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verb (withholds, withholding, withheld, withheld or rarely, withholden)
  1. (transitive) To keep (a physical object that one has obtained) to oneself rather than giving it back to its owner.
  2. (transitive) To keep (information, etc) to oneself rather than revealing it.
  3. (transitive) To retain; to keep back; not to grant; as, to withhold assent to a proposition.
    Etymology: with + hold

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