Pronunciation: (with-hōld', wi&thslash;-), [key]
—v., -held, -hold•ing.
1. to hold back; restrain or check.
2. to refrain from giving or granting: to withhold payment.
3. to collect (taxes) at the source of income.
4. to deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary or wages.
1. to hold back; refrain.
2. to deduct withholding tax.
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