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] 1. 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]

2. 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]

3. To keep; to maintain; to retain. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To withhold it the more easily in heart. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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