their holdings it is not well known.

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