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

Meanwhile, businesses are holding back because of all the uncertainty — not only with China, but with Europe and even Mexico. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fed can only do so much to contain the damage from Trump’s trade war," 20 June 2019 Dams hold back vast quantities of sediment in deep reservoirs. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Dredging, dams and other river controls starve places downriver of much-needed sediment," 15 June 2019 Sophie Turner isn't holding back during her press tour for new movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Just Made the Best Risqué Joke About Joe Jonas," 9 June 2019 Nigerians have rarely held back criticism of the elites who blame the masses for their own poverty and illnesses. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 Microsoft has naturally held back most of the secret sauce of its Edge rendering engine in order to maintain a browser advantage on Windows. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Google’s Chrome browser will get better because of Microsoft," 6 Dec. 2018 The situation is complicated by the fact Bungie did previously have exclusivity deals with Sony for some Destiny 2 content, which held back features like cross-save as not all content is the same across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Destiny 2 is getting cross-save support on Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia," 6 June 2019 But the increased prevalence of older workers has led some to believe seniors are holding back the country's economic momentum by remaining in the workforce. Andrew Soergel, chicagotribune.com, "Are older workers job hoarding, hurting economy? 44% of young employees say graying workforce is a problem.," 6 June 2019 One is centered on National Review writer David French, a conservative who became the subject of a column published in the conservative journal First Things that argued his civility was holding back the cause of social conservatism. Jane Coaston, Vox, "David French vs. Sohrab Ahmari and the battle dividing conservatives, explained," 5 June 2019

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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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