Thesaurus

withhold

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of withhold

  1. 1 to be unwilling to grant must withhold official approval until all the proper forms have been submitted Synonyms of withhold decline, disallow, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, denyWords Related to withhold ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto; rebuff, repel, spurn; check, constrain, curb, hold, keep, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstructNear Antonyms of withhold afford, furnish, give, provide, supply; authorize, commission, license (also licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), warrant; accord, sanction, vouchsafeAntonyms of withhold allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit

  2. 2 to continue to have in one's possession or power withhold some money for your own expenses Synonyms of withhold hold, reserve, retain, keepWords Related to withhold conserve, guard, preserve, protect, save; boast, enjoy, have, own, possess; command, control, detain, direct, manage, rule; bear, harbor; cherish, cling (to), hug, treasureNear Antonyms of withhold abandon, cede, drop; contribute, donate, give, hand out; discard, dump; decline, reject, repudiate, spurn; loseAntonyms of withhold give up, hand over, release, relinquish, surrender, yield

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


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