holdback

noun hold·back \ ˈhōl(d)-ˌbak \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of holdback

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

Examples of holdback in a Sentence

  1. there'll be a holdback on production until the new machinery is fully installed

  2. the only holdback to starting the new job is my contractual commitment to my current position

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First Known Use of holdback

1581


hold back

verb

Definition of hold back

transitive verb
1 a : 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

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

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First Known Use of hold back

1535



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