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Princeton's WordNet

  1. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold backverb

    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"

  2. restrain, keep, keep back, hold backverb

    keep under control; keep in check

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

  3. forbear, hold backverb

    refrain from doing

    "she forbore a snicker"

  4. wait, hold off, hold backverb

    wait before acting

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

  5. retain, hold, keep back, hold backverb

    secure and keep for possible future use or application

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

  6. conceal, hold back, hold inverb

    hold back; keep from being perceived by others

    "She conceals her anger well"


  1. hold backverb

    to act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power

  2. hold backverb

    to contain; stop

  3. hold backverb

    to delay, especially in school


  1. Hold Back

    Hold Back (French: Rengaine) is a 2012 French drama film directed and written by Rachid Djaidani.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hold back in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hold back in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hold back in a Sentence

  1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    Serious work must take place. We can withstand the sanctions and neutralize and foil the enemy's goals. If we don't, the enemy would proceed and place conditions on our nuclear program and impose sanctions, if sanctions are to be the way, the Iranian nation can also do it. A big collection of the world's oil and gas is in Iran so Iran if necessary can hold back on the gas that Europe and the world is so dependent on.

  2. Jerry Meral:

    At present these dams cannot hold back flood waters long enough to put them to productive use, by repairing them storage would be increased and water supplies augmented.

  3. Jon Cooper:

    The regular season clearly helped him out, but you’ve got to be fearless. You can’t have reservations. You can’t hold back. When you start playing not to lose, that’s basically when you’re going to lose. These guys that attack situations and have confidence with it usually have success.

  4. Ryan Lochte:

    I'm just happy I'm going to Rio and I'm representing my country, every race hurts. You can't hold back, you've just got to go out there and give it your all.

  5. Mary Manin Boggs:

    When we hold back on life, life holds us back.

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