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noun holding pronunciation in British English /ˈhəʊldɪŋ/
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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. 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


    [plural] the collections owned by an institution such as a library or museum
    The museum has unusually rich holdings of seventeenth-century Italian art.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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