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withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \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
(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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 For many young people in Britain, the decision to withdraw from Erasmus is just the most recent step in a steady erosion of such possibilities since the country voted in 2016 to leave the European Union. New York Times, "Britain Mourns a Cherished Education Exchange Program Ended by Brexit," 29 Dec. 2020 Most shipping companies and buyers of oil ceased doing business with Iran after Washington imposed an embargo on Iran’s crude shipments, following the 2018 decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from an Obama-era nuclear pact with Tehran. WSJ, "Battered by U.S. Sanctions, Iran Finds a Lifeline in Domestic Economy," 24 Dec. 2020 While awaiting sentencing, Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea by claiming he was entrapped by politically motivated federal investigators. Kristine Phillips And Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Judge dismisses Michael Flynn case but notes Trump's pardon implies guilt, not innocence," 8 Dec. 2020 Flynn moved in January to withdraw his guilty plea, and Barr ordered a review of the case that determined that the Justice Department should drop the prosecution. Washington Post, "Michael Flynn judge says pardon doesn’t mean ex-national security adviser is innocent," 8 Dec. 2020 But in January, Flynn asked to withdraw his guilty plea. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn in final weeks in office," 25 Nov. 2020 After Powell took over his case, Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea, and the Justice Department moved to dismiss the case. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Sidney Powell reacts to 'bittersweet' pardon of Michael Flynn," 25 Nov. 2020 Flynn recently sought to withdraw his guilty plea, and his case has been in legal limbo. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Biden steps into leadership vacuum to reassure Americans with Thanksgiving address," 25 Nov. 2020 Jones also worked his way into mock drafts last season as a late second-round pick but made a quicker decision to withdraw his name from the pool, in early June. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Why John Petty, Herb Jones delayed entering NBA draft to return to Alabama," 18 Nov. 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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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Withdraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraw. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for withdraw

withdraw

verb
How to pronounce withdraw (audio)

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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