What does withdraw mean?

Definitions for withdraw
wɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-with·draw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move backverb

    pull back or move away or backward

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

  2. retire, withdrawverb

    withdraw from active participation

    "He retired from chess"

  3. disengage, withdrawverb

    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, withdrawverb

    cause to be returned

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

  5. swallow, take back, unsay, withdrawverb

    take back what one has said

    "He swallowed his words"

  6. seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdrawverb

    keep away from others

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

  7. adjourn, withdraw, retireverb

    break from a meeting or gathering

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

  8. bow out, withdrawverb

    retire gracefully

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

  9. withdraw, draw, take out, draw offverb

    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, withdrawverb

    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, withdrawverb

    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, withdrawverb

    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"


  1. withdrawverb

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

  2. withdrawverb

    To take back (a comment, etc).

  3. withdrawverb

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

  4. withdrawverb

    To extract (money from an account).

  5. withdrawverb

    To retreat.

  6. withdrawverb

    To be in withdrawal from an addictive drug etc.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Withdrawverb

    Etymology: with and draw; from wið , or wiðer , Saxon, against, and draw.

    It is not possible they should observe the one, who from the other withdraw unnecessarily obedience. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Impossible it is that God should withdraw his presence from any thing, because the very substance of God is infinite. Richard Hooker.

    Nausicaa is withdrawn, and a whole nation introduced, for a more general praise of Ulysses. William Broome.

  2. To Withdrawverb

    To retire; to retreat.

    She from her husband soft withdrew. John Milton.

    At this excess of courage all amaz’d,
    The foremost of his foes a-while withdraw:
    With such respect in enter’d Rome they gaz’d,
    Who on high chairs the godlike fathers saw. Dryden.

    Duumvir has pass’d the noon of life; but cannot withdraw from entertainments, which are pardonable only before that stage of our being. Tatler, №. 54.


  1. withdraw

    To withdraw generally refers to the act of removing or taking away something from a particular place, situation or position. This can also refer to the process of taking out money from a bank account. Additionally, it can denote a retreat or deliberate decision to disengage or refrain from participating in a certain activity, situation or interaction. It may also refer to retracting a statement, accusation, or claim.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withdrawverb

    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. Withdrawverb

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

  3. Withdrawverb

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

  4. Etymology: [With against + draw.]


  1. Withdraw

    To cease active participation in; remove from active use.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Withdraw

    with-draw′, v.t. to draw back or away: to take back: to recall.—v.i. to retire: to go away.—ns. Withdraw′al, Withdraw′ment; Withdraw′er; Withdraw′ing-room, a room used to retire into: a drawing-room. [Pfx. with-, against, and draw.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of withdraw in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of withdraw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of withdraw in a Sentence

  1. Team Sky:

    Richie Porte has been forced to withdraw from the Giro d'Italia on medical grounds following injuries sustained in a stage 13 crash, after enduring an uncomfortable weekend of racing as he looked to continue the Grand Tour, the team's medical staff have taken the decision to withdraw Porte at the second rest day.

  2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We have a different approach, they (the Zionist Union) want to withdraw. I don't want to withdraw. If I put together the government, it will be a nationalist government.

  3. Nick Dussuyer:

    If premium income levels continue to deteriorate, and capacity does not withdraw ... at some stage this portfolio is bound to become unprofitable, it will be interesting to see at this stage which insurers will choose to withdraw and which will try and ride out the storm, anticipating a turning market.

  4. Saint Francis de Sales:

    If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success.

  5. Epicurus:

    The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.

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  • تراجع, سحبArabic
  • stáhnoutCzech
  • abziehen, entziehen, zurücknehmen, abheben, zurückziehenGerman
  • αποσύρω, αποσύρομαιGreek
  • retiriEsperanto
  • sacar, retirar, retiradaSpanish
  • perääntyä, vetäytyä, [[vetää]] [[takaisin]], [[ottaa]] [[takaisin]], nostaa, peruaFinnish
  • retirer, se retirerFrench
  • retirarse, sacar, retirarGalician
  • ritirarsi, prelevare, ritirareItalian
  • 下ろす, 引き揚げる, 後退する, 退却する, 手を引く, 引き出す, 取り消すJapanese
  • izņemt, atkāpties, atsauktLatvian
  • paunu, tango, maunu, whakatahiMāori
  • terugnemen, terugtrekken, intrekken, opnemen, pinnen, afhalenDutch
  • wypłacić, wypłacać, wycofaćPolish
  • retirar, devolver, retirar-se, sacarPortuguese
  • preleva, retrageRomanian
  • брать назад, вывести, отходить, отступить, забирать, снимать, отступать, снять, выводить, ретироваться, отойтиRussian
  • umakniti, umakniti se, dvignitiSlovene
  • ఉపసంహరించుTelugu
  • para çekmekTurkish
  • rút tiềnVietnamese

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