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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
withhold (your) consent (=not give it)
▪ A patient has the right to withhold consent to treatment.
withholding tax
▪ An absolute prohibition against assignment is less popular than a qualified prohibition which requires a landlord not to withhold consent unreasonably.
▪ Either we become regarded as gratuitously destructive iconoclasts, or the shepherd himself becomes suspect for having withheld information.
▪ In an interview Thursday, Albright said she could not question her parents' motivations in withholding the information.
▪ Why would Rohmer withhold that information from us.
▪ However, leaders who refuse to speak with the media give the impression that we are withholding information.
▪ And the official line, as well as school lessons and folk knowledge, all colluded with the withholding of information.
▪ It is not at all unusual during wartime for leaders to withhold military information with the men in the grass.
▪ The tactics of conflict may be as follows: One manager will withhold information from another.
▪ He said the majority of recalls and other related corrective actions do not include allegations that a company withheld safety information.
▪ We won't be able to withhold his name.
▪ Authorities withheld the players' names pending the filing of formal charges.
▪ Police are withholding the woman's name until relatives are informed.
▪ On imprisonment and so-called amnesties, it is illegal and irresponsible to withhold payment of the community charge.
▪ The problem for Mr Kasyanov is that he seems to have underestimated the strength of western reaction to the withholding of payments.
▪ Harry Reasoner, the lead attorney for the insurers, said they were justified in withholding payment on several grounds.
▪ Among these was a plan to cut the amount of personal income tax withheld by employers during the year.
▪ The more exemptions he claims, the less income tax you withhold from his paycheck.
▪ It is subject to social security taxes and income tax withholding.
▪ Payroll taxes consist of two different kinds of tax, an employer-paid tax and withheld taxes.
▪ Our patients were manifesting potentially dangerous hypoxaemia, and we did not consider it ethically appropriate to withhold this form of treatment.
▪ Therefore, we must withhold further treatments.
▪ Thus age should not be the sole criterion for withholding aggressive treatment of community-acquired pneumonia in older patients.
▪ They can not withhold treatment as punishment for any reason.
▪ His officials threatened to withhold future financial aid, or even to freeze existing programmes.
▪ In all, Mr. Dear threatened to withhold the certificate of efficiency if matters did not improve.
▪ Suppliers are not being paid by Brent Walker head office and as a consequence are threatening to withhold their services.
▪ Civil servants should be as helpful as possible, and withhold information only in the interests of national security.
▪ Doctors do not have the right to withhold necessary treatment from a patient.
▪ He was accused of withholding vital evidence from the police.
▪ The new law allows you to withhold payment if you think a bill is incorrect.
▪ When the article was published, I asked for my name to be withheld.
▪ Given the power of the managerial hierarchy to dispense or withhold rewards, open acts of defiance expose individuals to reprisal.
▪ Many were blacked out except for a sentence or less; other pages were withheld in their entirety.
▪ She appreciated him, he said, flattered him, but always seemed to withhold something.
▪ They can not withhold treatment as punishment for any reason.
▪ To maintain the row's high pitch of energy, you need to make sure that sympathy is withheld by all parties.
▪ Where there is no love to start with, there is nothing of an abstract nature to withhold.
▪ Who do I think I am to withhold it so selfishly?
▪ You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Withhold \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.

  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.

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

    To withhold it the more easily in heart.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, from with- "back, away" (see with) + holden "to hold" (see hold (v.)); probably a loan-translation of Latin retinere "to withhold." Related: Withheld; withholding. Past participle form withholden was still used 19c.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner. 2 (context transitive English) To keep (information, etc) to oneself rather than revealing it. 3 (context transitive English) To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.

  1. v. hold back; refuse to hand over or share; "The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room" [syn: keep back]

  2. retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments; "My employer is withholding taxes" [syn: deduct, recoup]

  3. [also: withheld]


Usage examples of "withhold".

We may, however, omit for the present any consideration of the particular providence, that beforehand decision which accomplishes or holds things in abeyance to some good purpose and gives or withholds in our own regard: when we have established the Universal Providence which we affirm, we can link the secondary with it.

Before, he had withheld from me that which he had adjudged me too weak to know.

The anomalous findings at Hueyatlaco resulted in personal abuse and professional penalties, including withholding of funds and loss of job, facilities, and reputation for Virginia Steen-McIntyre.

In your arguments you never yet have shown the least disposition to withhold a just verdict or be in anywise unfair, when authoritative history condemned your position, and therefore I have no hesitation in asking you to take the original blame from the Massachusetts ministers, in this matter, and transfer it to the South Carolina clergymen where it justly belongs.

A further note to the riddle of this sphinx was when Tim recently overheard the bohunk Albertsons manager telling his deli wenches to withhold the snack trays if they saw Tiresias at all.

In his hot youth he had been rather a devil of a fellow in between dances, a cooer of soft phrases and a stealer of never very stoutly withheld kisses.

Wedge would have said he slumped in his chair, but Cracken had clearly decided he would withhold nothing from his answer.

His headshaking grew more and more pronounced each time Jani alluded to the possibility that Durian Ridgeway had purposely withheld information.

Respecting the way of the Elderhood, we withhold our weapon and offer our aid.

While the National Government refrained from withholding the elective franchise from men who had fought to destroy the Union, there is no doubt that disabilities and exclusions were imposed upon large classes in certain States of the South.

By heaven, I know not What patience or what reverence withheld My enchafed spirit in bounds of courtesy.

Heaven, why did you withhold a knowledge that would have upheld me and enheartened me through all that I have suffered?

Those who were so disgusted with this form of food that they had no appetite to partake of it, except in quantities insufficient to supply the waste of the tissues, were, of course, in the condition of men slowly starving, notwithstanding that the only farinaceous form of food which the Confederate States produced in sufficient abundance for the maintenance of armies was not withheld from them.

He chafed at her containment, at her courage, her silence, her withholding the brazen or the fawnish look-up, either of which he would have hated.

Ryland teased her, but although he was laughing, deep down inside he was guiltily aware of the fact that there were facts about himself that he had withheld from her.