with·​drawn | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-\

Definition of withdrawn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2 : socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted a shy and withdrawn child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Other Words from withdrawn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Examples of withdrawn in a Sentence

He became more withdrawn after his brother's death. She was withdrawn as a child but is now more outgoing.

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Araoz lost weight, became withdrawn and was frequently angry, her mother said. NBC News, "New Jeffrey Epstein accuser: He raped me when I was 15," 10 July 2019 Vontae, an 11-year-old African-American boy from Los Angeles, at first seems merely withdrawn and listless. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "DocTalk: Danger and diversity in the spotlight," 10 May 2018 When team member and friend Elliot See (Patrick Fugit) is killed in a plane crash, Armstrong becomes withdrawn and non-communicative. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 Those in the latter group often become withdrawn and avoid avoid eye contact.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 Here's How They Cope.," 22 June 2018 Each year around December 1, Kate noticed Hollan become withdrawn and quiet.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"Aftermath of gun violence: 'It stays with you'," 3 July 2018 Coach Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Rodolfo Pizarro are contesting the starting position.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"World Cup Countdown: Mexico's quest for elusive quarterfinals continues in Russia," 3 June 2018 The total value of the withdrawn scholarships was $1.7 million a year.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students," 11 May 2018 Both the Summer ballerinas, the splendid but usually cool Teresa Reichlen and the lovely but withdrawn Ashley Laracey, are cast against type.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

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First Known Use of withdrawn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 How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) \

Medical Definition of withdrawn

: socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted

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