with·drawn | \wit͟h-ˈdrȯn, with-\

Definition of withdrawn 

1 : removed from immediate contact or easy approach : isolated

2 : socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted a shy and withdrawn child

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withdrawnness \wit͟h-ˈdrȯn-nəs, with- \ noun

Examples of withdrawn in a Sentence

He became more withdrawn after his brother's death. She was withdrawn as a child but is now more outgoing.

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Those in the latter group often become withdrawn and avoid avoid eye contact. Samantha Facciolo, Marie Claire, "I Teach Kids Who Were Separated From Their Parents. Here's How They Cope.," 22 June 2018 Each year around December 1, Kate noticed Hollan become withdrawn and quiet. Cincinnati.com, "Aftermath of gun violence: 'It stays with you'," 3 July 2018 Coach Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Rodolfo Pizarro are contesting the starting position. Carlos Rodriguez, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Mexico's quest for elusive quarterfinals continues in Russia," 3 June 2018 The total value of the withdrawn scholarships was $1.7 million a year. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "The University of Texas System, a UT campus and a $1.7 million broken promise to admitted students," 11 May 2018 Both the Summer ballerinas, the splendid but usually cool Teresa Reichlen and the lovely but withdrawn Ashley Laracey, are cast against type. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Taking the Pulse of New York City Ballet Without Peter Martins," 23 Feb. 2018 There’s also a little song and dance, as fantasy-like musical sequences are interspersed throughout the film, allowing us a glimpse inside the mind and heart of the quiet, withdrawn protagonist. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "In Saturday Church, a Coming-of-Age Odyssey in Downtown New York," 12 Jan. 2018 Police haven't released any information about a motive in the killings, but Echegoyen said Cañas appeared more withdrawn than usual in recent weeks. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Friend: Woman who fatally shot family and self had bouts with mental illness," 10 Jan. 2018 The Italian has chosen to snub the £33m forward in the past when his leading man is injured, choosing to play with no recognised striker and a handful of more withdrawn forwards all darting into attack together. SI.com, "Antonio Conte Warns Michy Batshuayi That Alvaro Morata Injury Doesn't Mean He Has to Start," 14 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of withdrawn

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of withdrawn

: very quiet and usually shy : not talking much to other people


with·drawn | \wit͟h-ˈdrȯn \

Medical Definition of withdrawn 

: socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted

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to reject or criticize sharply

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