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withhold

[with-hohld, with-] /wɪθˈhoʊld, wɪð-/
verb (used with object), withheld, withholding.
1.
to hold back; restrain or check.
2.
to refrain from giving or granting:
to withhold payment.
3.
to collect (taxes) at the source of income.
4.
to deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary or wages.
verb (used without object), withheld, withholding.
5.
to hold back; refrain.
6.
to deduct withholding tax.
Origin of withhold
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English withholden. See with-, hold1
Related forms
withholder, noun
unwithheld, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. suppress, repress. See keep.
Antonyms
1, 2. advance.
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  • Whenever I receive such pieces of information, they shall, certainly, not be withheld from the public.

  • This flag under which we serve would have been dishonored had we withheld our hand.

  • She withheld however all present acknowledgment, only addressing him another question.

    Some Short Stories Henry James
  • If she had withheld her confidences from her husband, he could hope—he knew not exactly what!

  • And partly for that reason, and partly to tease you all, I have withheld it from your knowledge during the voyage.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
British Dictionary definitions for withheld

withhold

/wɪðˈhəʊld/
verb -holds, -holding, -held
1.
(transitive) to keep back; refrain from giving: he withheld his permission
2.
(transitive) to hold back; restrain
3.
(transitive) to deduct (taxes, etc) from a salary or wages
4.
(intransitive) usually foll by from. to refrain or forbear
Derived Forms
withholder, noun
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Word Origin and History for withheld

withhold

v.

c.1200, from with- "back, away" (see with) + holden "to hold" (see hold (v.)); probably a loan-translation of Latin retinere "to withhold." Related: Withheld; withholding. Past participle form withholden was still used 19c.

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