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withdrew\wit͟h-ˈdrü, with- \; withdrawn\wit͟h-ˈdrȯn, with- \; withdrawing\wit͟h-ˈdrȯ(-)iŋ, with- \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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


abjure, forswear (also foreswear), recant, renege, renounce, repeal, repudiate, retract, take back, unsay


adhere (to)

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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 They have withdrawn the charges.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

To be sure, Trump’s intent to withdraw has shifted conversations and actions. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "What Has Changed—and What Has Not—Since Paris Withdrawal Announcement," 1 June 2018 According to earlier court testimony, Giedrojc was equally withdrawn the day of the murder. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Grandmother who brutally killed infant in Oak Lawn found not guilty by reason of insanity," 23 May 2018 The Opal Cliffs Recreation District withdrew an application Wednesday with the California Coastal Commission to amend its permit to allow the gate and fee, but its representative, Mark Massara, said the district will fight in court if necessary. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fight brewing over Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which charges $100 yearly fee," 12 July 2018 In 2016, following increasing media scrutiny and a dust-up with Kanye West, Swift withdrew from public life. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Taylor Swift On Writing Songs About Boyfriends & Muses," 10 July 2018 Price increases have also been driven by Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose trade sanctions there. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Trump Says Saudi Arabia Will Increase Oil Production at His Request," 30 June 2018 DiBerardinis emphasized that despite Temple’s decision to withdraw, the city remains committed to making the museum a viable public institution. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Philadelphia History Museum is closing to the public as Temple walks away from proposed partnership," 27 June 2018 In March, the State Board withdrew its initial rule. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New civics law: Florida universities, colleges split on how students can prove knowledge," 22 June 2018 Some withdraw and are only given to violence when provoked by the fearful masses. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "How America Makes People into Monsters," 20 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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