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Definition 1: hold back; refuse to hand over or share - [verb of possession]

Samples where withhold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room

Synonyms for withhold in the sense of this definition

(withhold is a kind of ...) refuse to let have

"She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her her weekly allowance"

(... is a kind of withhold ) prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

"Blocked funds" "Freeze the assets of this hostile government"

(... is a kind of withhold ) withhold information

"I kept your little secret to myself all these years"

(... is a kind of withhold ) refuse to grant, as of a petition or request

"The dean denied the students' request for more physics courses" "the prisoners were denied the right to exercise for more than 2 hours a day"

(... is a kind of withhold ) hold back or set aside, especially for future use or contingency

"they held back their applause in anticipation"

(... is a kind of withhold ) hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital

(... is a kind of withhold ) keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

Definition 2: retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments - [verb of possession]

Samples where withhold or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My employer is withholding taxes

Synonyms for withhold in the sense of this definition

(withhold is a kind of ...) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

(... is a kind of withhold ) deduct from someone's wages

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