Share this entry

hold back

Definition of hold back in English:

Hesitate to act or speak: he held back, remembering the mistake he had made before
More example sentences
  • Whereas most DJs put on this all pervasive and all-knowing on-air persona, he holds back and comes across as merely another average guy just trying to get his head around this strange world we live in.
  • However, it holds back from actually making a critical judgment.
  • Our very opinionated panel never holds back on the big stories of the week.
hesitate, pause, stop oneself, restrain oneself, desist, forbear, discontinue, withhold from doing something, refrain from doing something
See parent entry: hold

Definition of hold back in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day confidant
Pronunciation: ˈkɒnfɪdant
a person with whom one shares a secret...