Definition of holding in US English:



  • 1An area of land held by lease.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Strict restrictions on vehicles moving between farm holdings will be enforced for the next month.’
    • ‘A World Bank study of northeast Brazil estimates that moving farmland into smaller holdings would raise output as much as 80 percent.’
    • ‘You'd be talking about the areas where the holdings are vast and few and far between.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Netherlands, England, Wales, and parts of Scotland, tenants generally had good-sized holdings and relatively secure tenure.’
    • ‘He stated he had approximately 180 acres of his own land but also had rented other holdings throughout the area.’
    • ‘For the occasion the university library mounted a display of its impressive holdings in 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.’
    • ‘After the 1882 lead market crash, the Beaumont Company gave up the mine, along with its other holdings in the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘He is about to sell some of his massive residential holdings to a Colorado based company, with profits estimated to exceed 500 million dollars.’
      • ‘Land was held in customary tenure, the largest holdings by 250 daimyos (feudal lords), each with his retinue of dependent samurai.’
      • ‘Customary tenure systems are generally comprised of holdings and commons.’
      • ‘The current reserve land will be converted to fee simple holdings.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘But health of the real economy, not the market of mutual fund holdings and financial investments, is measured by employment and productivity.’
    • ‘The rise in real estate offsets declines in stock holdings and mutual funds.’
    • ‘The company will lose desktop share, but will be able to consolidate its holdings in some areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her financial and property holdings have made her one of the world's richest women.’
    • ‘Since funds report their stock holdings only twice a year, the information is rarely up to date.’
    • ‘In addition, investing in these bonds may help to diversify your fixed-income holdings.’
    • ‘At that point, they would be gaining from their stock holdings, but the fund would be paying lower Social Security benefits.’
    • ‘Shares feature prominently alongside a mixture of securities and property investments in the holdings of the superannuation funds.’
    • ‘I continue to be an avid follower of the company, because of my stock options and holdings.’
    • ‘That has put a big dent in the value of their stock holdings, generally 60% or more of their total assets.’
    • ‘While no one is urging investors to panic and liquidate their stock and mutual-fund holdings, the time for crisis-proofing investments has come.’
    • ‘We screened the company's database looking for funds with diversified holdings that spread their assets to many nations in the region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The vast majority of this financial credit is created as financial sector entities borrow funds enabling the purchase of additional holdings of financial assets.’
    • ‘Until recently, Mexico's pension funds were required to invest two-thirds of their holdings in government securities.’
    • ‘The underlying holdings are stocks, which are more volatile than bonds and have a greater risk of losing some of your principal.’
    • ‘Personal holdings of stocks and mutual funds increased by $944 billion.’
    possessions, belongings, valuables
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    1. 2.1 Books, periodicals, magazines, and other material in a library.
      • ‘The doll complements the society's extensive library holdings of printed materials relating to the exposition.’
      • ‘Thanks to the generosity of the Minnesota Historical Society, the collection also includes among its holdings photocopies of a periodical called The Timely Digest.’
      • ‘Some periodical runs that duplicated the State Library's holdings were offered to other libraries.’
      • ‘Although most major Australian libraries list the book in their holdings it is not well known.’
      • ‘It would seem impossible for anyone to look through the archive holdings or material available on video and not find something of interest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This has resulted in the library holdings on Canada rising to over 20000 books, journals, manuscripts, paintings and maps.’
      • ‘The survey revealed that many of the academic libraries have very few holdings, and most of the collections are outdated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Until about 1997, half of the National Library's holdings were stored at the museum.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The library's holdings include more than 2.5 million music and spokenword recordings.’
      • ‘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 Minster has also made clear that they want the book holdings to continue to be a ‘living library’ and not a ‘frozen’ collection.’