from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To keep in check; restrain.
- transitive v. To refrain from giving, granting, or permitting. See Synonyms at keep.
- transitive v. To deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary.
- intransitive v. To refrain or forbear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
- v. To keep (information, etc) to oneself rather than revealing it.
- v. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.
- transitive v. To retain; to keep back; not to grant.
- transitive v. To keep; to maintain; to retain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold back; keep from action; restrain; cheek.
- To keep back; refrain from doing, giving, permitting, etc.: as, to withhold payment; to withhold assent to something.
- To keep; retain; hold; detain.
- To keep; maintain.
- To engage; retain.
- To refrain; stay back; hold one's self in check.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
- v. hold back; refuse to hand over or share
Middle English witholden : with, away from; see with + holden, to hold; see hold1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
with- + hold (Wiktionary)