withdraw

verb
with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with- \
withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 withdrawable (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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 The terms of the deal say no country can withdraw in the first three years, so November 4, 2019, was the earliest the U.S. could actually start the withdrawal process. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Pelosi to lead delegation to climate summit amid U.S. withdrawal from Paris climate deal," 30 Nov. 2019 The protests began in June over legislation, since withdrawn, that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Police End 2-Week Campus Siege," 29 Nov. 2019 Many have just buckled under pressure at school or work and have withdrawn to their childhood sanctuaries. The Economist, "Mental health in Japan A growing number of Japanese have become recluses," 28 Nov. 2019 The woman, 32, fell victim to the scam and later discovered that over $1,000 had been withdrawn from her account. cleveland, "Restaurant employee steals co-workers credit card to buy beer: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 27 Nov. 2019 Failure to do so could result in Washington withdrawing the city's special status, a potentially massive blow to Hong Kong's economy and potentially its status as a financial hub. Laura He, CNN, "Asian markets retreat after Trump signs Hong Kong bill," 27 Nov. 2019 House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry have yet to try to force Bolton to testify, and a subpoena for Bolton’s former deputy, Charles Kupperman, to appear was withdrawn. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge: McGahn must comply with House subpoena," 25 Nov. 2019 Lam's government withdrew the proposal amid the massive, sometimes violent protests, but activists continued to press demands for more freedoms and investigations into police behavior. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong elections stunner: What pro-democracy landslide means," 25 Nov. 2019 Andhra power regulator says the state utility has withdrawn requests for 21 PPAs approvals. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "A timeline: The Mexican standoff in Andhra Pradesh, India’s renewable energy badland," 24 Nov. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Withdraw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraw?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=withdr01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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 withdrew (audio) \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) \; withdrawing\ -​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (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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