held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment”
hold back, wait
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wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
act later than planned, scheduled, or required
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
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)