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noun American English pronunciation: holding /ˈhoʊldɪŋ/ 
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singularholding
pluralholdings
  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. 2
    [countable] a piece of land that someone owns or pays rent for, usually used for farming

    Many of the agricultural holdings are too small to be economically viable.

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

    The Supreme Court banned the holding of a referendum.

  4. 4

    holdings

    [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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