Definition of withdraw
1 a : 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 (as the eyes) from an object of attention <withdrew her gaze> e : to draw (as a curtain) back or aside
2 a : to remove from consideration or set outside a group <withdrew his name from the list of nominees> <withdrew their child from the school> b (1) : take back, retract (2) : to recall or remove (a motion) under parliamentary procedure
2 a : 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had withdrawn farther and farther into herself — Ethel Wilson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
withdrawableplay \-ˈdrȯ-ə-bəl\ adjective
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They have withdrawn the charges.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
Origin and Etymology of withdraw
Middle English, from with from + drawen to draw
First Known Use: 13th century
WITHDRAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of withdraw for English Language Learners
: to remove (money) from a bank account
: to take (something) back so that it is no longer available
: to take back (something that is spoken, offered, etc.)
WITHDRAW Defined for Kids
Definition of withdraw for Students
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… warriors had withdrawn to the valley.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>
Legal Definition of withdraw
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
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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