over·​with·​hold ˌō-vər-with-ˈhōld How to pronounce overwithhold (audio)
overwithheld ˌō-vər-with-ˈheld How to pronounce overwithhold (audio)
; overwithholding

transitive + intransitive

: to withhold too much of (something)
especially : to deduct a greater amount of (money) from an employee's pay for tax than the employee is legally required to pay
At least two-thirds of us overwithhold our pay for federal tax purposes. Brent Hunsberger
If you often get a big tax refund, you're overwithholding. Sheryl Nance-Nash

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overwithhold was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Overwithhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwithhold. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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