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Meaning of withhold

with•hold

Pronunciation: (with-hōld', wi-), [key]
— v., -held, -hold•ing.
—v.t.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to hold back; refrain.
  2. to deduct withholding tax.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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