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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhold in
he/she/itholds in
present participleholding in
past tenseheld in
past participleheld in
  1. 1
    to not allow your feelings to show

    It can be bad for you to hold in anger.

  2. 2
    to stop something from moving outwards

    I was trying desperately to hold my tummy in.

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