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.

Definitions of withhold
  1. verb
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
    “The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room”
    synonyms: keep back
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    block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    keep to oneself
    withhold information
    refuse to grant, as of a petition or request
    hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency
    immobilise, immobilize
    hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
    keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
    ablactate, wean
    gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
    famish, starve
    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
    disinherit, disown
    prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
    make poor
    disenfranchise, disfranchise
    deprive of voting rights
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    deny, refuse
    refuse to let have
  2. verb
    retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
    “My employer is withholding taxes”
    synonyms: deduct, recoup
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    deduct from someone's wages
    type of:
    hold on, keep
    retain possession of
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