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English verb: hold in

1. hold in (stative) close in


SamplesDarkness enclosed him.


Synonymsconfine, enclose


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bear, carry, contain, hold


Narrower (hyponym)border, bound, box in, box up, embank, frame, rail, rail in

2. hold in (social) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits


SamplesModerate your alcohol intake.
Hold your tongue.
Hold your temper.
Control your anger.


Synonymscheck, contain, control, curb, hold, moderate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain


Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, bate, bound, catch, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, crucify, curb, damp, deny, inhibit, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, restrict, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suppress, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

3. hold in (perception) hold back; keep from being perceived by others


SamplesShe conceals her anger well.


Synonymsconceal, hold back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)occult









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