What does Holding mean?

Definitions for Holding
ˈhoʊl dɪŋhold·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Holding.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. retention, keeping, holdingnoun

    the act of retaining something

  2. property, belongings, holdingnoun

    something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

    "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";


  1. holdingnoun

    Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.

  2. holdingnoun

    A determination of law made by a court.

  3. holdingnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Holdingnoun

    Etymology: from hold.

    Holdings were so plentiful, and holders so scarce, as well was the landlord who could not get a tenant. Carew.

    The holding every man shall beat as loud
    As his strong sides can volly. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.


  1. holding

    Holding typically refers to the physical act of grasping or gripping an object or keeping something firmly in one's possession or control. It can also refer to having an ownership or legal rights over a property, asset, or investment for a certain period of time. Additionally, holding can depict maintaining a certain posture, position, or attitude, especially for a prolonged period.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holding

    of Hold

  2. Holdingnoun

    the act or state of sustaining, grasping, or retaining

  3. Holdingnoun

    a tenure; a farm or other estate held of another

  4. Holdingnoun

    that which holds, binds, or influences

  5. Holdingnoun

    the burden or chorus of a song


  1. Holding

    The holding is a court's determination of a matter of law based on the issue presented in the particular case. In other words: under this law, with these facts, this result.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Holding is ranked #18614 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Holding surname appeared 1,479 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Holding.

    86.3% or 1,277 total occurrences were White.
    7.6% or 113 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 23 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.4% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Holding' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1433

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Holding' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2036

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Holding' in Nouns Frequency: #1985

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holding in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Holding in a Sentence

  1. Cedric Richmond:

    Almost every Homeland Security secretary has been confirmed on the first day, and that was in 2009 and 2017, so the fact that the Senate is not holding a hearing so we can confirm our national security members on day one is irresponsible to the American public.

  2. Joe Biden:

    It's simply not true that my administration or policies are holding back domestic energy production.

  3. John Leventhal:

    Kids, instead of holding on to it, they say something about it earlier, the duration of suffering has decreased.

  4. Mike Duggan:

    We owe a debt of gratitude to all the officers out there working, and tonight we have an officer and a family with a debt that we can never repay. This entire city is holding the family in their hearts tonight. We will be with them every step of the way.

  5. Noah Michelson:

    Earlier today, I overheard a young woman holding the most beautiful blueberry muffin I've ever seen singing,' ooh ooh blueberry muffin ! I'm gon na eat you, blueberry muffin !' at a different point in my life, I would have mocked New York-based but now I feel like we'd be really good friends.

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