keep (someone or something) back
Definition of keep (someone or something) back
1 : to not allow (someone) to go near something The police kept the spectators back.
2 US : to not allow (a student) to advance to the next grade level —usually used as (be) kept back Students who fail the exam may be kept back a year.
3 British : to require (a student) to stay at school after classes have ended She was kept back for talking in class.
4 : to not allow (something) to appear or be known He struggled to keep back his tears. The government kept back some crucial information from the media.
Word by Word Definitions
: to take notice of by appropriate conduct : fulfill: such as
: to be faithful to
: to act fittingly in relation to
: custody, charge
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: some person : somebody
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
: the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine
: the body considered as the wearer of clothes
: capacity for labor, effort, or endurance
: to, toward, or at the rear
: in or into the past : backward in time
: being at or in the back
: distant from a central or main area
: articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth
: to support by material or moral assistance
: to assume financial responsibility for
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