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1 hold back

Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.

synonyms: arrest, check, contain, stop, turn back.

Roget 819: be parsimonious etc. adj.; grudge, begrudge, stint, pinch, gripe, screw, dole out, hold back, withhold, starve, famish, ... show more

Roget 751: restrain, check; put under restraint, lay under restraint; enthral, enthrall, inthral, inthrall, bethral, bethrall; restrict; debar etc. ... show more

Dutch: keren

2 hold back

Refrain from doing.

synonym: forbear.

3 hold back

Wait before acting.

synonyms: hold off, wait.

Roget 623: abstain, refrain, spare, not attempt; not do etc. 681; maintain the even tenor of one's way.    eschew, keep from, let alone, have nothing to do with; keep aloof keep off, stand aloof, ... show more

Dutch: wachten

4 hold back

Secure and keep for possible future use or application.

synonyms: hold, keep back, retain.

Roget 781: retain, keep; hold fast one's own, hold tight one's own, hold fast one's ground, hold tight one's ground; clinch, clench, clutch, grasp, gripe, hug, have a firm hold of.    ... show more

Roget 616: dissuade, dehort, cry out against, remonstrate, expostulate, warn, contraindicate.    disincline, indispose, shake, stagger; dispirit; discourage, dishearten; ... show more

Dutch: behouden

5 hold back

Hold back; keep from being perceived by others.

synonyms: conceal, hold in.

Dutch: benevelen, camoufleren, maskeren, verbergen, verbloemen, verdoezelen, verhelen, verhullen, versluieren, wegstoppen

6 hold back

Prevent the action or expression of:
— Hold back your anger.

synonyms: keep, keep back, restrain.

Roget 636: store; put by, lay by, set by; stow away; set apart, lay apart; store treasure, hoard treasure, lay up, heap up, put up, garner up, save up; ... show more

Dutch: beteugelen


Roget 706: prevention, preclusion, obstruction, stoppage; embolus, embolism [Med.]; infarct [Med.]; interruption, interception, interclusion; hindrance, impedition; retardment, ... show more

Moby thesaurus: 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 ... show more.

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