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Meaning of “withhold” in the English Dictionary

"withhold" in British English

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withholdverb [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 ​landlordagreed to have the ​repairs done. The ​government is ​planning to withhold ​benefitpayments fromsinglemothers who ​refuse to ​name the ​father of ​theirchild.
(Definition of withhold from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"withhold" in American English

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withholdverb [T]

 us   /wɪθˈhoʊld, wɪð-/ (past tense and past participle withheld  /wɪθˈheld, wɪð-/ )
to ​refuse to give something, or to ​keep back something: Has the ​government been withholding ​crucialinformation? The ​governor said he would withhold ​judgment until he ​receives the committee’s ​report.
(Definition of withhold from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"withhold" in Business English

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withholdverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​disciplinaryaction after the ​inquiryfound he deliberately withheld vital ​information. The client's ​name and ​address have been withheld for ​security reasons. withhold ​approval/​support withhold ​funding/​payment
(Definition of withhold from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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