withhold

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verb with·hold \with-ˈhōld, with-\

Definition of withhold

withheld

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withholding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hold back from action :  check

  3. 2 archaic :  to keep in custody

  4. 3 :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing withhold permission

  5. 4 :  to deduct (withholding tax) from income

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  forbear, refrain withhold from commenting

withholder

noun

Examples of withhold in a Sentence

  1. She was accused of withholding evidence.

  2. She has $20 withheld from her paycheck every week.

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Origin and Etymology of withhold

Middle English, from with from + holden to hold — more at with

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 English Language Learners

withhold

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Definition of withhold for English Language Learners

  • : to hold (something) back

  • : to refuse to provide (something)

  • : to take out (an amount of money for taxes) from someone's income


WITHHOLD Defined for Kids

withhold

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verb with·hold \with-ˈhōld, with-\

Definition of withhold for Students

withheld

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withholding

  1. :  to refuse to give, grant, or allow The teacher withheld permission.



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