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noun holding pronunciation in American English /ˈhoʊldɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] a part of a company that someone owns in the form of a share or shares

    Small shareholders should think carefully before selling any holding.

  2. 3
    [uncountable] the process of organizing something such as an election or meeting
    holding of:

    The Supreme Court banned the holding of a referendum.

  3. 4


    [plural] the collections owned by an institution such as a library or museum

    The museum has unusually rich holdings of seventeenth-century Italian art.


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