withdraw

verb
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withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdrew (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdrawn (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdrawing (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 Another theory is that rates spiked as US companies withdrew money to make quarterly tax payments to the Treasury Department. Matt Egan, CNN, "A crack just emerged in the financial markets: The NY Fed spends $53 billion to rescue the overnight lending market," 17 Sep. 2019 Hayes forced her to drive to the bank and withdraw money. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Supreme Court sets October date for Cheshire murderer’s request for new trial in Petit case," 17 Sep. 2019 The team has been responsible for attempts to steal bank card information by hacking into ATM networks to withdraw cash or steal data that could be sold to other criminals. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Meet the three North Korean hacking groups funding the country’s weapons programs," 13 Sep. 2019 Among them was Warren Bacon, who did not attend the Sept. 5 meeting, and Tim Corley, who withdrew from the race just before the votes were cast. Ramona Sentinel, "Planning group selects Perfect to fill vacancy," 13 Sep. 2019 The bill, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to the mainland to face trial, was suspended in mid-June, and withdrawn earlier this month. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "Singing showdowns in Hong Kong pit the city’s unofficial new anthem against China’s," 12 Sep. 2019 The 19-year-old also started in the win over Kosovo, but was withdrawn after 61 minutes after a solid shift from Aidy Boothroyd's men. SI.com, "How Arsenal Players Got on During September International Break," 11 Sep. 2019 Two groups gathering signatures to challenge Gov. Jared Polis fell far short of their goal earlier this month, and another group withdrew its recall petition against Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial in June. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "2 more recall campaigns against Colorado Democrats fail," 10 Sep. 2019 But this week, nine former senior U.S. diplomats warned that Afghanistan could slide into an all-out civil war if the Trump administration withdrew all U.S. forces without a peace agreement. NBC News, "As U.S.-Taliban talks falter, Afghans brace for more violence," 7 Sep. 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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5 Nov 2019

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

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withdraw

verb
How to pronounce withdraw (audio)

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.)

withdraw

verb
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

withdraw

verb
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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withdraw

verb
with·​draw
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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