Withhold Definition

wĭth-hōld, wĭth-
withheld, withholding, withholds
withheld, withholding, withholds
To refrain; forbear.
Webster's New World
To hold back; keep back; restrain.
Webster's New World
To refrain from granting, permitting, etc.; refuse.
Webster's New World
To take out or deduct (taxes, etc.) from wages or salary.
Webster's New World
To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.

Origin of Withhold

  • Middle English witholden with away from with holden to hold hold1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English withholden, equivalent to with- +"Ž hold.

    From Wiktionary

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