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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

How to pronounce hold back?

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How to say hold back in sign language?

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How to use hold back in a sentence?

  1. Jill Biden:

    Too often, I think we recognize the incredible bravery and sacrifice of this community only after tragedy strikes, you aren't just firefighters, you're community healers, you are healers and counselors and protectors. You are public servants in the truest sense with duty, integrity and courage. You stand between us and destruction. You hold back death. So for your service, for our sacrifice, for your incredible courage, thank you.

  2. Sir Thomas More:

    Don't give up the ship in a storm because you cannot hold back the winds.”

  3. Dominic Manecke:

    One young black female took a step off( the curb) and the cop kind of took that, I guess,' sideways.' Instantly, a white man kind of came to Joyce Beatty defense and then was instantly body-slammed to the ground. Joyce Beatty runs out into the street to hold back the cop and the protesters. Another cop comes up with his bike and pushes Joyce Beatty out of the way... and then it's naturally getting heated... that one cop pulls, I don't know why he does it, he pulls out his Mace and does what he does.

  4. Enrico Caruso:

    I know that I shall sing only a certain number of times. So I think to myself, Tonight I will hold back my voice. I will save it a little and that will mean I may be able to sing a few more times. But when I go before the audience, when I hear the music and begin to sing, I cannot hold back. I give the best there is in me - I give all.

  5. Scot Safon:

    Talent moves like this are incredibly complex, unfortunately, everybody wants to hold back all communications until every single detail is worked out and by then the 'news' rushes out of the room and you can't control it.I'm sure they wanted to treat her right, but they clearly wanted to hold back communicating with anyone, including her, until everything was nailed down.Precisely the moment when everything barrels forward, you lose control of it.


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