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[ keep ]SEE DEFINITION OF keep back

Synonyms for keep back

  • defer
  • hoard
  • maintain
  • preserve
  • retain
  • save
  • set aside
  • stockpile
  • withhold
  • conserve
  • delay
  • duck
  • have
  • hold
  • plant
  • possess
  • postpone
  • squirrel
  • stash
  • store
  • keep out
  • lay up
  • put away
  • put by
  • put off
  • squirrel away
  • store up
  • stow away
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Antonyms for keep back

  • hurt
  • let go
  • release
  • spend
  • squander
  • throw away
  • waste
  • expedite
  • use
  • distribute
  • give
  • offer
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KEEP BACK

He had really not enough fortitude in him just then to tell her to keep back.

The hair sieve will keep back the other vegetable, the flavour of which only is wanted.

The captain could not keep back the speech which was at his tongue's end.

For the future, if I live, I must keep back some—a little—to bring me to you.

Paul could not keep back the tears when he saw how kind Uncle Peter was.

Hallo, keep back there, you are throwing us all into the river!

Her fists clenched and she bit her lip to keep back the tears.

What you wish to keep back from my salary may remain for the master's—coffin-nails.

Just say, then; is the matter you keep back of the gravest importance, or is it not?'

I gulped helplessly and for the life of me I could not keep back the tears.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English cepan "to seize, hold," also "to observe," from Proto-Germanic *kopijanan, but with no certain connection to other languages. It possibly is related to Old English capian "to look," from Proto-Germanic *kap- (cepan was used c.1000 to render Latin observare), which would make the basic sense "to keep an eye on."

Sense of "preserve, maintain" is from mid-14c. Meaning "to maintain in proper order" is from 1550s; meaning "financially support and privately control" (usually in reference to mistresses) is from 1540s. Related: Kept; keeping.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR KEEP BACK

bottle up

verbhold in check
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