- 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
4. See depart.
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- (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
C13: from with (in the sense: away from) + draw
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Word Origin and History for withdrawable
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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