hold back
hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Arrest the downward trend|Check the growth of communism in South East Asia|Contain the rebel movement|Turn back the tide of communism
refrain from doing
she forbore a snicker
Synonym: forbear
wait before acting
the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment
Synonym: hold off, wait
secure and keep for possible future use or application
The landlord retained the security deposit|I reserve the right to disagree
Synonym: hold, keep back, retain
hold back; keep from being perceived by others
She conceals her anger well
Synonym: hold in, conceal
prevent the action or expression of
hold back your anger|keep your cool|she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays