Definition of HOLDING

noun : HOLDING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property" ;

verb : HOLDING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes" ;

  • 2. (

    ) have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" ;

  • 4. (

    ) have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense; "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard" ;

  • 5. (

    ) keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view; "take for granted"; "view as important"; "hold these truths to be self-evident"; "I hold him personally responsible" ;

  • 7. (

    ) to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom" ;

  • 9. (

    ) have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; "She bears the title of Duchess"; "He held the governorship for almost a decade" ;

  • 10. (

    ) be the physical support of; carry the weight of; "The beam holds up the roof"; "He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam"; "What's holding that mirror?" ;

  • 12. (

    ) have room for; hold without crowding; "This hotel can accommodate 250 guests"; "The theater admits 300 people"; "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people" ;

  • 13. (

    ) remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching" ;

  • 14. (

    ) support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" ;

  • 16. (

    ) assert or affirm; "Rousseau's philosophy holds that people are inherently good" ;

  • 17. (

    ) have as a major characteristic; "The novel holds many surprises"; "The book holds in store much valuable advise" ;

  • 18. (

    ) be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" ;

  • 19. (

    ) arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's" ;

  • 20. (

    ) protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" ;

  • 22. (

    ) hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound" ;

  • 23. (

    ) remain committed to; "I hold to these ideas" ;

  • 24. (

    ) resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" ;

  • 25. (

    ) be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone" ;

  • 26. (

    ) stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting" ;

  • 28. (

    ) keep from departing; "Hold the taxi"; "Hold the horse" ;

  • 29. (

    ) take and maintain control over, often by violent means; "The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week" ;

  • 31. (

    ) cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose" ;

  • 32. (

    ) drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" ;

  • 33. (

    ) aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames" ;

  • 35. (

    ) be in accord; be in agreement; "We agreed on the terms of the settlement"; "I can't agree with you!"; "I hold with those who say life is sacred"; "Both philosophers concord on this point" ;

  • 36. (

    ) keep from exhaling or expelling; "hold your breath" ;

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