Definition of Keep back

1. Verb. Keep under control; keep in check. "Keep your cool"

Exact synonyms: Hold Back, Keep, Restrain
Specialized synonyms: Hold, Confine, Bottle Up, Inhibit, Suppress, Check, Contain, Control, Curb, Hold, Hold In, Moderate
Generic synonyms: Bottle Up, Inhibit, Suppress
Derivative terms: Restrainer, Restraint



2. Verb. Secure and keep for possible future use or application. "They keep back the money "; "I reserve the right to disagree"
Exact synonyms: Hold, Hold Back, Retain
Generic synonyms: Hold On, Keep
Specialized synonyms: Hold Down
Derivative terms: Holding, Retention

3. Verb. Hold back; refuse to hand over or share. "They keep back the money "; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
Exact synonyms: Withhold
Specialized synonyms: Block, Freeze, Immobilise, Immobilize, Keep To Oneself, Deny, Reserve, Immobilise, Immobilize, Deprive
Generic synonyms: Deny, Refuse
Derivative terms: Withholder, Withholder, Withholding

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Keep Back

keep a close watch on
keep a cool head
keep a lid on
keep a lookout
keep a weather eye open
keep abreast
keep an eye on
keep an eye open
keep an eye out
keep an eye peeled
keep apart
keep around
keep at
keep away
keep away from
keep back (current term)
keep bees
keep coming
keep company
keep down
keep faith
keep fit
keep from
keep going
keep guard
keep hope alive
keep house
keep in
keep in line
keep in mind

Literary usage of Keep back

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1. An Elementary Latin Dictionary by Charlton Thomas Lewis, Hugh Macmaster Kingery (1918)
"Fig., to retard, repress, check, keep back, avert, ... ere [re- + teneo], to hold back, keep back, keep, detain, retain, restrain: me, T. : concilium ..."

2. The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century: Comprising Its by James Gettys McGready Ramsey (1853)
"White pretended that he must keep back his troops, lest their animosity should break out, and an indiscriminate slaughter take place, in defiance of his ..."

3. The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon: Consisting of an Alphabetical ...by Benjamin Davidson by Benjamin Davidson (1848)
"... const with ace., ]D of the thing from which.—II. to save, preserve, deliver, const, id.—III. to withhold, const, id.—IV. to spare, keep back. Niph. ..."

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