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English definition of “withhold”

withhold

verb [T]     /wɪðˈhəʊld/ (withheld, withheld)
if someone withholds something from someone else, they do not allow them to have something they expected to have: withhold evidence/facts/information The director is facing disciplinary action after the inquiry found he deliberately withheld vital information. The client's name and address have been withheld for security reasons. withhold approval/support withhold funding/payment
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