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

Samples where keep 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 keep back in the sense of this definition

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

"hold your breath"

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

"blink away tears"

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

"rule one's temper"

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

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

"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"

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

(... is a kind of keep 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; refuse to hand over or share - [verb of possession]

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

  • The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room

Synonyms for keep back in the sense of this definition

(keep back is a kind of ...) refuse to let have

"She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her her weekly allowance"

(... is a kind of keep back ) prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

"Blocked funds" "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

(... is a kind of keep back ) withhold information

"I kept your little secret to myself all these years"

(... is a kind of keep back ) refuse to grant, as of a petition or request

"The dean denied the students' request for more physics courses" "the prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day"

(... is a kind of keep back ) hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

"they held back their applause in anticipation"

(... is a kind of keep back ) hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital

(... is a kind of keep back ) keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

Definition 3: secure and keep for possible future use or application - [verb of possession]

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

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

Synonyms for keep back in the sense of this definition

(keep 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 keep back ) keep

"She manages to hold down two jobs"

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