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withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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

Synonyms & Antonyms for withdraw

Synonyms

back away, drop back, fall back, pull out, recede, retire, retreat

Antonyms

advance

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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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 tit-for-tat massacres reached a peak as Uganda, under international pressure, withdrew its troops from Bunia in 2003. The Economist, "Killings in Congo’s north-east spark fears of a return to war," 13 July 2019 The company was strongly criticized for its decision to recall the shoes, most notably by the governor of Arizona who withdrew incentives for a Nike plant. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Did Nike make the right move recalling Betsy Ross shoes?," 12 July 2019 After withdrawing from the nuclear deal, the US imposed heavy bilateral trade sanctions on Tehran. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Iran shows growing fury in the Gulf. It really is desperate to talk," 11 July 2019 Under the threat of withdrawing the papers altogether, your old employers are trying to dilute your authorship. New York Times, "What Should I Do About My Racially Obtuse Co-Worker?," 2 July 2019 The broader consequences of withdrawing from the deal. CBS News, "Transcript: Bill Burns and Jim Miller talk with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 21 June 2019 The decision came on the heels of Washington DC withdrawing a key trade privilege for New Delhi that allowed duty-free exports of up to $5.6 billion (Rs39,000 crore) earlier in the month. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The Donald Trump administration is posing a severe threat to Indian H-1B aspirants," 20 June 2019 Nothing short of withdrawing the extradition bill will be acceptable. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Hong Kong Leader Backs Down on China Law But More Protests Planned," 15 June 2019 In withdrawing from the deal last year, Trump pointed to the accord not limiting Iran's ballistic missile program and not addressing what American officials describe as Tehran's malign influence across the wider Middle East. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "2 oil tankers damaged in apparent attacks off the coast of Iran," 13 June 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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withdraw

verb

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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