hold back

Synonyms and related words:
abstain, abstain from, arrest, avoid, avoid excess, backpedal, backwater, begrudge, bit, block, bottle up, brake, bridle, check, clip the wings, close the hand, confine, conserve, constrain, contain, control, cool, cool off, countercheck, curb, curtail, dam up, damp, dampen, decelerate, delay, deny, detain, dispense with, do without, dompt, drag, draw rein, ease off, ease up, eat sparingly, eat to live, enjoin, eschew, exercise self-control, forbear, forgo, govern, grudge, guard, hinder, hold, hold aloof from, hold at bay, hold down, hold fast, hold in, hold in check, hold in leash, hold off, hold out on, hold up, husband, impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene, keep, keep back, keep by one, keep from, keep in, keep in check, keep in hand, keep in reserve, keep in store, keep on hand, keep out, keep under control, keep within bounds, keep within compass, keep within limits, lag, lay by, lay under restraint, let alone, let down, let go by, let up, live plainly, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, make late, meddle, moderate, mortify the flesh, never touch, not touch, not use, obstruct, oppose, pass up, preserve, prohibit, pull, pull in, put apart, put aside, put by, reef, refrain, refrain from, rein, rein in, relax, repress, reserve, resist, restrain, retain, retard, retrench, save, save up, scotch, set apart, set aside, set back, set by, shun, slack off, slack up, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, snub, spare, stand aloof from, stay, stop, straiten, suppress, take in sail, throttle down, waive, withhold

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.

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  • hold back — / hold off [v] repress bit, bridle, check, control, curb, defer, delay, deny, forbear, hold down, hold in, inhibit, keep, keep back, keep out, postpone, prevent, put off, refrain, refuse, restrain, stop, suppress, withhold; concepts 121,130 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • hold|back — «HOHLD BAK», noun, adjective. –n. 1. a thing that holds back; restraint; hindrance. 2. the act of restraining or preventing action. 3. an iron or strap on the shaft of a wagon or carriage to which the harness is attached, enabling a horse to hold …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold back — (from (doing something)) to avoid doing something. Unable to hold back, we screamed with laughter. We were worried about viewers reactions, so we held back from broadcasting the show …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold back — hold (something) back to keep something secret. They talk about everything and hold back nothing …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold back — hold, withhold, reserve, detain, retain, *keep, keep back, keep out …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hold back — ► hold back hesitate. Main Entry: ↑hold …   English terms dictionary

  • hold back — index arrest (stop), avoid (evade), balk, clog, confine, constrain (restrain) …   Law dictionary

  • hold back — verb 1. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of (Freq. 4) Arrest the downward trend Check the growth of communism in South East Asia Contain the rebel movement Turn back the tide of communism • Syn: ↑check, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold back — 1) PHR V ERG If you hold back or something holds you back, you hesitate before you do something because you are not sure whether it is the right thing to do. [V P] The administration had several reasons for holding back... [V n P] Melancholy and… …   English dictionary

  • hold back — phrasal verb Word forms hold back : present tense I/you/we/they hold back he/she/it holds back present participle holding back past tense held back past participle held back 1) [transitive] to stop someone or something from moving forwards Ollie… …   English dictionary

  • hold back — v. 1) (D; tr.) ( to keep ) to hold back from (lack of education held him back from promotion) 2) (d; intr.) to hold back with (to hold back with one s reserves) * * * [ həʊld bæk] (D; tr.) ( to keep ) to hold back from (lack of education held him …   Combinatory dictionary

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