holding meaning, holding definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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holding  

  ( holdings    plural  )
1       n-count   If you have a holding in a company, you own shares in it.     (BUSINESS)   with supp   (=investment)  
That would increase Olympia & York's holding to 35%...     
2       adj   A holding operation or action is a temporary one that is intended to keep a situation under control and to prevent it from becoming worse.  
ADJ n  
A garden is, at best, a holding operation against nature.     


holding company        ( holding companies    plural  ) A holding company is a company that has enough shares in one or more other companies to be able to control the other companies.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
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hold   [2]     ( holds    3rd person present)   ( holding    present participle)   ( held    past tense & past participle  )   (HAVING OR DOING)  
Hold is often used to indicate that someone or something has the particular thing, characteristic, or attitude that is mentioned. Therefore it takes most of its meaning from the word that follows it.     
1       verb   Hold is used with words and expressions indicating an opinion or belief, to show that someone has a particular opinion or believes that something is true.  
no cont  
He holds certain expectations about the teacher's role...      V n  
Current thinking holds that obesity is more a medical than a psychological problem...      V that  
The public, meanwhile, hold architects in low esteem.      V n in n  
...a widely held opinion.      V-ed  
2       verb   Hold is used with words such as `fear' or `mystery' to indicate someone's feelings towards something, as if those feelings were a characteristic of the thing itself.  
no passive  
Death doesn't hold any fear for me...      V n for n  
It held more mystery than even the darkest jungle...      V n  
3       verb   Hold is used with nouns such as `office', `power', and `responsibility' to indicate that someone has a particular position of power or authority.  
She has never held ministerial office...      V n  
4       verb   Hold is used with nouns such as `permit', `degree', or `ticket' to indicate that someone has a particular document that allows them to do something.  
He did not hold a firearm certificate...      V n  
Passengers holding tickets will receive refunds.      V n  
5       verb   Hold is used with nouns such as `party', `meeting', `talks', `election', and `trial' to indicate that people are organizing a particular activity.  
The German sports federation said it would hold an investigation.      V n  
   holding             n-uncount   N of n  
They also called for the holding of multi-party general elections.     
6       v-recip   Hold is used with nouns such as `conversation', `interview', and `talks' to indicate that two or more people meet and discuss something.  
The Prime Minister, is holding consultations with his colleagues to finalise the deal...      V n with n  
The engineer and his son held frequent consultations concerning technical problems...      pl-n V  
They can't believe you can even hold a conversation.      V n (non-recip)  
7       verb   Hold is used with nouns such as `shares' and `stock' to indicate that someone owns a particular proportion of a business.  
The group said it continues to hold 1,774,687 Vons shares...      V n  
    holding  
8       verb   Hold is used with words such as `lead' or `advantage' to indicate that someone is winning or doing well in a contest.  
He continued to hold a lead in Angola's presidential race...      V n  
9       verb   Hold is used with nouns such as `attention' or `interest' to indicate that what you do or say keeps someone interested or listening to you.   (=keep)  
If you want to hold someone's attention, look them directly in the eye but don't stare...      V n  
10       verb   If you hold someone responsible, liable, or accountable for something, you will blame them if anything goes wrong.  
It's impossible to hold any individual responsible.      V n adj  


holding     ( holdings    plural  )
1       n-count   If you have a holding in a company, you own shares in it.     (BUSINESS)   with supp   (=investment)  
That would increase Olympia & York's holding to 35%...     
2       adj   A holding operation or action is a temporary one that is intended to keep a situation under control and to prevent it from becoming worse.  
ADJ n  
A garden is, at best, a holding operation against nature.     
holding company        ( holding companies    plural  ) A holding company is a company that has enough shares in one or more other companies to be able to control the other companies.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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holdings  

  
assets, estate, investments, land interests, possessions, property, resources, securities, stocks and shares  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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n.
a pair of straps used by men for holding up trousers or pants
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."

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