Withhold meaning

wĭth-hōld, wĭth-
To keep in check; restrain.

I was unable to withhold my laughter.

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Withhold is defined as to hold back or refuse.

An example of withhold is an employer giving a portion of someone's paycheck to the IRS for taxes.

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To refrain from giving or granting.

Withhold information; withhold judgment.

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To deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary.
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To refrain from granting, permitting, etc.; refuse.
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To refrain; forbear.
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To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
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To keep (information, etc) to oneself rather than revealing it.
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To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
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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