HyperDic: hold_back

English > 6 senses of the expression hold back:
VERBcompetitionhold back, check, turn back, arrest, stop, containhold back, as of a danger or an enemy
stativehold back, forbearrefrain from doing
stativehold back, wait, hold offwait before acting
possessionhold back, retain, hold, keep backsecure and keep for possible future use or application
perceptionhold back, conceal, hold inhold back
changehold back, restrain, keep, keep backkeep under control
English > hold back: 6 senses > verb 1, competition
Meaninghold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymscheck, turn back, arrest, stop, contain
Narrowercut down, cut outintercept (a player)
BroaderdefendBe on the defensive
See alsoholdkeep in a certain state, position, or activity
Spanishcontener, parar
English > hold back: 6 senses > verb 2, stative
MeaningRefrain from doing.
PatternSomebody ----s
Broaderrefrain, forbearResist doing something
English > hold back: 6 senses > verb 3, stative
Meaningwait before acting.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s VERB-ing
ModelThey hold back a long time
Synonymswait, hold off
NarrowerdelayAct later than planned, scheduled, or required
hold outwait uncompromisingly for something desirable
Broaderact, movePerform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Spanishaguardar, esperar
English > hold back: 6 senses > verb 4, possession
MeaningSecure and keep for possible future use or application.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey hold back the money
Synonymsretain, hold, keep back
Narrowerhold downKeep
Broaderkeep, hold onRetain possession of
Spanishdetentar, retener
English > hold back: 6 senses > verb 5, perception
Meaninghold back; keep from being perceived by others.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsconceal, hold in
Narrowerocculthide from view
Spanishencubrir, esconder, ocultar, tapar
Catalanamagar, encobrir, ocultar, tapar
English > hold back: 6 senses > verb 6, change
MeaningKeep under control; keep in check.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s something PP
Synonymsrestrain, keep, keep back
Narrowerbaffle, regulatecheck the emission of (sound)
confineprevent from leaving or from being removed
control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderatelessen the intensity of
holdKeep from exhaling or expelling
rule, harness, reinKeep in check
swallowKeep from expressing
wink, blink, blink awayForce to go away by blinking

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