verb \with-ˈhōld, with-\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to hold back from action :  check
archaic :  to keep in custody
:  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing <withhold permission>
:  to deduct (withholding tax) from income
intransitive verb
:  forbear, refrain <withhold from commenting>
with·hold·er noun

Examples of WITHHOLD

  1. She was accused of withholding evidence.
  2. 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


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