What does Holding mean?

Definitions for Holding
ˈhoʊl dɪŋhold·ing

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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.

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. H.L. Mencken:

    The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

  2. Trevor Stirling:

    Does the Commission need more extensions? Does the Tribunal end up holding public hearings? Is there an appeal to the Competition Appeal Court? Those are all the things that would be significant.

  3. Tokyo Metropolitan Government:

    I do n’t think holding talks under the current circumstances will produce a positive message, i will not attend the meeting.

  4. San Jose Police Department:

    We will correct some misinformation that has been circulating and are releasing images of the fight and struggle over a handgun that occurred inside the La Victoria Restaurant and of the individual who was holding the handgun at the time he was shot by one of our Officers.

  5. Laura Carstensen:

    Unfortunately the recruitment practices of too many businesses still remain trapped in permafrost and that's holding back women and ultimately the companies themselves, the recruitment process to the boards of Britain's top companies remains shadowy and opaque and is acting as a barrier to unleashing female talent.

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