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holding

noun [C usually plural] 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] uk   /ˈhəʊl.dɪŋ/  us   /ˈhoʊl-/ specialized
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.
Translations of “holding”
in Chinese (Traditional) 私人股份, 私人建築, 租用的農田…
in Russian акции…
in Turkish hisse, pay…
in Chinese (Simplified) 私人股份, 私人建筑, 租用的农田…
in Polish udział…
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