with·​draw | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with- \
withdrew\ wit͟h-​ˈdrü How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawn\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \; withdrawing\ wit͟h-​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdraw (audio) , with-​ \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b : to become socially or emotionally detached had withdrawn farther and farther into herself— Ethel Wilson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 withdraw (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 They have withdrawn the charges.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 The resulting firestorm led to a torrent of abuse, and to an ultimatum from the University of Tennessee to Groves: withdraw voluntarily or have your offer of admission rescinded. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "How a Vindictive Classmate and a Cowardly University Ruined a Girl’s Life," 30 Dec. 2020 Instead, admissions officials gave her an ultimatum: withdraw or the university would rescind her offer of admission. New York Times, "A Racial Slur, a Viral Video, and a Reckoning," 26 Dec. 2020 The day after the riot, Judge Bootle overturned a Georgia law, passed in the 1950s, that would withdraw state funds from any higher education institution with black students. Rebecca Mccarthy, ajc, "40 years ago, higher education’s face altered," 22 Dec. 2020 That said, speculative-grade companies globally face heightened default risks going into 2021 as some countries withdraw supports put in place at the start of the pandemic. Finbarr Flynn, Bloomberg.com, "Asia’s Hot Junk Bond Market May See a Surge in Sales Next Month," 21 Dec. 2020 But the November 17 attack came just after the Trump administration announced that the US will withdraw thousands more US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by Jan 15, 2021. Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, "Rockets fired at Baghdad Green Zone in 'terrorist act,' Iraq says," 20 Dec. 2020 Piazza let Burks withdraw from one lawsuit against Humphrey on Wednesday rather than have the judge remove Burks for contempt of court. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, "Attorney exits Little Rock police-chief lawsuits," 19 Dec. 2020 That year, Duterte announced that the Philippines would withdraw from the ICC, a process that was finalized last year. Washington Post, "In Philippines drug war, ICC sees ‘reasonable basis’ for crimes against humanity," 15 Dec. 2020 Barra has been in the news for announcing last week that GM would withdraw from Trump's legal battle against California over vehicle emissions standards. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM CEO Barra defends the company's pickup production despite its EV push," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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“Withdraw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdraw. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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 withdraw (audio) \; withdrawn\ -​ˈdrȯn How to pronounce withdraw (audio) \; withdrawing\ -​ˈdrȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce withdraw (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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