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verb [transitive] formal withhold pronunciation in British English /wɪðˈhəʊld/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewithholding
past tensewithheld
past participlewithheld
  1. to deliberately not give something to someone

    Several nations decided to withhold their support for the treaty.

    He suggested they withhold payment.

    withhold something from someone:

    She was found guilty of withholding information from the courts.



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