withdraw

[with-draw, with-]

verb (used with object), with·drew, with·drawn, with·draw·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), with·drew, with·drawn, with·draw·ing.


Nearby words

  1. with the best will in the world,
  2. with the exception of,
  3. with the gloves off,
  4. with-,
  5. withal,
  6. withdrawal,
  7. withdrawal symptom,
  8. withdrawal symptoms,
  9. withdrawal syndrome,
  10. withdrawing room

Origin of withdraw

First recorded in 1175–1225, withdraw is from the Middle English word withdrawen. See with-, draw

Related forms

Synonym study

4. See depart.

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British Dictionary definitions for withdraw

withdraw

verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn

(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
Derived Formswithdrawable, adjectivewithdrawer, noun

Word Origin for withdraw

C13: from with (in the sense: away from) + draw

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Word Origin and History for withdraw

withdraw

v.

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.

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