verb (used with object), with·held, with·hold·ing.
verb (used without object), with·held, with·hold·ing.
Origin of withhold
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|Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He expected truth in others and could not withhold the truth about himself.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And is it right for us to withhold assistance and punish civilians?
The desire to withhold participation trophies increased with income, age, and education.
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|Josh Rogin|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the time that they reached Anglebury he repented having given way so far as to withhold a direct refusal.The Hand of Ethelberta|Thomas Hardy
It is a painful task to adduce such extracts; but it would not be honest to withhold them.
And what power have you to withhold it, when he has determined to tender it?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.|Charles James Lever
If a word would do it, I would beg for strength to withhold the word.What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
William had to consider whether he would give or withhold his assent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for withhold
verb -holds, -holding or -held
Word Origin and History for withhold
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.