Simple Definition of withhold
: to hold (something) back
: to refuse to provide (something)
: to take out (an amount of money for taxes) from someone's income
Full Definition of withhold
Examples of withhold in a sentence
She was accused of withholding evidence.
She has $20 withheld from her paycheck every week.
Origin and Etymology of withhold
Middle English, from with from + holden to hold — more at with
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of withhold
keep, retain, detain, withhold, reserve mean to hold in one's possession or under one's control. keep may suggest a holding securely in one's possession, custody, or control <keep this while I'm gone>. retain implies continued keeping, especially against threatened seizure or forced loss <managed to retain their dignity even in poverty>. detain suggests a delay in letting go <detained them for questioning>. withhold implies restraint in letting go or a refusal to let go <withheld information from the authorities>. reserve suggests a keeping in store for future use <reserve some of your energy for the last mile>.
WITHHOLD Defined for Kids
Definition of withhold for Students
: to refuse to give, grant, or allow <The teacher withheld permission.>
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