What does withdraw mean?

Definitions for withdraw
wɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-with·draw

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word withdraw.

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.

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. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself.

  2. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    Turkey may consider providing logistical support based on the evolution of the situation, iran and the terrorist groups must withdraw.

  3. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

    If he's going to do that, he should present the entire picture, including the agreement that Bush made with the Maliki government in Iraq that set the end of 2012 as the date to withdraw American troops.

  4. Joseph Dunford:

    I think Joint Chiefs of Staff's premature, I'm not using the' withdraw' word right now, we're going to make sure our, that Afghanistan's not a sanctuary.

  5. Larry Hogan:

    We've already started to withdraw. It will take a little while. We brought 4,000 people in.

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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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    relating to or involving money
    • A. valetudinarian
    • B. pecuniary
    • C. lank
    • D. bonzer

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