- 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 withhold
In order to withhold the photographs, the secretary of defense must certify that photographs could cause harm to Americans.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See
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December 15, 2014
He expected truth in others and could not withhold the truth about himself.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
And is it right for us to withhold assistance and punish civilians?U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
The desire to withhold participation trophies increased with income, age, and education.My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy
August 22, 2014
The Daily Beast agreed to withhold her name out of concern for her privacy as a victim of sexual assault.Exclusive: ‘Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,’ Rape Victim Says
June 20, 2014
They are in the hand of God—in his hand to give or to withhold.In the Midst of Alarms
Withhold not Thy countenance from the tears and beseechings of the woebegone.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
I don't care to withhold this from you, kind and trusted Sir.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
How poor to withhold from you your books, your jewels, and your money!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Why should he take pains to persuade his mother to a consent which she had no right to withhold?Heather and Snow
- (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 withhold
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