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  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.


  1. hold back

    "Hold back" generally refers to either restraining oneself from taking necessary or required actions, or preventing or delaying the progress, development or advancement of someone or something. It could also mean to retain or withhold information, feelings or emotions.

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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. Haleigh Seizys:

    I genuinely wish that they could come and follow me for just an hour so they could see how much their feet hurt, and see how many people are trying to hold back tears day to day, and they can see the trauma these patients are going through, these people are dying very traumatic deaths, and it's so hard to watch.

  2. Steve Clayton:

    Ongoing restructuring to position the group further toward digital commerce will hold back earnings in the near term, perhaps explaining the market’s lack of enthusiasm for the numbers this morning.

  3. Meb Keflezighi:

    I'd like to be running here but I have to hold back for Rio.

  4. Alex Holmes:

    As such, persistent weakness in the aviation and retail and hospitality sector will hold back the recovery.

  5. Alishia May:

    Don't hold back when you know you can go forward.

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