with·​drawn | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with- \

Definition of withdrawn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2 : socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted a shy and withdrawn child

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Other Words from withdrawn

withdrawnness \ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn-​nəs How to pronounce withdrawnness (audio) , 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Examples of withdrawn in a Sentence

He became more withdrawn after his brother's death. She was withdrawn as a child but is now more outgoing.
Recent Examples on the Web Some, Wallpe says, may become more withdrawn, while others might behave more ambivalently. Angela Hatem, National Geographic, "Talking to kids about natural disasters," 22 Sep. 2020 Although she was mostly recovered, Mills became more withdrawn. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Hoosiers of color are 36% of state's organ waiting list, but a fraction of deceased donors," 14 Aug. 2020 This year Ben, now 7, became more withdrawn, unable to make friends and vehemently resistant to school. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Away from school pressures, children who defy gender norms blossom at home," 11 June 2020 In the front, Sergine worried that the long hours in the car were making Jayden more withdrawn, less confident and sociable. Washington Post, "The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.," 6 June 2020 Withdrawals will still be taxed, but people will have three years to replenish their withdrawn funds, and the tax can be paid ratably over three years. Kevin Kelleher, Time, "How to Find Emergency Money — and Avoid Tax Problems in the Future," 14 May 2020 Censoni said the girl then became withdrawn and depressed. oregonlive, "Repeat sex offender sentenced to life without parole under Oregon’s 3-strikes law," 28 Feb. 2020 Instead, the sequence zeros in on Maeve, a withdrawn teenager with an absentee mother, as well as an older patient who already has multiple children. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Teen shows often aim to shock or lecture. ‘Sex Education’ tries to empathize.," 25 Jan. 2020 Some children later become withdrawn or aggressive or lose language skills, the hospital says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "More than 100 genes tied to autism identified in large study," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of withdrawn

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of withdrawn was in 1615

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2 Oct 2020

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“Withdrawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdrawn. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce withdrawn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of withdrawn

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


with·​drawn | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) \

Medical Definition of withdrawn

: socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted

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