To hold back; to restrain; to keep from action. [1913 Webster] Withhold, O sovereign prince, your hasty hand From knitting league with him. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition. [1913 Webster] Forbid who will, none shall from me withhold Longer thy offered good. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To keep; to maintain; to retain. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To withhold it the more easily in heart. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
1 the act of deducting from an employee's salary
2 income tax withheld from employees' wages and paid directly to the government by the employer [syn: withholding tax]
3 the act of holding back or keeping within your possession or control; "I resented his withholding permission"; "there were allegations of the withholding of evidence"
- present participle of withhold
Withholding, in general, usually refers to a deduction of money (as 'withholding tax') from an employee's wages or salary by an employer, for projected or actual Income tax liabilities, see: