Definition of holding in US English:



  • 1An area of land held by lease.

    • ‘For the occasion the university library mounted a display of its impressive holdings in the area.’
    • ‘He stated he had approximately 180 acres of his own land but also had rented other holdings throughout the area.’
    • ‘This loss would be minimal in the context of the area of good quality of land within the holding, however, and the development is required for agriculture.’
    • ‘In the Netherlands, England, Wales, and parts of Scotland, tenants generally had good-sized holdings and relatively secure tenure.’
    • ‘Strict restrictions on vehicles moving between farm holdings will be enforced for the next month.’
    • ‘After the 1882 lead market crash, the Beaumont Company gave up the mine, along with its other holdings in the area.’
    • ‘For the purposes of the permitting arrangements, a holding includes all land parcels declared for area aid purposes.’
    • ‘It is encouraging to see someone moving on to an agricultural holding rather than moving off it.’
    • ‘A World Bank study of northeast Brazil estimates that moving farmland into smaller holdings would raise output as much as 80 percent.’
    • ‘Most of the standing and merchantable timber in Oldham was found on the private holdings as opposed to the common lands, which were largely moorland.’
    • ‘You'd be talking about the areas where the holdings are vast and few and far between.’
    • ‘This is reflected in our own region where most holdings are dependent on an off-farm income.’
    • ‘One such claim was marked by a transfer of property: the 1922 grant of 80 acres from private holdings to the Commonwealth.’
    territory, region, state, department, canton, area, district, sector, zone, division, administrative area, administrative district, administrative division, administrative unit
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    1. 1.1 The tenure of land held by lease.
      • ‘The current reserve land will be converted to fee simple holdings.’
      • ‘Land was held in customary tenure, the largest holdings by 250 daimyos (feudal lords), each with his retinue of dependent samurai.’
      • ‘In 1999 / 2000, a third of new council lettings were to new entrants and 90 per cent were for complete holdings which include land, farmhouse and buildings.’
      • ‘Customary tenure systems are generally comprised of holdings and commons.’
      • ‘He is about to sell some of his massive residential holdings to a Colorado based company, with profits estimated to exceed 500 million dollars.’
      occupancy, period of occupancy, occupation, period of occupation, residence, habitation, possession
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  • 2holdingsStocks, property, and other financial assets in someone's possession.

    ‘commercial property holdings’
    • ‘I continue to be an avid follower of the company, because of my stock options and holdings.’
    • ‘Personal holdings of stocks and mutual funds increased by $944 billion.’
    • ‘On the back of hefty unrealised profits in their property and stock holdings, Japanese banks boosted their global operations, thinking the expansion could last forever.’
    • ‘That has put a big dent in the value of their stock holdings, generally 60% or more of their total assets.’
    • ‘This is due to the huge decline in equity values over the past 18 months which has, in turn, increased the percentage value of property holdings.’
    • ‘But health of the real economy, not the market of mutual fund holdings and financial investments, is measured by employment and productivity.’
    • ‘The underlying holdings are stocks, which are more volatile than bonds and have a greater risk of losing some of your principal.’
    • ‘Until recently, Mexico's pension funds were required to invest two-thirds of their holdings in government securities.’
    • ‘While no one is urging investors to panic and liquidate their stock and mutual-fund holdings, the time for crisis-proofing investments has come.’
    • ‘The company will lose desktop share, but will be able to consolidate its holdings in some areas.’
    • ‘We screened the company's database looking for funds with diversified holdings that spread their assets to many nations in the region.’
    • ‘At that point, they would be gaining from their stock holdings, but the fund would be paying lower Social Security benefits.’
    • ‘The rise in real estate offsets declines in stock holdings and mutual funds.’
    • ‘Shares feature prominently alongside a mixture of securities and property investments in the holdings of the superannuation funds.’
    • ‘For the first time, the U.S. is paying foreigners more on their investment income from holdings in America than it receives from its own assets abroad.’
    • ‘Today, any sensible analysis would certainly expand the definition of what functions as money to include other liquid financial assets, such as holdings in money market funds.’
    • ‘Her financial and property holdings have made her one of the world's richest women.’
    • ‘The vast majority of this financial credit is created as financial sector entities borrow funds enabling the purchase of additional holdings of financial assets.’
    • ‘In addition, investing in these bonds may help to diversify your fixed-income holdings.’
    • ‘Since funds report their stock holdings only twice a year, the information is rarely up to date.’
    possessions, belongings, valuables
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    1. 2.1 Books, periodicals, magazines, and other material in a library.
      • ‘Some periodical runs that duplicated the State Library's holdings were offered to other libraries.’
      • ‘This has resulted in the library holdings on Canada rising to over 20000 books, journals, manuscripts, paintings and maps.’
      • ‘Long a part of the library's holdings, these produce box labels and seed and nursery catalogs from 1880 to the present are a little-known treasure worth seeking out.’
      • ‘Until about 1997, half of the National Library's holdings were stored at the museum.’
      • ‘It would seem impossible for anyone to look through the archive holdings or material available on video and not find something of interest.’
      • ‘This year alone, e-mail volume is expected to be the equivalent of 40 copies of the fully digitized holdings of the Library of Congress.’
      • ‘Later, I again heard him speak at the Huntington Library at a special showing of Huntington holdings of books and manuscripts related to the California gold rush.’
      • ‘Although most major Australian libraries list the book in their holdings it is not well known.’
      • ‘The doll complements the society's extensive library holdings of printed materials relating to the exposition.’
      • ‘It is the world's largest medical library with holdings of more than 5 million books, journals, and other materials.’
      • ‘In the early 1960s, Jacqueline Kennedy refurbished the room and gathered a distinguished committee to determine appropriate holdings for the library.’
      • ‘Since then, the staff of the Mercer Museum has gone through our entire holdings to determine what books they would like to purchase and retain for their collection.’
      • ‘Thanks to the generosity of the Minnesota Historical Society, the collection also includes among its holdings photocopies of a periodical called The Timely Digest.’
      • ‘The library's holdings include more than 2.5 million music and spokenword recordings.’
      • ‘In 1978, the holdings of the Fleming Library numbered 453,176 items.’
      • ‘They have more libraries, with more exhaustive holdings of books, than anywhere in England, I think.’
      • ‘If you live near a large medical library with vast holdings, you may be able to find and read clinical research studies, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews.’
      • ‘The exception is the discovery of such lists in the archival holdings of the presidential library system managed by the National Archives and Records Administration.’
      • ‘The survey revealed that many of the academic libraries have very few holdings, and most of the collections are outdated.’
      • ‘The Minster has also made clear that they want the book holdings to continue to be a ‘living library’ and not a ‘frozen’ collection.’