WITHHOLD, v.t. pret. and pp. withheld. [with and hold.] 1. TO hold back; to restrain; to keep from action. Withhold--your hasty hand. If our passions may be withheld. 2. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition. The sun does not withhold his light.
v 1: hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room" [syn: withhold, keep back] 2: retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments; "My employer is withholding taxes" [syn: withhold, deduct, recoup]
verb (withheld; -holding) Etymology: Middle English, from with from + holden to hold — more at withDate: 13th century transitive verb1. to hold back from action ;check2.archaic to keep in custody 3. to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing <withhold permission> 4. to deduct (withholding tax) from income intransitive verbforbear, refrain<withhold from commenting> Synonyms:seekeep • withholdernoun
v.tr. (past and past part. -held) 1 (often foll. by from) hold back; restrain. 2 refuse to give, grant, or allow (withhold one's consent; withhold the truth). Derivatives: withholder n. Etymology: ME f. with- away (as WITH) + HOLD(1)
Withhold With*hold", v. t. [imp. Withheld; p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden; p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.] [With again, against, back + hold.] 1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action. Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand From knitting league with him. --Spenser. 2. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition. Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold Longer thy offered good. --Milton. 3. To keep; to maintain; to retain. [Obs.] To withhold it the more easily in heart. --Chaucer.
(withholds, withholding, withheld) If you withhold something that someone wants, you do not let them have it. (FORMAL) Police withheld the dead boy's name yesterday until relatives could be told...Financial aid for Britain has been withheld...VERB: V n, V n
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