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withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 On July 7, the Trump Administration formally notified the United Nations that the United States will withdraw from the World Health Organization. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Here's what we'll lose if the U.S. cuts ties with the WHO," 10 July 2020 The formula used for most people means a 72-year-old must withdraw roughly 3.9% of the balance from the previous Dec. 31. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Roth retirement plan or traditional IRAs and 401(k) plans? Is this the time to adjust your thinking? - That’s Rich!," 9 July 2020 Instead, the banking system’s new resilience means that customers and investors did not rush to withdraw funds as in 2007-09. The Economist, "Daily chart How resilient are the banks?," 9 July 2020 Congress received formal notification of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "It's not US, it's WHO," 7 July 2020 The Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League announced on Monday in a statement that the team will withdraw from 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup due to positive Covid-19 tests. Allen Kim And Jabari Jackson, CNN, "National Women's Soccer League set to become the first professional league to resume play on Saturday," 27 June 2020 Because the Orlando Pride had to withdraw from the tournament due to a rash of positive COVID-19 tests, no teams will be eliminated from the preliminary round of the tournament and instead the preliminary round only determines quarterfinal seeding. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns draw OL Reign, make path in NWSL Challenge Cup tougher," 14 July 2020 Major League Soccer has struggled to contain the virus, with two teams – FC Dallas and Nashville SC – having to withdraw from the MLS is Back Tournament because of the number of positive tests. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA says only 2 players tested positive for COVID-19 during Orlando bubble quarantine period," 14 July 2020 Serbian police clashed with anti-government protesters for four nights last week, demonstrations that forced the Serbian president to withdraw plans to reintroduce a coronavirus lockdown. Tamara Lush And Pablo Gorondi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Florida hits new virus record as calls for mask-wearing spread," 12 July 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

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“Withdraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraw. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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


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


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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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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