Possession vs Holding - What's the difference?

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Possession is a related term of holding.

As a noun possession

is control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.

As a verb possession

is (obsolete) to invest with property.

As a proper noun holding is


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(wikipedia possession) (en noun)
  • Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
  • Something that is owned.
  • The car quickly became his most prized possession .
    I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that.
  • Ownership]]; [[take, taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
  • The car is in my possession .
    I'm in possession of the car.
  • A territory under the rule of another country.
  • Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions .
  • The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
  • Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession .
  • * Shakespeare
  • How long hath this possession held the man?
  • (sports) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
  • The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession once the ball left their bewildered defence.}}
  • (linguistics) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
  • Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession''' — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable '''possession — my foot will always be mine.

    Usage notes

    * One who possesses is often said to have possession (of)'', ''hold possession (of)'', or ''be in possession (of) . * One who acquires is often said to take possession (of)'', ''gain possession (of)'', or ''come into possession (of) .


    * ight (obsolete) * owndom, retention * See also


    * absence


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To invest with property.
  • (Webster 1913)


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    (wikipedia holding) (en noun)
  • Something that one owns, especially stocks and bonds.
  • * 2009 , The Economist, Law and order in Italy: Trouble with figures
  • Italy's right-wing prime minister was about to cure his biggest headache by selling the state's holding in a troubled airline, Alitalia.
  • A determination of law made by a court.
  • A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another.
  • * 1596 , , V. i. 3:
  • Take again / From this my hand, as holding of the Pope / Your sovereign greatness and authority.
  • (obsolete) That which holds, binds, or influences.
  • (Burke)
  • (obsolete) Logic; consistency.
  • * 1598 , , IV. ii. 27:
  • This has no holding , / To swear by him whom I protest to love / That I will work against him.
  • (obsolete) The burden or chorus of a song.
  • * 1598 , , II. vii. 109:
  • Make battery to our ears with the loud music; / The while I'll place you; then the boy shall sing. / The holding every man shall beat as loud / As his strong sides can volley.

    Coordinate terms

    * (determination) finding


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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,

    Derived terms

    * holding the ball * holding the cards * holding the man * inholding