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Definition 1: prevent the action or expression of - [verb of change]

Samples where hold back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hold back your anger
  • keep your cool
  • she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays

Synonyms for hold back in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold back ) keep from exhaling or expelling

"hold your breath"

(... is a kind of hold back ) keep back by blinking

"blink away tears"

(... is a kind of hold back ) keep in check

"rule one's temper"

(... is a kind of hold back ) restrain the emission of (sound, fluid, etc.)

(... is a kind of hold back ) keep from expressing

"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

(... is a kind of hold back ) prevent from leaving or from being removed

(... is a kind of hold back ) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Definition 2: hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of - [verb of competition]

Samples where hold back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Arrest the downward trend
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
  • Contain the rebel movement
  • Turn back the tide of communism

Synonyms for hold back in the sense of this definition

(hold back is a kind of ...) be on the defensive; act against an attack

(... is a kind of hold back ) intercept (a player)

Definition 3: hold back; keep from being perceived by others - [verb of perception]

Samples where hold back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She conceals her anger well

Synonyms for hold back in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of hold back ) hide from view

"The lids were occulting her eyes"

Definition 4: secure and keep for possible future use or application - [verb of possession]

Samples where hold back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The landlord retained the security deposit
  • I reserve the right to disagree

Synonyms for hold back in the sense of this definition

(hold back is a kind of ...) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

(... is a kind of hold back ) keep

"She manages to hold down two jobs"

Definition 5: wait before acting - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment

Synonyms for hold back in the sense of this definition

(hold back is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of hold back ) wait uncompromisingly for something desirable

"He held out for the dessert and did not touch the cheeses"

(... is a kind of hold back ) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

Definition 6: refrain from doing - [verb of stative]

Samples where hold back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she forbore a snicker

Synonyms for hold back in the sense of this definition

(hold back is a kind of ...) resist doing something

"He refrained from hitting him back" "she could not forbear weeping"

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