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[ with-draw, with- ]

verb (used with object)

, with·drew [wi, th, -, droo, with-], with·drawn [wi, th, -, drawn, with-], with·draw·ing.
  1. to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove:

    She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.

  2. to retract or recall:

    to withdraw an untrue charge.

    Synonyms: disavow, rescind, revoke

  3. to cause (a person) to undergo withdrawal from addiction to a substance.

verb (used without object)

, with·drew [wi, th, -, droo, with-], with·drawn [wi, th, -, drawn, with-], with·draw·ing.
  1. to go or move back, away, or aside; retire; retreat:

    to withdraw from the room.

  2. to remove oneself from some activity, competition, etc.:

    He withdrew before I could nominate him.

  3. to cease using or consuming an addictive narcotic (followed by from ):

    to withdraw from heroin.

  4. Parliamentary Procedure. to remove an amendment, motion, etc., from consideration.


/ wɪðˈdrɔː /


  1. tr to take or draw back or away; remove
  2. tr to remove from deposit or investment in a bank, building society, etc
  3. tr to retract or recall (a statement, promise, etc)
  4. intr to retire or retreat

    the troops withdrew

  5. introften foll byfrom to back out (of) or depart (from)

    he withdrew from public life

  6. intr to detach oneself socially, emotionally, or mentally

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Derived Forms

  • withˈdrawer, noun
  • withˈdrawable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • with·drawa·ble adjective
  • with·drawer noun
  • with·drawing·ness noun
  • nonwith·drawa·ble adjective
  • unwith·drawa·ble adjective
  • unwith·drawing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of withdraw1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of withdraw1

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

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Synonym Study

See depart.

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Example Sentences

So they thought up both a technical solution and a way for people to withdraw or delete their biometric data with complete agency.

The FDA withdrew its approval after multiple trials in different parts of the world showed that hydroxychloroquine can actually be dangerous.

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Polling in May by the student analytics firm College Reaction shows that 4 percent of all college-going students plan to withdraw from school temporarily.

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Late last week, a deal was struck with Oregon’s governor to withdraw the troops.

It gained ground from India, but then withdrew its forces, bringing them back close to their starting positions.

Some say they believe that ISIS will simply withdraw from the city without fighting any heated battles.

Will Christian pharmacists, county clerks, florists, and for-profit wedding chapels really withdraw from society, as you describe?

“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 public eye, ever watchful and timid, waits scarcely for the show of danger to take alarm and withdraw its favour.

When he had finished speaking, he commanded him to withdraw for an hour; after which time, he would tell him his resolution.

The manner of his prisoner, sufficiently mollified the officer; and he made a sign to his attendants to withdraw.

For the first time for 18 days and nights it has been found possible to withdraw the 29th Division from the fire fight.

Thereon the commander of the picquet proceeded to withdraw his men and sent word to Auersperg.





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