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  1. [verb] keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
    Synonyms: suppress, keep, keep back, hold back

  2. [verb] place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    Synonyms: restrict, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle

  3. [verb] to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
    Synonyms: confine, hold

  4. [verb] hold back
    Synonyms: encumber, cumber, constrain

  5. [verb] to compel or deter by or as if by threats
    Synonyms: intimidate


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