withhold

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English withholden. Equivalent to with- +‎ hold.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /wɪθˈhəʊld/, /wɪðˈhəʊld/
  • (US) IPA(key): /wɪθˈhoʊld/, /wɪðˈhoʊld/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊld

Verb[edit]

withhold (third-person singular simple present withholds, present participle withholding, simple past withheld, past participle withheld or (rare) withholden)

  1. (transitive) To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
    The bank withheld her credit card.
  2. (transitive) To keep (information, assent etc) to oneself rather than revealing it.
    withhold vital information
  3. (intransitive) To stay back.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (keep (a physical object) to oneself): retain

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

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