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1 to be unwilling to grant
  • must withhold official approval until all the proper forms have been submitted

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2 to continue to have in one's possession or power
  • withhold some money for your own expenses

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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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The first known use of withhold was in the 13th century

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“Withhold.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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