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holding

noun [C] uk   /ˈhəʊl.dɪŋ/ us    /ˈhoʊl-/
something that you own such as shares in a company or buildings, or land that you rent and farm: To ensure security the investment fund has holdings in many companies.

holding

adjective [before noun] //
In football, if a midfield player has a holding role, their main job is to help the defence rather than attack an opponent's goal: Without a holding midfielder, the two centre backs can be left exposed.
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