1. [ verb ] secure and keep for possible future use or application
Synonyms: hold retain hold_back

"The landlord retained the security deposit" "I reserve the right to disagree"

Related terms: keep hold_down reserve retention
2. [ verb ] keep under control; keep in check
Synonyms: restrain keep hold_back suppress

"suppress a smile" "Keep your temper" "keep your cool"

Related terms: prevent control hold confine bottle_up quench suppression
3. [ verb ] hold back; refuse to hand over or share
Synonyms: withhold

"The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"

Related terms: deny deny reserve deprive immobilize freeze keep_to_oneself withholder
Similar spelling:   keep_pace