keep back

Definitions of keep back
  1. verb
    keep under control; keep in check
    synonyms: hold back, keep, restrain
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    hold
    keep from exhaling or expelling
    confine
    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
    damp
    restrain or discourage
    cabin
    confine to a small space, such as a cabin
    closet
    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
    hold back, keep, restrain
    keep under control; keep in check
    quench
    electronics: suppress (sparking) when the current is cut off in an inductive circuit, or suppress (an oscillation or discharge) in a component or device
    choke
    check or slow down the action or effect of
    restrict
    place under restrictions; limit access to
    train
    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    catch
    check oneself during an action
    bate
    moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
    thermostat
    control the temperature with a thermostat
    counteract, countercheck
    oppose or check by a counteraction
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    bottle up, inhibit, suppress
    control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
  2. verb
    secure and keep for possible future use or application
    synonyms: hold, hold back, retain
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    hold down
    keep
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    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
  3. verb
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
    synonyms: withhold
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    block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    keep to oneself
    withhold information
    deny
    refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
    reserve
    hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
    immobilise, immobilize
    hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
    deprive
    keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
    ablactate, wean
    gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
    famish, starve
    deprive of food
    starve
    deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
    devote
    set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use
    tongue-tie
    deprive of speech
    dock
    deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
    bilk
    evade payment to
    disinherit, disown
    prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
    impoverish
    make poor
    disenfranchise, disfranchise
    deprive of voting rights
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    deny, refuse
    refuse to let have
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