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withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 They have withdrawn the charges.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

Choe initially enrolled at UMBC, but had to withdraw in the spring of 2018 to concentrate on his duties for Wizards District Gaming. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Laurel’s Jin Choe, AKA Jinsanity, forging path as professional esports player in NBA 2K League," 20 Aug. 2019 Records of court proceedings from 2007 to 2018 indicate that at various times Matthew McDonald objected to the conservatorship, only to withdraw his objections. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach man is charged with murder in death of his ‘devoted’ mother," 20 Aug. 2019 The complex had been the site of legislators’ debates over the controversial bill to allow extraditions to China, until Mrs. Lam shelved the bill in mid-June in the face of public uproar – but did not formally withdraw it. Suzanne Sataline, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kong protests: Is anyone in charge?," 9 July 2019 The specifics of the demonstration—that the missile’s payload flew more than 500 miles—underscored president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The US proves Russia right with its first post-treaty missile launch," 20 Aug. 2019 Tensions have escalated in the Persian Gulf region since Trump over a year ago unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Aritz Parra, Anchorage Daily News, "US moves to halt release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar," 15 Aug. 2019 Tensions in the region have been escalating since Trump withdrew the U.S. last year from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and imposed sweeping economic sanctions on Iran, including its oil exports. Robert Burns, chicagotribune.com, "Iran seizes British oil tanker and briefly detains second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, escalating tensions with West," 19 July 2019 Tensions in the region have been growing since the Trump administration withdrew a year ago from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Robert Burns, SFChronicle.com, "Tensions escalate in Persian Gulf as UK says Iran seized 2 tankers," 19 July 2019 The move is thought to be Tehran's first major breach of the accord since US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement last year. Chandler Thornton And Nada Altaher, CNN, "Rebels launch drone attack on Saudi airport, injuring 9," 2 July 2019

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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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