Definitions for: Withhold

[v] hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"
[v] retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments; "My employer is withholding taxes"

Webster (1913) Definition: With*hold", v. t. [imp. Withheld; p. p. Withheld,
Obs. or Archaic Withholden; p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.]
[With again, against, back + hold.]
1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.

Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand From
knitting league with him. --Spenser.

2. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold
assent to a proposition.

Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold Longer
thy offered good. --Milton.

3. To keep; to maintain; to retain. [Obs.]

To withhold it the more easily in heart. --Chaucer.

Synonyms: deduct, keep back, recoup

See Also: block, deny, deprive, dock, freeze, hold on, immobilise, immobilize, keep, keep to oneself, refuse, reserve

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