withhold

verb
with·​hold | \ with-ˈhōld How to pronounce withhold (audio) , wit͟h- \
withheld\ with-​ˈheld How to pronounce withhold (audio) , wit͟h-​ \; withholding

Definition of withhold

transitive verb

1 : to hold back from action : check
2 archaic : to keep in custody
3 : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing withhold permission
4 : to deduct (withholding tax) from income

intransitive verb

: forbear, refrain withhold from commenting

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Other Words from withhold

withholder noun

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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

Examples of withhold in a Sentence

She was accused of withholding evidence. She has $20 withheld from her paycheck every week.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, President Donald Trump threatened to withhold federal money from educational institutions that did not reject BDS, and over 30 U.S. states have passed anti-BDS legislation. Hillel Italie, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 The state had threatened to withhold funding from districts that violated the order and required masks for everyone. Mallory Simon And Dakin Andone, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 The progressive caucus has frequently threatened to withhold votes over ideological differences with more moderate Democrats, but usually failed to actually stop a major agenda item. Charlotte Alter, Time, 1 Oct. 2021 Texas’ attorney general is suing several districts that have attempted to require masks, while Florida’s governor has threatened to withhold state funding from school boards that attempt to do the same. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 But liberal Democrats have threatened to withhold their support until the $3.5 trillion spending bill is passed alongside it. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2021 But liberal Democrats have threatened to withhold their support until the $3.5 trillion spending bill is passed alongside it. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, 13 Sep. 2021 But progressive Democrats have threatened to withhold their support until the $3.5 trillion spending bill is passed alongside it. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 But liberal Democrats have threatened to withhold their support until the $3.5 trillion spending bill is passed alongside it. Hope Yen, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of withhold

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for withhold

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

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

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22 Oct 2021

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“Withhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withhold. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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withhold

verb

English Language Learners Definition of withhold

: to hold (something) back
: to refuse to provide (something)
: to take out (an amount of money for taxes) from someone's income

withhold

verb
with·​hold | \ with-ˈhōld How to pronounce withhold (audio) , wit͟h- \
withheld\ -​ˈheld \; withholding

Kids Definition of withhold

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

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