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[with-hohld, with-] /wɪθˈhoʊld, wɪð-/
verb (used with object), withheld, withholding.
to hold back; restrain or check.
to refrain from giving or granting:
to withhold payment.
to collect (taxes) at the source of income.
to deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary or wages.
verb (used without object), withheld, withholding.
to hold back; refrain.
to deduct withholding tax.
Origin of withhold
1150-1200; Middle English withholden. See with-, hold1
Related forms
withholder, noun
unwithheld, adjective
1, 2. suppress, repress. See keep.
1, 2. advance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for withheld
  • 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


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



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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