[with-drawn, with-]


past participle of withdraw.


removed from circulation, contact, competition, etc.
shy; retiring; reticent.

Related formswith·drawn·ness, nounun·with·drawn, adjective

Synonyms for withdrawn


[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.

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

First recorded in 1175–1225, withdraw is from the Middle English word withdrawen. See with-, draw
Related formswith·draw·a·ble, adjectivewith·draw·er, nounwith·draw·ing·ness, nounnon·with·draw·a·ble, adjectiveun·with·draw·a·ble, adjectiveun·with·draw·ing, adjective

Synonyms for withdraw

Synonym study

4. See depart.
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Examples from the Web for withdrawn

Contemporary Examples of withdrawn

Historical Examples of withdrawn

  • After they had withdrawn, no other footsteps approached the sacred place.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • My mother, I thought, might have withdrawn with me, as she knows that I have not a friend in my sister.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • As for George, he had withdrawn into the dusky shadow behind his father's chair.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She could scarcely endure the aloofness with which he had withdrawn into himself.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • I threw them a shilling: the hay-rope was withdrawn, and at last we went on.

British Dictionary definitions for withdrawn



the past participle of withdraw


unusually reserved, introverted, or shy
secluded or remote
Derived Formswithdrawnness, noun


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 withdrawn



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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