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Verb: keep back  keep bak
  1. Secure and keep for possible future use or application
    "The landlord kept back the security deposit";
    - retain, hold, hold back
     
  2. Hold back; refuse to hand over or share
    "The father is keeping back the allowance until the son cleans his room";
    - withhold
     
  3. Prevent the action or expression of
    - restrain, keep, hold back

Derived forms: keeping back, keeps back, kept back

See also: keep

Type of: deny, hold on, keep, refuse