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verb [T] uk   /wɪðˈhəʊld/  us   /-ˈhoʊld/ (withheld, withheld)
to refuse to give something or to keep back something: to withhold information/support During the trial, the prosecution was accused of withholding crucial evidence from the defence. Police are withholding the dead woman's name until her relatives have been informed. She withheld her rent until the landlord agreed to have the repairs done. The government is planning to withhold benefit payments from single mothers who refuse to name the father of their child.
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