If you keep something back and don't share it, you withhold it. You can withhold things such as permission, emotion, or information. You might get into trouble if you withhold information from your parents or the police.
The verb withhold means to deduct from a payment and hold back. Your job will withhold money from your paycheck for things like taxes. You may also choose to withhold money from your check for healthcare, retirement, and numerous other voluntary accounts. The past tense of the verb withhold is withheld. Withhold is spelled with a double h because it is made by combining the words with and hold.
v hold back; refuse to hand over or share
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block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
keep to oneself
refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
deprive of food
deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use
deprive of speech
deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
evade payment to
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
deprive of voting rights