withhold with‧hold [wɪDˈhəʊld, wɪθ- ǁ -ˈhoʊld] withheld PTandPP [-ˈheld] verb [transitive]
1. to refuse to let someone have something:

• I withheld payment until they had completed the work.

• Part of your salary is withheld for income tax.

2. withhold facts/​evidence/​information to refuse to give information:

• The computer giant has hinted that it has some big plans, but has withheld details.

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withhold UK US /wɪðˈhəʊld/ verb [T] (withheld, withheld)
if someone withholds something from someone else, they do not allow them to have something they expected to have: withhold evidence/facts/information »

The director is facing disciplinary action after the inquiry found he deliberately withheld vital information.


The client's name and address have been withheld for security reasons.


withhold approval/support


withhold funding/payment

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Withhold — With*hold , v. t. [imp. {Withheld}; p. p. {Withheld}, Obs. or Archaic {Withholden}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Withholding}.] [With again, against, back + hold.] [1913 Webster] 1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action. [1913 Webster] Withhold, O… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • withhold — I verb abstain, begrudge, block, censor, check, comprimere, conceal, constrain, curb, debar, deny, disallow, forbear, forbid, hide, hinder, hold, hold back, hold in, hold out, hush up, inhibit, keep, keep back, keep in, keep secret, muzzle,… …   Law dictionary

  • withhold — c.1200, from with back, away (see WITH (Cf. with)) + holden to hold (see HOLD (Cf. hold) (v.)); probably a loan translation of L. retinere to withhold. Past participle form withholden was still used 19c …   Etymology dictionary

  • withhold — [with hōld′, withhōld′] vt. withheld, withholding [ME withholden: see WITH & HOLD1, vt.] 1. a) to hold back; keep back; restrain ☆ b) to take out or deduct (taxes, etc.) from wages or salary …   English World dictionary

  • withhold — detain, keep back, keep out, retain, hold, hold back, reserve, *keep Analogous words: *restrain, curb, check, bridle, inhibit: refuse, *decline Contrasted words: accord, *grant, concede, award, vouchsafe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • withhold — is spelt with two hs …   Modern English usage

  • withhold — [v] keep back abstain, bridle, check, clam up*, conceal, constrain, curb, deduct, deny, detain, disallow, dummy up*, hide, hold, hold back, hold down, hold out, hold out on, inhibit, keep, keep secret, keep to oneself*, keep under one’s hat*,… …   New thesaurus

  • withhold — ► VERB (past and past part. withheld) 1) refuse to give (something due to or desired by another). 2) suppress or restrain (an emotion or reaction). DERIVATIVES withholder noun …   English terms dictionary

  • withhold — UK [wɪðˈhəʊld] / US [wɪðˈhoʊld] verb [transitive] Word forms withhold : present tense I/you/we/they withhold he/she/it withholds present participle withholding past tense withheld UK [wɪðˈheld] / US past participle withheld formal to deliberately …   English dictionary

  • withhold — v. (D; tr.) to withhold from (to withhold information from the police) * * * [wɪð həʊld] (D; tr.) to withhold from (to withhold information from the police) …   Combinatory dictionary

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