[with-droo, with-]


simple past tense of 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.

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 withdrew

Contemporary Examples of withdrew

Historical Examples of withdrew

  • 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.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • After his explanation Hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.

  • And leaning upon my Hannah's arm, withdrew to my own apartment.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • These troubles in the Church so powerfully affected them that they withdrew.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

British Dictionary definitions for withdrew



the past tense of 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 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.

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