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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 withhold
  • It said the government could withhold evidence if revealing it would jeopardize national security.
  • We must withhold our labor, both collectively and as individuals.
  • But sometimes the bank should also withhold money from a government.
  • Water thoroughly, then withhold water until leaves emerge.
  • Sometimes doctors and parents decide to withhold surgery or other major treatment in the belief that it is futile.
  • If you don't pay your library fine then your university can genuinely withhold your degree as a result.
  • Many internal members are likely to withhold their names for self-protection.
  • Tether wanted to be able to withhold money from a research project at any time.
  • It is likely wise to withhold judgment and observe the process as it unfolds.
  • They can either vote in favor of a board member or withhold their support.
British Dictionary definitions for withhold


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 withhold

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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