Definitions for withdrawwɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

with•drawwɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-(v.)-drew, -drawn, -draw•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to draw back, away, or aside; take or pull back:

    to withdraw one's support; She withdrew her hand.

  2. to take out or away, as from a place or from consideration or circulation; remove:

    to withdraw a product from the market.

  3. to remove (money) from deposit.

  4. to retract or recall:

    to withdraw an untrue charge.

  5. to cause (a person) to undergo withdrawal from addiction to a substance.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (v.i.)to go or move back, away, or aside; retire; retreat:

    to withdraw from the room.

  7. to remove oneself from some activity, competition, etc.:

    He withdrew before I could nominate him.

  8. to cease using or consuming an addictive narcotic (fol. by from):

    to withdraw from heroin.

  9. (in parliamentary procedure) to remove a motion, amendment, etc., from consideration.

    Category: Government

Origin of withdraw:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back(verb)

    pull back or move away or backward

    "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"

  2. retire, withdraw(verb)

    withdraw from active participation

    "He retired from chess"

  3. disengage, withdraw(verb)

    release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles

    "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"

  4. recall, call in, call back, withdraw(verb)

    cause to be returned

    "recall the defective auto tires"; "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"

  5. swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw(verb)

    take back what one has said

    "He swallowed his words"

  6. seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw(verb)

    keep away from others

    "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"

  7. adjourn, withdraw, retire(verb)

    break from a meeting or gathering

    "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"

  8. bow out, withdraw(verb)

    retire gracefully

    "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"

  9. withdraw, draw, take out, draw off(verb)

    remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

    "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"

  10. retire, withdraw(verb)

    lose interest

    "he retired from life when his wife died"

  11. retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, withdraw(verb)

    make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

    "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"

  12. remove, take, take away, withdraw(verb)

    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

    "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. withdraw(verb)ɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-

    to take money out of a bank account

    I'll need to withdraw some cash.

  2. withdrawɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-

    to no longer provide

    Some party members threatened to withdraw their support.; The manufacturer withdrew the product from stores.

  3. withdrawɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-

    to stop participating in an activity

    Reports say troops have been withdrawn from the area.; The company withdrew from the negotiations.

  4. withdrawɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-

    to state that sth you said earlier is not true

    She later withdrew the accusation.

  5. withdrawɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-

    to become quiet and stop speaking to anyone

    After his death she withdrew into herself.


  1. withdraw(Verb)

    To pull (something) back, aside, or away.

  2. withdraw(Verb)

    To take back (a comment, etc).

  3. withdraw(Verb)

    To remove, to stop providing (one's support, etc).

  4. withdraw(Verb)

    To extract (money from an account).

  5. withdraw(Verb)

    To retreat.

  6. withdraw(Verb)

    To be in withdrawal from an addictive drug etc.

  7. Origin: From withdrawen, from with- + drawen. More at with-, draw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withdraw(verb)

    to take back or away, as what has been bestowed or enjoyed; to draw back; to cause to move away or retire; as, to withdraw aid, favor, capital, or the like

  2. Withdraw(verb)

    to take back; to recall or retract; as, to withdraw false charges

  3. Withdraw(verb)

    to retire; to retreat; to quit a company or place; to go away; as, he withdrew from the company


  1. Withdraw

    To cease active participation in; remove from active use.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'withdraw' in Verbs Frequency: #421

Translations for withdraw

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) move back or away

The army withdrew from its position; He withdrew his troops; They withdrew from the competition.

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