What is another word for holding back?

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Present participle for to impede the work or progress of
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“I wouldn't hold him back from achieving his career goals, and he wouldn't want to be my emotional crutch when things went wrong.”
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Present participle for to (attempt to) repress or suppress showing or expressing something
“I bowed my head trying to hold back tears.”
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Present participle for to refrain from saying or doing something
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“She decided not to hold back from speaking her mind in front of her husband and his mother.”
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Present participle for to refrain from openly expressing or displaying
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Present participle for to refrain from openly expressing or displaying
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Present participle for to delay a situation until one is prepared
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Present participle for to delay action until a particular time or event
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Present participle for to preserve (something) by not expending or using it
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Present participle for be very economical or mean about spending or providing something
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Present participle for to take a less aggressive position in a conflict than one previously has or has planned to
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Present participle for to move or walk lackadaisically
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Present participle for pretend as if something were unimportant
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Present participle for to lower the rank or status of something or someone
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Present participle for to hold or maintain
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Present participle for euphemize, hold back in communication
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Present participle for state that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of
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Present participle for to fend off or defend against something hostile
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Present participle for to remove or take away from
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Present participle for to resent or envy the success or possessions of
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Present participle for to show an unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to
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Present participle for to remove completely, leaving no trace
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Provisional
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Maintaining
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That serves to suppress
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The action of inhibiting a process
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Abstinence from social activities
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The action of detaining someone or the state of being detained in official custody
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