withhold

[with-hohld, with-]

verb (used with object), with·held, with·hold·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), with·held, with·hold·ing.

to hold back; refrain.
to deduct withholding tax.

Nearby words

  1. witherite,
  2. withers,
  3. withershins,
  4. witherspoon,
  5. witherspoon, john,
  6. withholding tax,
  7. within,
  8. within an ace of,
  9. within bounds,
  10. within call

Origin of withhold

First recorded in 1150–1200, withhold is from the Middle English word withholden. See with-, hold1

Related formswith·hold·er, nounun·with·held, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for withhold

withhold

verb -holds, -holding or -held

(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
Derived Formswithholder, noun

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Word Origin and History for withhold

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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