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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.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of withdraw

withdrewplay \-ˈdrü\withdrawnplay \-ˈdrȯn\withdrawingplay \-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had withdrawn farther and farther into herself — Ethel Wilson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

withdrawable play \-ˈdrȯ-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of withdraw in a sentence

  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 They have withdrawn the charges.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

WITHDRAW Defined for Kids


verb with·draw \with-ˈdrȯ, with-\

Definition of withdraw for Students

withdrew \-ˈdrü\withdrawn \-ˈdrȯn\withdrawing

  1. 1 :  to draw back :  take away <I withdrew money from the bank.>

  2. 2 :  to take back (as something said or suggested) <After reconsidering, I withdrew my complaint.>

  3. 3 :  to go away especially for privacy or safety <… warriors had withdrawn to the valley. — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>

Medical Dictionary


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verb with·draw \with-ˈdrȯ, with-\

Medical Definition of withdraw

withdrew \-ˈdrü\play ; withdrawn \-ˈdrȯn\play ; withdrawing \-ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ\play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

Law Dictionary


verb with·draw

Legal Definition of withdraw


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove (money) from a place of deposit or investment

  3. 2 :  to dismiss (a juror) from a jury

  4. 3a :  to eliminate from consideration or set outside a category or group <withdraw his candidacy> b :  to cease to proceed with <withdrew the question after an objection was sustained> c :  to take back <withdraw a plea> d :  to remove (a motion) from consideration under parliamentary procedure

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to remove oneself from participation <withdraw from a case>; specifically :  to cease participation in a conspiracy by an affirmative act of renunciation especially involving confession to the authorities or communication of abandonment to co-conspirators

  7. 2 :  to remove a motion from consideration under parliamentary procedure

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