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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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