With*hold" (?), v. t. [imp. Withheld (?); p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden (); p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.] [With again, against, back + hold.]

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.

[Obs.]

To withhold it the more easily in heart. Chaucer.

 

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