- ( transitive ) To detain; hold up; hold back; retain; withhold; limit.
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From Middle English forholden, forh( e )alden, from Old English forhealdan ( “to forsake, fall away from, rebel against, let go, defile, pollute, withhold, misuse, abuse” ), equivalent to for- + hold. Cognate with Dutch verhouden ( “to relate” ), Low German vorholden ( “to detain” ), German verhalten ( “to control, restrain” ), Danish forholde ( “to relate” ), Norwegian forholde ( “to deal” ) .