with·​drawn | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with- \

Definition of withdrawn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2 : socially detached and unresponsive : exhibiting withdrawal : introverted a shy and withdrawn child

Other Words from withdrawn

withdrawnness \ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn-​nəs How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \ noun

Examples of withdrawn in a Sentence

He became more withdrawn after his brother's death. She was withdrawn as a child but is now more outgoing.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the Web Unsure of other people and a little stressed in the shelter environment, this black and white beauty was a bit withdrawn and did not want to interact with others. The Arizona Republic, 6 Nov. 2021 Students were noticeably more withdrawn and unsure of their environment when classes started. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 One study found that children of LGBTQ parents who attended schools without LGBTQ issues in the curriculum showed higher levels of withdrawn and aggressive behavior, along with more social problems. Abbie E. Goldberg, The Conversation, 26 Aug. 2021 Kemp Shuey, executive director for Community Action Organization, which is the agency processing rent assistance applications in Washington County, said those unprocessed applications include incomplete, withdrawn or ineligible applications. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 One child may be spirited and independent, while another may be more withdrawn and private. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Common symptoms of such stress among children include irritability or emotional outbursts, acting hopeless or withdrawn, and difficulty paying attention or retaining new information, therapists say. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 Several Trump aides who have spent the past few months shuttling between Washington and Mar-a-Lago said Ivanka Trump and Kushner, who purchased a $30 million waterfront lot in Miami shortly before leaving the White House, are the most withdrawn. Gabby Orr, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 But in recent weeks, with the glory of pro football long behind him and living back at his family home in South Carolina, Adams had become more withdrawn, his warm and studious demeanor giving way to a blank stare. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of withdrawn

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Withdrawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdrawn. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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