withdraw

verb
with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with- \
withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 withdraw (audio) , with-​ \ adjective

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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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 In 2019, Trump notified the United Nations that the United States would withdraw from an agreement that committed nearly 200 countries to take drastic action to reduce their carbon emissions. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden’s flurry of actions to protect the environment reignites a controversy about the Atlantic’s only marine monument," 21 Jan. 2021 In fact, one of Trump’s own early executive actions was announcing that the US would withdraw from the Paris agreement, which the US had joined in 2016 under then-president Barack Obama. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?," 21 Jan. 2021 As part of the announcement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Britain would withdraw from Erasmus, citing its high costs. New York Times, "Britain Mourns a Cherished Education Exchange Program Ended by Brexit," 29 Dec. 2020 On Monday, Barra sent a letter to environmental leaders announcing that General Motors would withdraw its support from an administration lawsuit that aims to nullify California’s right to set its own emissions regulations. Annie White, Car and Driver, "This Week In Cars: We're Thankful for This Year in Cars," 28 Nov. 2020 President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the international agency in July, alleging that China had improper influence over the health organization. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "UN votes to hold COVID-19 summit in December, with US abstaining," 5 Nov. 2020 One of his first acts in office was to announce that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, a multinational agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions. cleveland, "Coronavirus has dominated the election. But what happens on the other important issues if Biden or Trump wins? Analysis," 25 Oct. 2020 The Assad regime has repeatedly demanded that the U.S. withdraw all its forces from Syria. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Top White House Official Went to Syria for Hostage Talks," 18 Oct. 2020 The Trump administration gave formal, one-year notice on Nov. 4, 2019, that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Scientist warns of economic costs of climate change," 5 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of withdraw was in the 13th century

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“Withdraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraw. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for withdraw

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 withdraw (audio) \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio) \; withdrawing\ -​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdraw (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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