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    hold back - Dictionary definition and meaning for word hold back

    Definition
    (verb) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    Synonyms : arrest , check , contain , stop , turn back
    Example Sentence
    • Arrest the downward trend
    • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
    • Contain the rebel movement
    • Turn back the tide of communism
    Definition
    (verb) keep under control; keep in check
    Synonyms : keep , keep back , restrain
    Example Sentence
    • suppress a smile
    • Keep your temper
    • keep your cool
    Definition
    (verb) refrain from doing
    Synonyms : forbear
    Example Sentence
    • she forbore a snicker
    Definition
    (verb) wait before acting
    Synonyms : hold off , wait
    Example Sentence
    • the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment
    Definition
    (verb) secure and keep for possible future use or application
    Synonyms : hold , keep back , retain
    Example Sentence
    • The landlord retained the security deposit
    • I reserve the right to disagree
    Definition
    (verb) hold back; keep from being perceived by others
    Synonyms : conceal , hold in
    Example Sentence
    • She conceals her anger well
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