- simple past tense of withdraw.
- 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 withdrew
Other communist countries that withdrew their films and delegates included East Germany, Cuba, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
Many secular activists from the urban areas of Damascus or Aleppo withdrew long ago, sickened by what the uprising was becoming.Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrians Obama Wants to Pit Against ISIS?
September 15, 2014
But McCrum withdrew his name in 2010, as the prolonged nomination process stalled his law practice.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 31
August 31, 2014
By the morning of August 4th, the outgunned Peshmerga were running out of ammunition and withdrew from Sinjar district entirely.Iraq’s Religious Minorities are Being Slaughtered and ISIS Just Captured the Last Town Giving Them Shelter
August 4, 2014
On Friday, Warners withdrew the claim and YouTube put it back up.Hedgehog Birthday, ‘Frozen Is the New Black,’ and More Viral Videos
July 12, 2014
She withdrew, and presently came back with a note which she despatched to Mauburn.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I thanked her; and she withdrew to read them; saying, she would return them, when she had.
After his explanation Hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.Way of the Lawless
These troubles in the Church so powerfully affected them that they withdrew.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And leaning upon my Hannah's arm, withdrew to my own apartment.
- the past tense of withdraw
- (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 withdrew
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.