Definition of withhold in English:


Line breaks: with|hold
Pronunciation: /wɪðˈhəʊld

verb (past and past participle withheld /-ˈhɛld/)

[with object]
  • 1Refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another): the name of the dead man is being withheld (as noun withholding) the withholding of consent to treatment
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    • Elliott Abrams later pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress.
    • Police also questioned the female guide who led the tourists to the show but she refused to give any information and even withheld her name during the interview.
    • Starr refused to withhold the doctor's grim prognosis from Ellard.
    refuse to give, hold back, keep back, stop; retain, keep hold of, hold on to; fail to disclose, hide, conceal, keep secret
  • 1.1Suppress or hold back (an emotion or reaction): Elizabeth could no longer withhold her sentiments her mouth clenched as if withholding a cry
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    • What Mr. Mendes might be great at is a Batman movie, where withholding emotion is a built in part of the character.
    • And that comes off as things like withholding your emotions from other people.
    • ‘You don't need to apologize… you didn't know,’ Cael said, not even trying to withhold his own emotions.



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  • ‘We are encouraged by the news of Sony's participation, having historically been one of the more notorious withholders of content,’ said David Lee Smith, an analyst with Dain Rauscher Wessels, in a research report.
  • Large withholders need to disclose on the form the total of salary, wages and other payments.
  • The deposit of Article 23 income tax is carried out by a withholder not later than the 10th day of the ensuing month


Middle English: from the prefix with- 'away' + the verb hold1.

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