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  Definition of hold back
  1. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
  2. hold back; keep from being perceived by others; "She conceals her anger well"
  3. secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  4. keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
  5. wait before acting
Similar Words: check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, conceal, hold in, retain, hold, keep back, restrain, suppress, keep, wait, hold off

 

Hyponyms: cut down, cut out, occult, hold down, hold, confine, quench, bottle up, suppress, control, hold in, contain, check, curb, moderate, hold out, delay

 

Derivational Morphology: containment, catch, stop, concealment, concealing, hiding, retention, keeping, holding, suppression, curtailment, restrainer, controller, restraint, delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait, waiter

 

 
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