French translation of 'hold back'
separable transitive verb
1. (= restrain) [person, crowd] retenir
to hold back one’s tears retenir ses larmes
to hold back one’s laughter s’efforcer de ne pas éclater de rire
2. (= hinder, inhibit) [person]
[situation, conditions] être un obstacle pour
She wanted to be an actress but her dyslexia held her back. Elle voulait être actrice, mais sa dyslexie a été un obstacle pour elle.
She’s very ambitious, so don’t try to hold her back. Elle est très ambitieuse, n’essaie pas de la brider.
to hold sb back from doing sth retenir qn de faire qch
Sydney’s pride held him back from relying on her too much. C’est son orgueil qui retenait Sydney de trop dépendre d’elle.
What’s holding him back from making a final decision? Qu’est-ce qui le retient de prendre une décision sans appel ?
3. (= keep to o.s.)
[secret] garder pour soi
[information] garder pour soi
What helpful information do you believe I have held back? Quelle information utile crois-tu que j’ai gardée pour moi ?
Are you holding something back? Tu me caches quelque chose ?
(= hesitate before acting) temporiser
The administration had several reasons for holding back. L’administration avait ses raisons de temporiser.
to hold back from doing sth attendre avant de faire qch
Ministers held back from making the bad news public. Les ministres ont attendu avant de rendre publique la mauvaise nouvelle. ⧫ Les ministres ont retardé la diffusion de la mauvaise nouvelle.
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Example Sentences Including 'hold back'
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Very little would have been held back, either about his own players or about the opposition.Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough (2007)
It holds back productivity and economic growth.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Unless solutions appear, growth is going to be held back.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
But she won't hold back when something needs saying!The Sun (2012)
Having his thoughts elsewhere when you are making love is his way of holding back from true intimacy.The Sun (2009)
He didn't hold back about how he felt about police harassment and fame.The Sun (2016)
It can feel safer to hold back part of your heart, but loving without limits changes so much about your life.The Sun (2014)
It can feel safer to hold back some of your feelings, but now you're ready to show how deep love goes.The Sun (2012)
It can feel safer to hold back some of your love but it is time to put your whole heart into the relationship.The Sun (2011)
So try not to hold back if you feel enthusiastic.The Sun (2016)
So there's no reason to hold back or go easy.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The match really was played in the best possible way: mistimed tackles were acknowledged and apologised for, yet no one held back a thing.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Wales certainly weren't going to be holding back.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Are you perhaps holding back on something?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Surprisingly, you're as likely to hold back about certain matters as others.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
But of course it is painful for you to feel held back like this.The Sun (2014)
He will not hold back if he gets his chance at Home Park.The Sun (2008)
Hold back from getting involved with other women for now and work out why this rejection hurts so much.The Sun (2014)
In part it is held back by the conducting.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Increasing interference and regulation from Brussels is one of the things holding back British business and slowing recovery.The Sun (2013)
It's more likely to be that you are subconsciously holding back in some way.The Sun (2014)
Now she is not holding back, raving about weed.The Sun (2013)
Bus cuts on the scale we are facing risk holding back economic recovery.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
This is having a negative impact on the construction industry at a time when weak demand is holding back wider economic recovery.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translation of hold back from the Collins English to French Dictionary