- 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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- that part of an employee's tax liability withheld by the employer from wages or salary and paid directly to the government.
Origin of withholding tax
Examples from the Web for withholding
One reason for withholding information was the president had no intention of shutting down the initiative.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Government officials have no allowable reasons for withholding critical data from lawmakers.George W. Bush’s Puzzling WMD Coverup
Rick Santorum, Pete Hoekstra
October 27, 2014
The official—and maybe even legitimate reason—for withholding those facts is that the case is still under investigation.Ferguson Police Protect and Serve Themselves With Michael Brown Smear
August 16, 2014
For first-time users, withholding this kind of information can get them into trouble.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
LeAnn Rimes Rimes sued her father/manager in 2000 for withholding millions of dollars of her earnings.Selena Gomez, Macaulay Culkin, and More Stars Who Divorce Their Parents
April 12, 2014
The withholding of the father's blessing, in the Bible, was curse.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
He seemed oddly struggling with some withholding uncertainties of his own.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
This was natural enough, for they had most to gain by withholding payment.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It distinctly recommended the withholding of the annual supplies.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
Did she, like the rest of them, suspect me of seeking to frustrate his suit by withholding his fortune?Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
- (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
- tax deducted at source from income, esp from dividends, paid to nonresidents of a country, which may be reclaimed if a double-taxation agreement exists between the country in which the income is paid and the country of residence of the recipient
- US a portion of an employee's tax liability paid directly to the government by the employer
Word Origin and History for withholding
The tax withheld (or deducted) directly from one's paycheck.