An example of withhold is an employer giving a portion of someone's paycheck to the IRS for taxes.
transitive verb-·held′, -·hold′ing
- to hold back; keep back; restrain
- to take out or deduct (taxes, etc.) from wages or salary
- to refrain from granting, permitting, etc.; refuse
Origin of withholdMiddle English withholden: see with- and hold, transitive verb
transitive verbwith·held, with·hold·ing, with·holds
- To refrain from giving or granting: withhold information; withhold judgment. See Synonyms at keep.
- To keep in check; restrain: I was unable to withhold my laughter.
- To deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary.
Origin of withholdMiddle English witholden with away from ; see with . holden to hold ; see hold 1.
(third-person singular simple present withholds, present participle withholding, simple past withheld, past participle withheld or rarely, withholden)
From Middle English withholden, equivalent to with- +"Ž hold.