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English verb: withhold

1. withhold (possession) hold back; refuse to hand over or share


SamplesThe father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room.


ExamplesThey withhold the money


Synonymskeep back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)deny, refuse


Narrower (hyponym)block, deny, deprive, freeze, immobilise, immobilise, immobilize, immobilize, keep to oneself, reserve

2. withhold (possession) retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments


SamplesMy employer is withholding taxes.


ExamplesThey withhold the money


Synonymsdeduct, recoup


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)hold on, keep


Narrower (hyponym)dock









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