- to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove: She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.
- to retract or recall: to withdraw an untrue charge.
- to cause (a person) to undergo withdrawal from addiction to a substance.
- to go or move back, away, or aside; retire; retreat: to withdraw from the room.
- to remove oneself from some activity, competition, etc.: He withdrew before I could nominate him.
- to cease using or consuming an addictive narcotic (followed by from): to withdraw from heroin.
- Parliamentary Procedure. to remove an amendment, motion, etc., from consideration.
Origin of withdraw
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Examples from the Web for withdraw
“After the withdraw, they realized that firefighter Craig-Lewis was missing,” said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
She was separated from her colleagues after they were overcome by smoke and heat and ordered to withdraw.
A cruiser shows up and eyes narrow and citizens often withdraw.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
LaBeouf claims that he did wish to withdraw from public life.Shia LaBeouf Claims He Was Raped During His Performance Art Project #IAMSORRY
November 28, 2014
“Sometimes you might withdraw a ventilator in cases of very severe and permanent neurological damage,” Joffe said.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
But if this goes on, it is the gentlemen who ought to withdraw.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Here is her father; withdraw a little, and let me tell him who you are.The Imaginary Invalid
Send an army into Attica, and compel the Athenians to withdraw their forces from Potidaea.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Boabdil motioned to the Moor to withdraw, and an alfaqui advanced in his stead.Leila, Complete
The grey-haired gentleman had roused himself, and was preparing to withdraw.Little Dorrit
- (tr) to take or draw back or away; remove
- (tr) to remove from deposit or investment in a bank, building society, etc
- (tr) to retract or recall (a statement, promise, etc)
- (intr) to retire or retreatthe troops withdrew
- (intr often foll by from) to back out (of) or depart (from)he withdrew from public life
- (intr) to detach oneself socially, emotionally, or mentally
Word Origin and History for withdraw
early 13c., "to take back," from with "away" + drawen "to draw," possibly a loan-translation of Latin retrahere "to retract." Sense of "to remove oneself" is recorded from c.1300.