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But our system of regulation must keep up with this. If it fails to keep up, it will hold back economic expansion. We need financial market regulation that works at national and European level.
John Bruton

Meaning of "hold back" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HOLD BACK

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HOLD BACK

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Hold back is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb hold back in English.

WHAT DOES HOLD BACK MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of hold back in the English dictionary

The first definition of hold back in the dictionary is to restrain or be restrained. Other definition of hold back is to withhold. Hold back is also a strap of the harness joining the breeching to the shaft, so that the horse can hold back the vehicle.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HOLD BACK

PRESENT

Present
I hold back
you hold back
he/she/it holds back
we hold back
you hold back
they hold back
Present continuous
I am holding back
you are holding back
he/she/it is holding back
we are holding back
you are holding back
they are holding back
Present perfect
I have held back
you have held back
he/she/it has held back
we have held back
you have held back
they have held back
Present perfect continuous
I have been holding back
you have been holding back
he/she/it has been holding back
we have been holding back
you have been holding back
they have been holding back
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I held back
you held back
he/she/it held back
we held back
you held back
they held back
Past continuous
I was holding back
you were holding back
he/she/it was holding back
we were holding back
you were holding back
they were holding back
Past perfect
I had held back
you had held back
he/she/it had held back
we had held back
you had held back
they had held back
Past perfect continuous
I had been holding back
you had been holding back
he/she/it had been holding back
we had been holding back
you had been holding back
they had been holding back
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will hold back
you will hold back
he/she/it will hold back
we will hold back
you will hold back
they will hold back
Future continuous
I will be holding back
you will be holding back
he/she/it will be holding back
we will be holding back
you will be holding back
they will be holding back
Future perfect
I will have held back
you will have held back
he/she/it will have held back
we will have held back
you will have held back
they will have held back
Future perfect continuous
I will have been holding back
you will have been holding back
he/she/it will have been holding back
we will have been holding back
you will have been holding back
they will have been holding back
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would hold back
you would hold back
he/she/it would hold back
we would hold back
you would hold back
they would hold back
Conditional continuous
I would be holding back
you would be holding back
he/she/it would be holding back
we would be holding back
you would be holding back
they would be holding back
Conditional perfect
I would have hold back
you would have hold back
he/she/it would have hold back
we would have hold back
you would have hold back
they would have hold back
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been holding back
you would have been holding back
he/she/it would have been holding back
we would have been holding back
you would have been holding back
they would have been holding back
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you hold back
we let´s hold back
you hold back
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to hold back
Past participle
held back
Present Participle
holding back
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HOLD BACK

hold a brief for
hold a pistol to a person´s head
hold all the aces
hold court
hold down
hold for
hold forth
hold in
hold it!
hold off
hold on
hold on like grim death
hold one´s breath
hold one´s hand
hold one´s head high
hold one´s horses
hold one´s own
hold one´s peace
hold one´s tongue
hold out

WORDS THAT END LIKE HOLD BACK

a slap on the back
back
back to back
bounce back
fall back
fight back
get back
go back
hit back
look back
lower back
on one´s back
pat on the back
pay back
pull back
put back
set back
sit back
slap on the back
take back
upper back

Synonyms and antonyms of hold back in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HOLD BACK»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «hold back» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of hold back

Translation of «hold back» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HOLD BACK

Find out the translation of hold back to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of hold back from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «hold back» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

contener
570 millions of speakers

English

hold back
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वापस पकड़
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كبح
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

сдержать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

segurar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পেছনে ধরে রাখ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

endiguer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

menahan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

zurückhalten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

控える
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

다시 잡아
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

nggendholi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

giữ lại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

திரும்பிப் பிடிக்கவும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परत धरा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Geri çekil
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

trattenere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

powstrzymać
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

стримати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

țineți înapoi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συγκρατήσει
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hou terug
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hålla tillbaka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

holde tilbake
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of hold back

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLD BACK»

The term «hold back» is very widely used and occupies the 17.180 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLD BACK» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «hold back» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «hold back» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about hold back

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10 QUOTES WITH «HOLD BACK»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word hold back.
1
Sade Adu
People generally let me be me. People are aware that I'm not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.
2
Jhene Aiko
I think if a woman is feeling aggressive, she should be aggressive and not hold back.
3
Walter Annenberg
When we hold back out of laziness, that is when we tie ourselves into knots of boredom.
4
Jacob Artist
Girls love guys who dance, and I'm definitely going to be the first one on the dance floor. Usually, you just see guys sitting around, but I definitely don't hold back when it comes to dancing.
5
Chester Bennington
I don't like to hold back, because that's how you hurt yourself.
6
Nate Berkus
We hold back our true feelings and beliefs, whether it's from a sense of being polite or fear of hurting someone's feelings. But what I have seen on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is that no one benefits from holding back and keeping things bottled up inside. So I pride myself on speaking my mind and not being afraid to give honest feedback.
7
John Bruton
But our system of regulation must keep up with this. If it fails to keep up, it will hold back economic expansion. We need financial market regulation that works at national and European level.
8
Julian Clary
It's a wise thing to hold back.
9
Steven Cojocaru
I'll name names, you know I won't hold back.
10
Trick Daddy
I used to hold back because people would get offended, but now I'm like, 'You're going to hear me, regardless. Whether you accept what I have to say or not is on you.'

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HOLD BACK»

Discover the use of hold back in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to hold back and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Hold Back this Day
One white man fights to preserve his racial identity against the attempts of a totalitarian world government to eradicate racial differences by promoting universal miscegenation.
Ward Kendall, 2011
2
Hold Back the Dark
IN EILEEN CARR'S HEART-POUNDING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE DEBUT, AN UNSPEAKABLE CRIME WITH A MYSTERIOUS TWIST IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
Eileen Carr, 2009
3
Alternative Ageing: The Natural Way to Hold Back the Years
Suzi Grant walks her talk. Now in her fifties, Suzi is the ultimate baby boomer; she lives life to the full and cares passionately about her health.
Suzi Grant, 2006
4
Hold Back the Night
This book represents a collection of original poetry by the author.
Linda Jean-Pierre, 2013
5
Hold Back the Tide
A lovelorn Police Chief hires a hypnotist to erase his obsessions from his mind so he can get back to solving local crimes.
W. Watts Biggers, 2001
6
Hold Back the Sun
A young, beautiful woman is robbed of her memory and about to be robbed of her vast fortune.
June Lund Shiplett, 1981
7
Hold Back The Night
Billy Rucker has been asked to trace Lucy Bradley, a runaway on the streets of London.
Adam Baron, 2000
8
Tired of Do-List Christianity?: Debunking the Misconceptions ...
Morton offers disarming stories that help readers discover their personal, crippling misconceptions about their relationship with God.
Scott Morton, 2006
9
Hold Back the Dark
Nicholas Always Makes the Rules Or that's how it seems to Clarry Rickard.
Jane Donnelly, 2012
10
Hold Back the Rain
Meet Lou Sumner.
Marsha C. Gage, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HOLD BACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term hold back is used in the context of the following news items.
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Bret Bielema doesn't hold back on responses - GoVolsXtra Story
Bret Bielema doesn't hold back on responses. Dustin Dopirak. 8:29 PM, Jul 15, 2015. Associated Press/Brynn Anderson Arkansas coach Bret Bielema speaks to ... «Knoxville News Sentinel, Jul 15»
2
Sinéad O'Connor didn't hold back on what she thinks of Kim …
LONDON — Sinéad O'Connor has form when it comes to speaking her mind about pop-culture's obsession du jour, so it's probably no surprise ... «Mashable, Jul 15»
3
Punitive levies 'hold back productivity and growth' | The Australian
Punitive levies 'hold back productivity'. Property Council of Australia CEO Ken Morrison. Source: Supplied. Building and development groups ... «The Australian, Jul 15»
4
'Tough Enough' Q&A: Gabriela Castrovinci's WWE dream put on …
And I didn't appreciate that so I thought, “I'm just going to hold back and observe her,” and sure enough, things start happening and we ended ... «Yahoo Sports, Jul 15»
5
Standing straw prices drop £10-£15/acre as buyers hold back
Standing straw prices have dropped for the second year running, reflecting a lack of cashflow on many livestock farms and a high carryover ... «FarmersWeekly, Jul 15»
6
Taxes and red tape threaten to hold back Indian aviation, says Iata …
Heavy taxation and other burdensome regulations could stifle India's aviation sector, the chief of the global airline industry's trade body said ... «The National, Jul 15»
7
Market Report: Investors hold back as Greek PM faces new battle …
Market Report: Investors hold back as Greek PM faces new battle over bailout. Battle cry: Anti-austerity protesters rallied in Athens last night ... «Evening Standard, Jul 15»
8
Johnson City schools to hold Back-to-School bash on August 1
JOHNSON CITY, TN -The 3rd Annual “Back 2 School” Bash will be Saturday, August 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ETSU/MSHA ... «WJHL, Jul 15»
9
Those opposed to Scott Walker's bid for president don't hold back in …
MILWAUKEE — Governor Scott Walker on Monday, July 13th made his bid for the White House official, with an announcement at the ... «fox6now.com, Jul 15»
10
GMO myths hold back advances in eco-conscious farming
Few scientific avenues are as controversial in the public mind as genetic modification of crops. Many scientists are allured by the potential to ... «Genetic Literacy Project, Jul 15»

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