withhold

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English withholden, equivalent to with- +‎ hold.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
  2. (transitive) To keep (information, etc) to oneself rather than revealing it.
  3. (transitive) To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.

Synonyms[edit]

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

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