With*hold" (?), v. t. [imp. Withheld (?); p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden (); p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.] [With again, against, back + hold.]
To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action.
Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand
From knitting league with him.
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.
To keep; to maintain; to retain.
To withhold it the more easily in heart.
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