With·hold v. t. [imp. Withheld p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.]
1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.
Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand
From knitting league with him. --Spenser.
2. To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold
Longer thy offered good. --Milton.
3. To keep; to maintain; to retain. [Obs.]
To withhold it the more easily in heart. --Chaucer.
n 1: the act of deducting from an employee's salary
2: income tax withheld from employees' wages and paid directly
to the government by the employer [syn: withholding tax]
3: the act of holding back or keeping within your possession or
control; "I resented his withholding permission"; "there
were allegations of the withholding of evidence"