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verb with·draw \with-ˈdrȯ, with-\

Simple Definition of withdraw

  • : to remove (money) from a bank account

  • : to take (something) back so that it is no longer available

  • : to take back (something that is spoken, offered, etc.)

Full Definition of withdraw

with·drewplay \-ˈdrü\with·drawnplay \-ˈdrȯn\with·draw·ingplay \-ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to take back or away :  remove <pressure upon educational administrators to withdraw academic credit — J. W. Scott> b :  to remove from use or cultivation c :  to remove (money) from a place of deposit d :  to turn away (as the eyes) from an object of attention <withdrew her gaze> e :  to draw (as a curtain) back or aside

  3. 2 a :  to remove from consideration or set outside a group <withdrew his name from the list of nominees> <withdrew their child from the school> b (1) :  take back, retract (2) :  to recall or remove (a motion) under parliamentary procedure

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to move back or away :  retire b :  to draw back from a battlefield :  retreat

  6. 2 a :  to remove oneself from participation b :  to become socially or emotionally detached <had withdrawn farther and farther into herself — Ethel Wilson>

  7. 3 :  to recall a motion under parliamentary procedure

with·draw·able play \-ˈdrȯ-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of withdraw

  1. She withdrew $200 from her checking account.

  2. The prosecutor withdrew her question to the witness.

  3. They have withdrawn the charges.

  4. withdraw support for a candidate

Origin of withdraw

Middle English, from with from + drawen to draw

First Known Use: 13th century

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verb with·draw \with-ˈdrȯ, with-\

Medical Definition of withdraw

with·drew \-ˈdrü\play with·drawn \-ˈdrȯn\play with·draw·ing \-ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ\play

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to discontinue use or administration of <withdraw a drug>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become socially or emotionally detached

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