AskDefine | Define withheld

The Collaborative Dictionary

Withhold \With*hold"\, v. t. [imp. Withheld; p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden; p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.] [With again, against, back + hold.] [1913 Webster]
To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action. [1913 Webster] Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand From knitting league with him. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition. [1913 Webster] Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold Longer thy offered good. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To keep; to maintain; to retain. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To withhold it the more easily in heart. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

withheld See withhold


1 hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room" [syn: keep back]
2 retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments; "My employer is withholding taxes" [syn: deduct, recoup] [also: withheld]




  1. past of withhold


  1. That one has withheld; kept from the possession or knowledge of another.
    His withheld hand stared down mine weakly outstreatched.
    The names originally withheld from the report have been leaked.
    The former employee returned to demand his withheld check.


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