Definitions

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  • v. To overvalue; overestimate; hold or estimate at too dear a rate.
  • v. To hold over; keep.
  • n. The act or process of holding over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To hold or value too highly; to estimate at too dear a rate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To overvalue; hold or estimate at too dear a rate.

Etymologies

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From Middle English overholden, from Old English oferhealdan ("to overcome, overtake, hold over, delay to do, neglect"), from Proto-Germanic *uber (“over”) + *haldanan (“to hold”), equivalent to over- +‎ hold. Cognate with Dutch overhouden ("to hang on, hold over, save"), German überhalten ("to hold on to, keep"), Danish overholde ("to observe").

Examples

  • In Ireland it has been, time immemorial, common with tenants, who have had advantageous bargains, and who have no hopes of getting their leases renewed, to waste the ground as much as possible; to break it up towards the end of the term; or to overhold, that is, to keep possession of the land, refusing to deliver it up.

    Richard Lovell Edgeworth

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