hold back

Definitions of hold back
  1. verb
    refrain from doing
    synonyms: forbear
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    forbear, refrain
    resist doing something
  2. verb
    wait before acting
    synonyms: hold off, wait
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    hold out
    wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
    act later than planned, scheduled, or required
    hesitate, pause
    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
    dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, procrastinate, shillyshally, stall
    postpone doing what one should be doing
    postpone or delay needlessly
    defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table
    hold back to a later time
    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  3. verb
    hold back; keep from being perceived by others
    synonyms: conceal, hold in
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    hide from view
  4. verb
    secure and keep for possible future use or application
    synonyms: hold, keep back, retain
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    hold down
    type of:
    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
  5. verb
    keep under control; keep in check
    synonyms: keep, keep back, restrain
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    keep from exhaling or expelling
    prevent from leaving or from being removed
    bottle up, inhibit, suppress
    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
    restrain or discourage
    confine to a small space, such as a cabin
    confine to a small space, as for intensive work
    coop in, coop up
    confine in or as if in a coop
    lock, lock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away, shut up
    place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
    lock in, seal in
    close with or as if with a tight seal
    crucify, mortify, subdue
    hold within limits and control
    abnegate, deny
    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
    keep, keep back, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
    electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
    check or slow down the action or effect of
    place under restrictions; limit access to
    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    check oneself during an action
    moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
    control the temperature with a thermostat
    counteract, countercheck
    oppose or check by a counteraction
    type of:
    bottle up, inhibit, suppress
    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
  6. verb
    hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    synonyms: arrest, check, contain, stop, turn back
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    cut down, cut out
    intercept (a player)
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    be on the defensive; act against an attack
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