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withdrew\wit͟h-​ˈdrü, with-​ \; withdrawn\wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn, with-​ \; withdrawing\wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ, with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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

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 They have withdrawn the charges.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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After months of back and forth, President Donald Trump, who has referred to global warming as a hoax, announced on June 1, 2017, that the U.S. would withdraw from the international accord. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Trump and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Last year, shortly after President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, Walker convened the task force to address climate change. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 Women’s health experts have repeatedly cited the lack of scientific evidence for REMS restrictions on mifepristone, and have repeatedly called for the FDA to withdraw them. Dorothy Novick, STAT, "FDA shouldn’t allow politics to hurt women suffering miscarriage," 22 June 2018 The restrictions, imposed after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from an international accord over Iran's nuclear program, could significantly curb the country's oil exports. Wael Mahdi, Houston Chronicle, "OPEC seeks last minute compromise as Iran opposes supply boost," 22 June 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition lost a second political ally in three months after his Bharatiya Janata Party withdrew its support from the government in the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. Bibhudatta Pradhan, Bloomberg.com, "India's Ruling Coalition Loses a Second Ally as Pressure Builds," 20 June 2018 If the original study was so problematic that the authors chose to withdraw it entirely, could the new one be trusted? Samantha Schmidt, ajc, "Why a major paper on the Mediterranean diet was just retracted and replaced," 14 June 2018 The past few months have been especially rough for Europe’s relations with America, as Mr Trump first withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and then slapped tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. The Economist, "Europe struggles to respond to Mr Trump," 14 June 2018 But Ignashevich reversed his decision to quit last month after Ruslan Kambolov withdrew from the squad. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Russia Grasps With Danger of Being Worst On-Field World Cup Host Ever," 13 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of withdraw

: to remove (money) from a bank account

: to take (something) back so that it is no longer available

: to take back (something that is spoken, offered, etc.)


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


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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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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