Withhold

Definition of Withhold

With`hold´
v. t.1.
[imp. Withheld ; p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.]
1.To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.
Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand
From knitting league with him.
- Spenser.
2.To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold
Longer thy offered good.
- Milton.
3.To keep; to maintain; to retain.
To withhold it the more easily in heart.
- Chaucer.

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