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withhold

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English

Etymology

with + hold

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to withhold

Third person singular
withholds

Simple past
withheld

Past participle
withheld or rarely, withholden

Present participle
withholding

to 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

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

Translations

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