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with·hold / wi[unvoicedth]ˈhōld; wi[voicedth]-/ • v. (past and past part. -held) [tr.] refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another): the name of the dead man is being withheld | [as n.] (withholding) the withholding of consent to treatment. ∎  suppress or hold back (an emotion or reaction). ∎  (of an employer) deduct (tax) from an employee's paycheck and send it directly to the government.DERIVATIVES: with·hold·er n.

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