holdback

noun
hold·​back | \ ˈhōl(d)-ˌbak How to pronounce holdback (audio) \

Definition of holdback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that retains or restrains
2a : the act of holding back
b : something held back

hold back

verb
held back; holding back; holds back

Definition of hold back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to hinder the progress or achievement of : restrain
b : to keep from advancing to the next stage, grade, or level
2 : to refrain from revealing or parting with held back important information

intransitive verb

1 : to keep oneself in check
2 : to refrain from revealing or parting with something

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Examples of holdback in a Sentence

Noun

there'll be a holdback on production until the new machinery is fully installed the only holdback to starting the new job is my contractual commitment to my current position

Verb

the only thing holding Joe back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation held back her tears until she was alone
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Connecticut Department of Education sent Canterbury town officials a letter saying that the additional holdback of $250,000 would incur a $500,000 Education Cost Sharing penalty. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Canterbury Boards Battle Over Roof Replacement, Education Budget," 3 Apr. 2018 Legislation is being discussed to do away with the penalty associated with cuts made after holdbacks were announced. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Canterbury Boards Battle Over Roof Replacement, Education Budget," 3 Apr. 2018 Negotiators from the House had agreed near the end of the regular session to lower the holdback to $100 million. Lsu Manship School News Service, NOLA.com, "An LSU student's analysis of the Legislature's budget impasse," 13 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The question was whether Intel was holding back hyperthreading as a premium feature. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel launches 18 9th-gen desktop Core chips, the majority without hyperthreading," 23 Apr. 2019 So get ready to be hugging all your besties and holding back tears by the end! 13. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "36 Nostalgic Songs That Must Be Played At Every Prom, No Questions Asked," 13 Mar. 2019 Carter is holding back the details of the album to maintain the surprise, but says the songs are from a specific time period. Chris Morris, Fortune, "A New Prince Album Is Coming 2 Years After His Death," 24 Apr. 2018 The drop is partly the effect of farmers’ selling down existing pig stocks and holding back from expanding herds. ... WSJ, "Snout Rout: Chinese Pig Population Sinks and Pork Prices Climb," 17 Apr. 2019 Kristy tells Vulture that nothing will be held back in their version of the story. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "What Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Stepmom Says Hulu's "The Act" Got Wrong," 4 Apr. 2019 Again, though, the implication was the chipmakers held back the PC market—and Windows. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface sales soar to nearly $2 billion, though chip shortages are hurting," 31 Jan. 2019 The Trump administration has contended that many of the regulations introduced after the financial crisis a decade ago to make banks stronger have held back lending and weighed on the wider economy. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Bank Earnings Climb in Growing Economy, but Lending Doesn’t Keep Pace," 13 July 2018 Protesters yelled and threw rocks at BLM law enforcement agents — who held back barking dogs. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of holdback

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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