Textual thesaurus for "hold back"

(verb) contain, arrest, check, stop, turn back

hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

Arrest the downward trend; Check the growth of communism in South East Asia; Contain the rebel movement; Turn back the tide of communism

(verb) hold in, conceal

hold back; keep from being perceived by others

She conceals her anger well

(verb) keep back, hold, retain

secure and keep for possible future use or application

The landlord retained the security deposit; I reserve the right to disagree

(verb) keep, keep back, restrain

keep under control; keep in check

suppress a smile; Keep your temper; keep your cool

(verb) hold off, wait

wait before acting

the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment

(verb) forbear

refrain from doing

she forbore a snicker