Synonyms and Antonyms of hold back
1 to create difficulty for the work or activity of the only thing holding Joe back from joining the swim team is lack of transportation Synonyms of hold back clog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, fetter, handcuff, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hamper, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, tie up, trammelWords Related to hold back balk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)Near Antonyms of hold back clear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promoteAntonyms of hold back aid, assist, facilitate, help
2 to refrain from openly showing or uttering held back her tears until she was alone Synonyms of hold back choke (back), suppress, pocket, repress, sink, smother, stifle, strangle, submerge, swallowWords Related to hold back control, govern, manage; bridle, check, curb, quash, quell; bottle up, contain; muffle, squelchNear Antonyms of hold back express, loose, release, take out, unleash, vent
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