Definition of withhold in English:

withhold

verbwithheld

[with object]
  • 1Refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another)

    ‘the name of the dead man is being withheld’
    • ‘Elliott Abrams later pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress.’
    • ‘Police also questioned the female guide who led the tourists to the show but she refused to give any information and even withheld her name during the interview.’
    • ‘Starr refused to withhold the doctor's grim prognosis from Ellard.’
    • ‘He said he believed it was the school's legal right to withhold exam results.’
    • ‘Words cannot express how emphatically this film withholds the pleasures of film-going.’
    • ‘Scorpio man is deliberately uncommunicative and withholds information, mainly because it upsets you and allows him to manipulate you.’
    • ‘Martin said he had been inundated with complaints from angry parents after a number of school principals withheld their children's results because they failed to pay last year's school fees.’
    • ‘He withholds information (the secret of Karna's birth, for instance) from other characters.’
    • ‘She denied the government's request to withhold such information for another year.’
    • ‘Whether a doctor withholds material information or simply ignores a lack of consent, she betrays the patient's trust and thereby undermines his autonomy.’
    • ‘It's gutsy for Shanley to withhold the emotional satisfaction of closure in a drama fueled by such a fraught subject.’
    • ‘He teases the astrophysicists with his advanced technology then withholds the information because he deems us unworthy, then backhandedly compliments our biodiversity.’
    • ‘The advice to withhold the results until that day was reportedly issued in a circular sent out earlier this month, the story said.’
    • ‘As is customary in detective films, the film periodically withholds information, and indeed gives false clues in the form of misleading flashbacks.’
    • ‘And while Annie inflicts humiliation and degradation and withholds pain relief and food Paul is forced to write a new chapter every day simply to stay alive.’
    • ‘For example, when Ariane withholds personal information from Olivier, he regards that as a much greater violation of trust than anything that she might elect to do in the course of her work.’
    refuse to give, hold back, keep back, stop
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    1. 1.1 Suppress or hold back (an emotion or reaction)
      ‘Elizabeth could no longer withhold her sentiments’
      ‘her mouth clenched as if withholding a cry’
      • ‘What Mr. Mendes might be great at is a Batman movie, where withholding emotion is a built in part of the character.’
      • ‘Her revenge, on the other hand, is of a more passive-aggressive nature: she withholds her affections from him.’
      • ‘Never once last year did she withhold her emotions.’
      • ‘Nationalists, on the other hand, rather resented Yeltsin's adoption of their own line, and largely out of spite withheld their approval.’
      • ‘I try to withhold all curiosities and concentrate on maintaining my composure.’
      • ‘Anthony Mackie is especially effective as the rock-solid center, masterfully withholding his emotions until just the right moment.’
      • ‘How ridiculous that magazines advised young people like myself to withhold their feelings until the words were first said to me.’
      • ‘And that comes off as things like withholding your emotions from other people.’
      • ‘Dantelos's eyes were more narrow and mysterious, while Dante's were rounded and withheld emotion.’
      • ‘While it is impossible to withhold sympathy from classes so depressed as these slum-dwellers are, it cannot be overlooked that the very nature of their mode of living tends to reduce their value in the labour market.’
      • ‘The mother, Charlotte, a famous concert pianist, withholds her approval.’
      • ‘If he did not withhold his love and mercy from us before we loved him, will he refuse us now?’
      • ‘It is impossible to withhold admiration for his series.’
      • ‘The passionate outcry in the middle of this poem is reminiscent of Sep. Sep's God withholds his love from man.’
      • ‘‘You don't need to apologize… you didn't know,’ Cael said, not even trying to withhold his own emotions.’
      • ‘Aggression turned outward often takes the forms of gossip, verbal abuse, or withholding affection or friendship.’
      • ‘Rather, opponents of gay marriage wish to withhold approval of homosexuality.’
      • ‘Do I give and withhold love according to my moods or is it constant regardless of the ups and downs of life?’
      • ‘He pretended not to notice the younger man's barely withheld emotions.’
      suppress, repress, hold back, keep back, fight back, choke back, swallow, control, keep in check, check, restrain, contain, curb
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Origin

Middle English: from the prefix with- ‘away’ + the verb hold.

Pronunciation

withhold

/wɪðˈhəʊld/