withdrawn

adjective

with·​drawn wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio)
with-
1
: removed from immediate contact or easy approach : isolated
2
: socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted
a shy and withdrawn child
withdrawnness 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Examples of withdrawn in a Sentence

He became more withdrawn after his brother's death. She was withdrawn as a child but is now more outgoing.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Examples on the Web In the years since that dream and since moving to California, her daughter had become distant and withdrawn, retreating almost entirely into her spiritual-healer persona. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2024 The Cirque du Soleil style is more withdrawn, more artistic. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2024 Although Trump has yet to articulate a clear policy, there are indications that his administration may be more withdrawn and transactional than its predecessors. Mitchel Hochberg, Foreign Affairs, 26 Jan. 2017 Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a withdrawn young woman who’s just done a stint in a mental hospital. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 24 May 2024 Fans noticed that West had seemed withdrawn and erratic on the tour, which eventually ended 20 dates early in Sacramento on Nov. 19, 2016, when West performed three songs before launching into a tirade about Facebook, Jay-Z, Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé before walking offstage. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 23 Feb. 2024 The website Retraction Watch, a website that tracks withdrawn papers, counts more than 46,000 papers recorded in its database. Evan Bush, NBC News, 26 Jan. 2024 McKenzie, who plays a withdrawn young woman working in a boys prison in 1960s Massachusetts, recalls being completely unsure of herself the first few days of filming, which reflects how the New Zealand actress approaches her entire career. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024 Novice users may become giddy or withdrawn; experienced users are likely to go about their business without exhibiting any obvious changes in behavior. Andrew Weil, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of withdrawn was in 1615

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“Withdrawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdrawn. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

withdrawn

adjective
with·​drawn wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio)
with-
1
: removed from immediate or easy approach : isolated
withdrawn mountain communities
2
: not socially active or interested : introverted
a shy and withdrawn child

Medical Definition

withdrawn

adjective
with·​drawn wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio)
: socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted

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