with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-\
withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \

Definition of withdraw

transitive verb

1a : to take back or away : remove pressure upon educational administrators to withdraw academic credit— J. W. Scott
b : to remove from use or cultivation
c : to remove (money) from a place of deposit
d : to turn away (something, such as one's eyes) from an object of attention withdrew her gaze
e : to draw (something, such as a curtain) back or aside
2a : to remove from consideration or set outside a group withdrew his name from the list of nominees withdrew their child from the school
(2) : to recall or remove (a motion) under parliamentary procedure

intransitive verb

1a : to move back or away : retire
b : to draw back from a battlefield : retreat
2a : to remove oneself from participation
b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson
3 : to recall a motion under parliamentary procedure

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Other Words from withdraw

withdrawable \ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce withdrawable (audio) , with-​ \ adjective

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Examples of withdraw in a Sentence

She withdrew $200 from her checking account. The prosecutor withdrew her question to the witness. They have withdrawn the charges. withdraw support for a candidate
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Recent Examples on the Web Apple withdrew a total of 181 vaping apps, which the technology company said included apps for controlling vaping devices' temperature and lighting, news, and games. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Apple removes all vaping and e-cigarette apps, citing health concerns," 15 Nov. 2019 The Trump administration formally withdrew the United States from that agreement earlier this month. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Cummins' most ambitious environmental plan yet targets net-zero emissions by 2050," 15 Nov. 2019 The company’s highest-profile disaster is WeWork, which, in September, withdrew its plans for an I.P.O. after its founder, Adam Neumann, resigned amid scandal. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "WeWork’s Downfall and a Reckoning for SoftBank," 14 Nov. 2019 In October, senior safety Omar Hicks-Onu withdrew and put his name into the NCAA transfer portal. oregonlive, "Oregon State safety Jeffrey Manning Jr. leaves program, puts his name into NCAA transfer portal," 12 Nov. 2019 The company later withdrew its JEDI bid, saying the contract conflicted with those new AI ethics rules. Wired, "Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?," 11 Nov. 2019 Diamond Club Entertainment withdrew its application in October based on the village board's Oct. 10 decision to reject an amendment that would have allowed the project to proceed without sewer and water utilities. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball complex previously proposed in Pewaukee and Summit has a new destination," 11 Nov. 2019 Specifically, the agency withdrew orphan designation and exclusivity for Sublocade, which was approved nearly two years and hailed as a potential game changer for combating the opioid crisis. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA admits it goofed when granting orphan status to an opioid addiction treatment," 8 Nov. 2019 The account holder must withdraw a specific amount of money (as determined by an IRS life expectancy calculation) by December 31st of each calendar year (in most cases). Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Money: Healthcare options for an early retirement," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of withdraw

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for withdraw

Middle English, from with from + drawen to draw

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The first known use of withdraw was in the 13th century

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19 Nov 2019

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“Withdraw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraws. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of withdraw

: to remove (money) from a bank account
: to take (something) back so that it is no longer available
formal : to take back (something that is spoken, offered, etc.)


with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-\
withdrew\ -​ˈdrü \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn \; withdrawing

Kids Definition of withdraw

1 : to draw back : take away I withdrew money from the bank.
2 : to take back (as something said or suggested) After reconsidering, I withdrew my complaint.
3 : to go away especially for privacy or safety … warriors had withdrawn to the valley.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat


with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with- How to pronounce withdraw (audio) \
withdrew\ -​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) \; withdrawing\ -​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) \

Medical Definition of withdraw

transitive verb

: to discontinue use or administration of withdraw a drug

intransitive verb

: to become socially or emotionally detached

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withdrew; withdrawn; withdrawing

Legal Definition of withdraw

transitive verb

1 : to remove (money) from a place of deposit or investment
2 : to dismiss (a juror) from a jury
3a : to eliminate from consideration or set outside a category or group withdraw his candidacy
b : to cease to proceed with withdrew the question after an objection was sustained
c : to take back withdraw a plea
d : to remove (a motion) from consideration under parliamentary procedure

intransitive verb

1 : to remove oneself from participation withdraw from a case specifically : to cease participation in a conspiracy by an affirmative act of renunciation especially involving confession to the authorities or communication of abandonment to co-conspirators
2 : to remove a motion from consideration under parliamentary procedure

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