What does withhold mean?

Definitions for withhold
wɪθˈhoʊld, wɪð-with·hold

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. withhold, keep backverb

    hold back; refuse to hand over or share

    "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"

  2. withhold, deduct, recoupverb

    retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments

    "My employer is withholding taxes"


  1. withholdverb

    To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.

  2. withholdverb

    To keep (information, etc) to oneself rather than revealing it.

  3. withholdverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Withholdverb

    Withheld, or withholden, pret. and part.

    Etymology: with and hold.

    That hand, which as no kind of imminent danger could cause at first to withhold itself, so neither have any practices, so many, so bloody, following since, been ever able to make weary. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Sith mine he is, or free or bound;
    Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand
    From knitting league with him. Edmund Spenser.

    The prince
    Would fain have come with me to meet your grace;
    And by his mother was perforce withheld. William Shakespeare.

    Be careful to withhold
    Your talons from the wretched and the bold:
    Tempt not the brave and needy to despair;
    For though your violence should leave them bare
    Of gold and silver, swords and darts remain. Dryden.

    Volition is an act of the mind, knowingly exerting that dominion it takes itself to have over any part of man, by employing it in, or withholding it from any particular action. John Locke.

    What difficulties there are, which as yet withhold our assent, till we be further and better satisfied, I hope no indifferent amongst them will scorn or refuse to hear. Richard Hooker.

    Soon as Titan ’gan his head exault,
    And soon again as he his light withhault,
    Their wicked engines they against it bent. Fairy Queen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withholdverb

    to hold back; to restrain; to keep from action

  2. Withholdverb

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

  3. Withholdverb

    to keep; to maintain; to retain

  4. Etymology: [With again, against, back + hold.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Withhold

    with-hōld′, v.t. to hold back: to keep back.—v.i. to stay back:—pa.t. and pa.p. Withheld′ (arch. pa.p. Withhol′den).—ns. Withhol′der; Withhold′ment. [Pfx. with-, against, and hold.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of withhold in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of withhold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of withhold in a Sentence

  1. William Taylor:

    With the hold (the delay in delivering the military aid), we have already shaken their faith in us, i think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.

  2. Warren Bennis, From an article in a meeting industry magazine.:

    No leader sets out to become a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely—all your skills, gifts, and energies—in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be and enjoy the process of becoming.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    T+2 trading norm means looting public investors money by companies through stock exchange with the help of regulators. Why can't shares be delivered immediately and why purchased shares are kept withhold by exchange

  4. Book of Proverbs:

    Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

  5. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:

    We did however, convey the delay to SIGAR and we did not intentionally withhold information for these quarterly reports. We expect it will be complete in the next quarter with all of the details across the board.

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