(third-person singular simple present holds back, present participle holding back, simple past and past participle held back)
- (idiomatic) to act with reserve; to contain one's full measure or power
- Don't hold back. Hit it as hard as you can.
- (idiomatic) to contain; stop
- The dam can't hold back that much water.
- (idiomatic) to delay, especially in school
- He's a year older than his classmates because he was held back in second grade.