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; withdrawn wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio)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-

transitive verb

1
a
: to take back or away : remove
pressure upon educational administrators to withdraw academic creditJ. 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
2
a
: 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)
(2)
: to recall or remove (a motion) under parliamentary procedure

intransitive verb

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had withdrawn farther and farther into herselfEthel Wilson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

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 They have withdrawn the charges.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
Recent Examples on the Web The boy's parents, meanwhile, have withdrawn their son from IPS and are now homeschooling him. Tony Cook, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 Last year, Buc-ee’s withdrew North Carolina plans to open a travel center with a 64,000-square-foot store in Efland, about 41 miles northwest of Raleigh, after encountering resistance from residents and Orange County Board of Commissioners wanting to scale the project down. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 17 Apr. 2024 By Christine Adams / Made by History April 16, 2024 11:15 AM EDT In mid-February, Ukrainian forces were forced to withdraw from Avdiivka, signaling the first major Russian victory since the capture of Bakhmut in May 2023. TIME, 16 Apr. 2024 Gore was named by Gloria to the ethics commission last year before withdrawing his name amid opposition. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2024 His father withdrew emotionally in the face of the mounting trauma, leaving David largely to take care of himself. Clay Risen, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 The shortages forced Kyiv’s military to withdraw from a key eastern city in February, and with no progress in Washington, Ukrainian soldiers are now desperately trying to hold on to their positions along some 600 miles of the front line. Daryna Mayer, NBC News, 12 Apr. 2024 President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement in 2018 was seen as a blow to Tehran and a victory for Israel. Peter Kenyon, NPR, 12 Apr. 2024 No breach between the two countries has been as wide or as deep since the mid-1950s, when the Eisenhower administration compelled Israel to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula. Hussein Ibish, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'withdraw.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from with from + drawen to draw

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near withdraw

Cite this Entry

“Withdraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraw. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

withdraw

verb
with·​draw wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio)
with-
withdrew -ˈdrü How to pronounce withdraw (audio) ; withdrawn -ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio) ; withdrawing -ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ How to pronounce withdraw (audio)
1
: to take back or away : draw away : remove
withdraw money from the bank
2
a
: to call back : recall
withdrew the charge of theft
b
: to take back (one's words) : retract
3
: to go away : retreat
withdrew to the country

Medical Definition

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)

transitive verb

: to discontinue use or administration of
withdraw a drug

intransitive verb

: to become socially or emotionally detached

Legal Definition

withdraw

verb
with·​draw
withdrew; withdrawn; withdrawing

transitive verb

1
: to remove (money) from a place of deposit or investment
2
: to dismiss (a juror) from a jury
3
a
: 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

More from Merriam-Webster on withdraw

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!