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Synonyms for hold back

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back(verb)

    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 South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

    Synonyms:
    ensure, hold on, hold in, bar, collar, jibe, incorporate, tick off, control, carry, fit, gibe, run off, hold, moderate, cop, learn, checker, barricade, check out, mark off, retain, stop, pick up, condition, double back, assure, finish, tally, comprise, reverse, return, suss out, kibosh, check off, check over, stop over, match, check up on, cease, look into, ascertain, mark, insure, regress, forbear, go over, check, train, arrest, lay off, retrovert, quit, chase away, hold off, take, conceal, halt, block, catch, find out, see, discipline, terminate, wait, drive off, get, give up, nail, backtrack, intercept, revert, correspond, curb, restrain, keep, drive away, keep back, check into, blockade, contain, invert, bear, determine, nab, dispel, retard, crack, turn back, watch, block off, break off, see to it, break, discontinue, end, block up, tick, chequer, drive out, apprehend, agree, delay

  2. restrain, keep, keep back, hold back(verb)

    keep under control; keep in check

    "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"

    Synonyms:
    intimidate, retain, hold off, throttle, restrict, hold on, continue, withhold, save, stay fresh, trammel, go along, wait, hold in, stop, encumber, turn back, celebrate, hold open, keep, proceed, cumber, observe, forbear, go on, constrain, hold, conceal, confine, preserve, prevent, arrest, restrain, bound, keep open, keep on, maintain, limit, contain, keep back, sustain, check

  3. forbear, hold back(verb)

    refrain from doing

    "she forbore a snicker"

    Synonyms:
    hold in, keep, restrain, hold off, hold, check, conceal, retain, contain, keep back, forbear, wait, stop, arrest, refrain, turn back

  4. wait, hold off, hold back(verb)

    wait before acting

    "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"

    Synonyms:
    await, waitress, hold in, keep, restrain, hold off, hold, look, check, conceal, retain, contain, keep back, forbear, wait, stop, expect, arrest, turn back

  5. retain, hold, keep back, hold back(verb)

    secure and keep for possible future use or application

    "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, wait, book, retain, withhold, moderate, view as, support, apply, harbour, defend, take hold, bind, deem, hold up, continue, hold off, take, have, concord, check, make, admit, go for, take for, throw, defy, control, turn back, harbor, keep, obligate, carry, give, adjudge, entertain, forbear, nurse, oblige, curb, hold, conceal, confine, have got, arrest, restrain, withstand, agree, hold in, halt, contain, keep on, concur, maintain, guard, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, obtain, declare, stop, bear

  6. conceal, hold back, hold in(verb)

    hold back; keep from being perceived by others

    "She conceals her anger well"

    Synonyms:
    arrest, keep, restrain, confine, hold off, moderate, hold in, hold, check, conceal, retain, contain, keep back, forbear, enclose, wait, stop, hide, curb, control, turn back

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. hold back

    To restrain is to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force. Constrain is positive; restrain is negative; one is constrained to an action; he is restrained from an action. Constrain refers almost exclusively to moral force, restrain frequently to physical force, as when we speak of putting one under restraint. To restrain an action is to hold it partially or wholly in check, so that it is under pressure even while it acts; to restrict an action is to fix a limit or boundary which it may not pass, but within which it is free. To repress, literally to press back, is to hold in check, and perhaps only temporarily, that which is still very active; it is a feebler word than restrain; to suppress is finally and effectually to put down; suppress is a much stronger word than restrain; as, to suppress a rebellion. Compare ARREST; BIND; KEEP.

    Synonyms:
    abridge, bridle, check, circumscribe, confine, constrain, curb, hinder, hold, hold in, keep, keep back, keep down, keep in, keep under, repress, restrain, restrict, suppress, withhold

    Antonyms:
    aid, animate, arouse, emancipate, encourage, excite, free, impel, incite, let loose, release, set free

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. hold back

    Synonyms:
    check, restrain, impede, curb, retard

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How to use hold back in a sentence?

  1. Charles J. C. Lyall:

    There are four things that hold back human progress. Ignorance, stupidity, committees and accountants.

  2. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    We will not use the national security waiver to hold back U.S. sanctions against Iran -- especially not as a result of this flawed deal that he is pursuing.

  3. Barack Obama:

    I had been inclined to take the shot fairly early on in the discussions. But you hold back the decision until you have to make it. And in the end, what I very much appreciated, was the degree to which we had an honest debate, it was, in that way, emblematic of presidential decision-making, you're always working with probabilities.

  4. Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    There is a real danger, especially when the blockade is not resilient enough to hold back a political group that does not espouse our democracy's core values.

  5. Harry Reid:

    I'm sorry, I cannot hold back a smile, there are a lot of good reasons for this deal. But the best is that Cheney's against it. I mean, think about this: The architect of the worst foreign policy decision in the history of America - to invade Iraq. Look what it has done. Why would anyone with any degree of intelligence agree with him?


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