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with·hold

withhold

 
 
pronunciation:
wIth hold
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: withholds, withholding, withheld
definition 1: to deliberately hold back; restrain.
Although she was furious at work, she withheld her anger until she got home.Please withhold judgement on the matter until you've considered all the facts.Knowing how sensitive he was about his appearance, she withheld comment on his strange new haircut.
synonyms:
control, hold, restrain, stay
similar words:
arrest, bottle up, bridle, check, contain, curb, prevent, repress, smother, suppress, swallow
definition 2: to refrain from giving.
They withheld food and water from the prisoner until he told them what they wanted to know.The company withheld his pay while he was in the hospital.Her mother had been a cold and stern woman who had withheld affection from all of her children.
 
synonyms:
deny, retain
antonyms:
accord, give, provide, surrender, yield
similar words:
block, conceal, deprive, dock, hush up, keep, refuse, repress, reserve, suppress
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to refrain.
synonyms:
refrain
similar words:
abstain, cease, desist, forbear
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derivation: withholder (n.)
Word Builder: withhold
  • withholding:
    an amount that is withheld.
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