- to hold back; restrain or check.
- to refrain from giving or granting: to withhold payment.
- to collect (taxes) at the source of income.
- to deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary or wages.
- to hold back; refrain.
- to deduct withholding tax.
Origin of withhold
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1, 2. suppress, repress. See keep.
1, 2. advance.
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Examples from the Web for withheld
As for Snyderman and her three colleagues, whose names were also withheld, they will be flown home on a chartered aircraft.NBC Cameraman Gets Ebola, News Crew to Be Quarantined
October 3, 2014
But the charges are cover for cultural misunderstandings, sexual assaults, and withheld wages.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
March 29, 2014
He withheld the salaries of parliamentarians who refused to rubberstamp his laws, and lawyers who challenged him were disbarred.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
Because more people are working at slightly higher wages, the volume of withheld income and payroll taxes is on the upswing.The Deficit Excuse Is Fading Fast
January 10, 2014
The real names of Professor Zhang and Mr. Jiang have been withheld to protect their ongoing research agendas.China Propagandizes Rape Of Nanjing Survivors
December 29, 2013
It was withheld for some time, and had only been recently exhibited.In the Heart of Vosges
Another honour, of greater import, was withheld from the conquerors.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
If it comes, he may bless God; but if it be withheld, he must calculate upon it.Journal of a Residence at Bagdad
Where his fellow man had withheld, the filly had given her all and questioned not.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
They were listening, straining unconsciously to get the meaning he withheld from them.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
- (tr) to keep back; refrain from givinghe withheld his permission
- (tr) to hold back; restrain
- (tr) to deduct (taxes, etc) from a salary or wages
- (intr usually foll by from) to refrain or forbear
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Word Origin and History for withheld
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