withdraw

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withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 They have withdrawn the charges.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

Then the funds passed through a series of transactions before being withdrawn from the RCBC bank accounts and disappearing into casinos in the Philippines, the lawsuit said. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Bangladesh Bank Sues Filipino Lender in U.S. Court Over Hack Heist," 4 Feb. 2019 The measure prohibits Evers from withdrawing from lawsuits, a move designed to block him from pulling Wisconsin out of a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Unions, senator file 3rd lame-duck lawsuit in Wisconsin," 4 Feb. 2019 Later in December 2018, Grinnell’s union organizers withdrew their expansion request because organizers feared that the rejection of their request would harm other college unions’ organizing efforts. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Education Workers on Campuses Around the Country Are Demanding Better Labor Conditions," 10 Jan. 2019 In his announcement about withdrawing from the agreement, Trump alleged that Russia violated its terms. Fox News, "Treaty exits and extensions top Trump adviser's Moscow talks," 23 Oct. 2018 Derek Schwartz, a Palm Beach attorney who had been running for Congress earlier this year before withdrawing, said Putnam and DeSantis were both great candidates. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida Republicans feel good about the fall, but split over governor's race," 29 June 2018 Rodions Kurucs has spent the past year in a bit of limbo after withdrawing from the 2017 draft. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Rodions Kurucs Scouting Report and Highlights," 17 June 2018 In recent weeks, artists and their management teams have withdrawn their collaborations with Kelly from music streaming services. Vogue, "After Years of Calls to #MuteRKelly, Sony Music Finally Listens," 18 Jan. 2019 The Philippine Supreme Court opened a hearing Tuesday on a petition contesting Duterte's decision to withdraw from the ICC. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Duterte faces new 'crimes against humanity' complaint," 28 Aug. 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 , 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 , with- \
withdrew\ -​ˈdrü \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn \; withdrawing\ -​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ \

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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