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
She was accused of withholding evidence.
She has $20 withheld from her paycheck every week.
Origin 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>.
Rhymes with withhold
acold, age-old, ahold, all told, behold, bifold, billfold, black gold, blindfold, blue mold, bread mold, choke hold, controlled, Cotswold, cuckold, eightfold, enfold, fanfold, fivefold, fool's gold, foothold, fourfold, freehold, gatefold, go gold, green mold, handhold, head cold, household, ice-cold, infold, knock cold, leaf mold, leasehold, make bold, ninefold, old gold, onefold, on hold, pinfold, potholed, roothold, scaffold, sheepfold, sixfold, slime mold, stokehold, stone-cold, stronghold, take hold, tenfold, threefold, threshold, toehold, twice-told, twofold, unfold, unmold, untold, uphold, white gold, whole-souled
WITHHOLD Defined for Kids
Definition of withhold
: to refuse to give, grant, or allow <The teacher withheld permission.>
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