hold back

verb

Definition of hold back

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to hinder the progress or achievement of :  restrain b :  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>

1535

First Known Use of hold back

1535


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