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[with-hohld, with-] /wɪθˈhoʊld, wɪð-/
verb (used with object), withheld, withholding.
1.
to hold back; restrain or check.
2.
to refrain from giving or granting:
to withhold payment.
3.
to collect (taxes) at the source of income.
4.
to deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary or wages.
verb (used without object), withheld, withholding.
5.
to hold back; refrain.
6.
to deduct withholding tax.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English withholden. See with-, hold1
Related forms
withholder, noun
unwithheld, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. suppress, repress. See keep.
Antonyms
1, 2. advance.
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  • Let us command the respect which is never withheld from those who act a noble and generous part.
  • On an examination of that instrument it will be found to contain declarations of power granted and of power withheld.
  • The contract promised that antibiotics would not be withheld.
  • She withheld full publication until she had checked her work too much to doubt it.
  • As a scientist, the idea of having any scientific work withheld is one that does not sit well.
  • They have withheld important information that could have saved thousands of lives.
  • For now, approvals for new golf courses are to be withheld until new regulations are issued.
  • The poor reaction in part reflects fears that rescue money could be withheld.
  • But that refers to ignorance of the law, not ignorance of facts that were withheld.
  • The state also withheld taxes at source, identified taxpayers by number, and audited suspected tax-dodgers.
British Dictionary definitions for withheld

withhold

/wɪðˈhəʊld/
verb -holds, -holding, -held
1.
(transitive) to keep back; refrain from giving: he withheld his permission
2.
(transitive) to hold back; restrain
3.
(transitive) to deduct (taxes, etc) from a salary or wages
4.
(intransitive) usually foll by from. to refrain or forbear
Derived Forms
withholder, noun
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Word Origin and History for withheld

withhold

v.

c.1200, from with- "back, away" (see with) + holden "to hold" (see hold (v.)); probably a loan-translation of Latin retinere "to withhold." Related: Withheld; withholding. Past participle form withholden was still used 19c.

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