hold back

verb

Definition of hold back

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to hinder the progress or achievement of :  restrainb :  to keep from advancing to the next stage, grade, or level

  3. 2 :  to refrain from revealing or parting with held back important information

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to keep oneself in check

  6. 2 :  to refrain from revealing or parting with something

Examples of hold back in a Sentence

  1. the only thing holding Joe back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation

  2. held back her tears until she was alone

First Known Use of hold back

1535



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