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tr.v. with·held (-hĕld′), with·hold·ing, with·holds
1. To refrain from giving or granting: withhold information; withhold judgment. See Synonyms at keep.
2. To keep in check; restrain: I was unable to withhold my laughter.
3. To deduct (withholding tax) from an employee's salary.
[Middle English witholden : with, away from; see with + holden, to hold; see hold1.]
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|Noun||1.||withholding - the act of deducting from an employee's salary|
subtraction, deduction - the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole); "he complained about the subtraction of money from their paychecks"
|2.||withholding - income tax withheld from employees' wages and paid directly to the government by the employer|
income tax - a personal tax levied on annual income
|3.||withholding - 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"|