Meaning of “withhold” in the English Dictionary

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"withhold" in British English

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withholdverb [ T ]

uk /wɪðˈhəʊld/ us /wɪðˈhoʊld/ withheld, withheld

(Definition of “withhold” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 crucial information?
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 /wɪðˈhəʊld/ us 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

(Definition of “withhold” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)