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Meaning of KEEP BACK

Pronunciation:  keep bak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
  2. [v]  secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  3. [v]  keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
 Synonyms: hold, hold back, hold back, keep, restrain, retain, suppress, withhold
 See Also: block, bottle up, check, confine, contain, control, curb, deny, deprive, freeze, hold, hold down, hold in, hold on, immobilise, immobilize, keep, keep to oneself, moderate, prevent, quench, refuse, reserve



Thesaurus Terms
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