Tell and Withhold


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Withhold is an antonym for tell in communicate topic.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Antonyms for Tell


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Withhold verb – To be unwilling to grant.
Tell is an antonym for withhold in keep back topic.
Nearby Word: withholding
Antonyms for Withhold
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Common collocations

truth tell truth withhold truth
information tell information withhold information
side tell side withhold side
daughter tell daughter withhold daughter
Other nouns: feelings, names, secrets.

Both words in one sentence

  • Not only did they withhold treatment, but they refused to tell the subjects what they were sick with, allowing the disease to spread in the process.
  • Film / 22 Jump Street Dumbass Has a Point: When Jenko doesn't tell Dickson that they've located the dealer as the tattoo in the photo points to it being Zook, he's not wrong to withhold that information — at the time, there's no other evidence that Zook is the dealer they're looking for.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie The Tyrathca are fundamentally incapable of lying, not for moral reasons, but because they lack the imagination needed to fabricate plausible scenarios that don't exist, so instead they act evasive or withhold information in situations that they believe call for it.
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