AskDefine | Define withholding

The Collaborative Dictionary

Withhold \With*hold"\, v. t. [imp. Withheld; p. p. Withheld, Obs. or Archaic Withholden; p. pr. & vb. n. Withholding.] [With again, against, back + hold.] [1913 Webster]
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]

Word Net



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"



  1. present participle of withhold


  1. The deduction of taxes from an employee's salary
  2. The tax so deducted, and paid to local or national government
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:
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