withdraw

verb
with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-\
withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \

Definition of withdraw

transitive verb

1a : 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 (something, such as one's eyes) from an object of attention withdrew her gaze
e : to draw (something, such as a curtain) back or aside
2a : 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

intransitive verb

1a : to move back or away : retire
b : to draw back from a battlefield : retreat
2a : to remove oneself from participation
b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson
3 : to recall a motion under parliamentary procedure

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Other Words from withdraw

withdrawable \ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce withdrawable (audio) , with-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for withdraw

Synonyms

back away, drop back, fall back, pull out, recede, retire, retreat

Antonyms

advance

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Examples of withdraw in a Sentence

She withdrew $200 from her checking account. The prosecutor withdrew her question to the witness. They have withdrawn the charges. withdraw support for a candidate
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Recent Examples on the Web

Customers will likely be able to withdraw money from an ATM, but plan on teller services not being available. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Are Banks Open on Good Friday This Year?," 11 Mar. 2019 Now, he's reportedly withdrawn and doesn't like school, the mother said. charlotteobserver, "Former Charlotte teacher pleads guilty to inappropriately touching children at camp," 2 July 2018 A year ago, the company’s certificate of incorporation was withdrawn for allegedly violating laws on foreign ownership of media, though the company has continued to operate. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Editor Critical of Duterte Government Is Arrested for Libel," 13 Feb. 2019 Minshew enrolled at Troy in January 2015 as a walk on, saying a scholarship offer had been withdrawn after a coaching change. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home," 22 Jan. 2019 Until Russian troops are withdrawn, at the very least from Ukraine, sanctions will not only be maintained, but tightened over time. Evelyn Farkas, Time, "How Trump Could Actually Make the Summit with Putin a Success," 9 July 2018 In other words, after U.S. troops are withdrawn and U.S.-South Korean military exercises are . . Adam Taylor, BostonGlobe.com, "North Korea may have offered its clearest view yet of denuclearization," 8 July 2018 For several years, that document had been replaced by a note declaring that the policy had been withdrawn. New York Times, "Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools," 3 July 2018 This is an entirely separate matter from whether or not Trump should withdraw troops from Syria. Alex Ward, Vox, "No one knows what’s happening with Trump’s Syria decision," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of withdraw

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for withdraw

Middle English, from with from + drawen to draw

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withdraw

verb

English Language Learners Definition of withdraw

: to remove (money) from a bank account
: to take (something) back so that it is no longer available
formal : to take back (something that is spoken, offered, etc.)

withdraw

verb
with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-\
withdrew\ -​ˈdrü \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn \; withdrawing

Kids Definition of withdraw

1 : to draw back : take away I withdrew money from the bank.
2 : to take back (as something said or suggested) After reconsidering, I withdrew my complaint.
3 : to go away especially for privacy or safety … warriors had withdrawn to the valley.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

withdraw

verb
with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with- How to pronounce withdraw (audio) \
withdrew\ -​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) \; withdrawing\ -​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) \

Medical Definition of withdraw

transitive verb

: to discontinue use or administration of withdraw a drug

intransitive verb

: to become socially or emotionally detached

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withdraw

verb
with·​draw
withdrew; withdrawn; withdrawing

Legal Definition of withdraw

transitive verb

1 : to remove (money) from a place of deposit or investment
2 : to dismiss (a juror) from a jury
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

intransitive verb

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
2 : to remove a motion from consideration under parliamentary procedure

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