Definition of withdraw in English:

withdraw

verb

  • 1with object Remove or take away (something) from a particular place or position.

    ‘slowly Ruth withdrew her hand from his’
    • ‘In fact the smog lifted about 10 years ago, after ageing fleets of cars and buses were withdrawn and industries were removed from the centre.’
    • ‘The blade was withdrawn, and Dragonis slowly fell to the ground.’
    • ‘Cassie slowly withdrew her foot watching Darla writhe in the seat.’
    • ‘The needle is withdrawn, slowly, with slight pressure pulling back on the syringe.’
    • ‘Slowly, the woman withdrew her hands and face from him.’
    • ‘Wendell was still staring at me as he withdrew his sword, slowly putting it back in its sheath, where it belonged.’
    • ‘Kuja slowly withdrew her sword, a look of great dislike on her face.’
    • ‘‘Slowly withdraw the key and place it on the ground,’ Sheldon directed.’
    • ‘Slowly, he withdrew five photograph frames and gazed into them while lying down on the couch on his back.’
    • ‘Slowly, the assassin withdrew the long blade from his red holster.’
    • ‘Instead he withdrew the weapon slowly and thrust it into Malek's stomach.’
    • ‘Slowly, I withdrew my hand and rolled over - to my side of the bed.’
    • ‘The termites defend themselves against the intruder by attaching to the tool, at which point the chimp slowly withdraws the tool and eats the attached termites.’
    • ‘Ana didn't reply right away; her hands froze in the drawer and slowly she withdrew them, still staring at Lily.’
    • ‘Slowly, Matt withdrew both his hands, but he didn't stop kissing her.’
    • ‘When he finally had him seated, and calm, Juan turned his back to Miguel and slowly withdrew the gun from under his coat.’
    • ‘I slowly played a few random notes but stopped abruptly and withdrew my hand.’
    • ‘Jynx withdrew her arms and slowly, carefully, rolled onto her stomach.’
    • ‘Using her teeth, she peeled back one of the gloves she was wearing and triumphantly withdrew a slim book of matches, which she tossed to me, eyes impassive.’
    • ‘He paused when he reached the right position and withdrew a small amount of clear fluid.’
    remove, extract, draw out, pull out, take out
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    1. 1.1 Take (money) out of an account.
      ‘normally you can withdraw up to $50 in cash’
      • ‘For customers wishing to set up payment by direct debit, the money is withdrawn from their account on the 15th of every month.’
      • ‘When a cheque is sent out, the bank details are copied and used to fill in Direct Debit standing order mandates which are then used to withdraw money from accounts.’
      • ‘A smart thief from Hunan Province who stole data from credit cards and then withdrew money from the accounts has been identified as an inventor.’
      • ‘The government wants those assets to grow too because the tax deferral ends when the money is withdrawn from the account.’
      • ‘In December 2003 Mrs Hill sent a cheque for her council tax and the money was withdrawn from her bank account.’
      • ‘The satellite-based network will allow the bank to integrate all its ATMs, enabling its account holders to withdraw money from any of its ATMs.’
      • ‘U.S. players will be able to withdraw money from their accounts after January 31 but will not be able to place bets or deposit money.’
      • ‘But what Tess didn't realize is I had been watching her, I had been watching how money was withdrawn from my bank account.’
      • ‘It doesn't say anything about what you can do with that proof, like withdraw money from an account, or enter a country.’
      • ‘If you have enough money to pay your taxes and are simply looking for convenience, file electronically and arrange for the money to be withdrawn from your checking account.’
      • ‘The men allegedly forced him at gunpoint to drive to Stilfontein where money was withdrawn from his bank account.’
      • ‘The presentation of the passbook is therefore required before any moneys can be withdrawn from an account.’
      • ‘You're charged a small fee only when you add or withdraw money from your account or opt to receive a traditional plastic MasterCard debit card from the company.’
      • ‘The company has admitted withdrawing money from her account, by mistake, twice in the last two months’
      • ‘A professional fraudster who politely withdraws money from false accounts has made off with tens of thousands of pounds from banks in Yorkshire and across the North, it was revealed last night.’
      • ‘For example, New York penalizes investors who withdraw money if their accounts have not been open for at least three years.’
      • ‘Every time she needs cash, she has her son leave our home, go the ATM, withdraw money from her account, and bring it to her across town.’
      • ‘During the six months Ying lived with Kang, he learned the pin numbers on Kang's bank accounts and is believed to have withdrawn money from the accounts.’
      • ‘References to stolen goods include money which is dishonestly withdrawn from an account to which a wrongful credit has been made, but only to the extent that the money derives from the credit.’
      • ‘That means, for example, account holders can withdraw money only to pay for a home, business or college education.’
      take out, draw out
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    2. 1.2 Take back or away (something bestowed, proposed, or used)
      ‘the party threatened to withdraw its support for the government’
      • ‘The stock market correctly has withdrawn itself, has pulled back because of that slowdown to lower valuation points.’
      • ‘A charge of possession with intent to supply was withdrawn.’
      • ‘He also confirmed that a second charge of behaving in an aggressive and threatening manner had been withdrawn.’
      • ‘Suprofen, an arthritis drug, was withdrawn from the market when patients suffered kidney toxicity.’
      • ‘Lastly, Mr. Robinson points out the offer to settle was withdrawn by the defendants and, therefore is not relevant.’
      • ‘They tell us bus fares are going up and buses are being withdrawn to provide a better service for passengers.’
      • ‘Management had threatened to withdraw the offer if the workers had not accepted it by August 11.’
      • ‘I also say, as a proud trade unionist, that, unlike the Opposition, I do support the idea that if people are in the position of withdrawing their labour in a strike situation they should not get paid for it.’
      • ‘The Rhineland was to be occupied for 15 years, but troops were to be progressively withdrawn at five-year intervals provided Germany carried out the treaty terms.’
      • ‘The latest offer withdrew an earlier demand by the company to immediately lay off 36 workers.’
      • ‘The plans included a reduction in the number of bedrooms from a previous application which was withdrawn in August last year.’
      • ‘One service, which had previously been withdrawn because of problems, had been restored.’
      • ‘Bareis was appalled by the painting and withdrew his $300 offer.’
      • ‘If the money is not found and the work planned for this year not completed, then the grant offer will be withdrawn, with no option to re-apply.’
      • ‘But shortly afterwards they wrote to him informing him that the job offer had been withdrawn.’
      • ‘However the provision of facilities to recycle cans and paper products previously available have been withdrawn from the public.’
      • ‘It was on the basis of that position that we withdrew our support for this bill.’
      • ‘Talks had broken off a week earlier when pilots left the bargaining table and the airline withdrew their most recent offer.’
      • ‘She has been transformed into a totally ‘normal’ 6 year old, and her parents are slowly withdrawing the fluoxetine.’
      • ‘Then on Tuesday, they were told the offers had been withdrawn.’
      abolish, cancel, lift, raise, set aside, discontinue, end, stop, terminate, remove, reverse, revoke, rescind, repeal, countermand, annul, void
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    3. 1.3 (in parliamentary procedure) remove or recall a motion, amendment, etc., from consideration.
      • ‘Nikola Nikolov of the Movement for National Revival Oborishte said the amendments should be withdrawn.’
      • ‘The Union Cabinet has decided to withdraw the Companies Bill, 2003.’
      • ‘It is the same Act that was introduced during the Fall of 1995 but was later withdrawn when Parliament adjourned.’
      • ‘A draft bill had earlier been introduced in Parliament and withdrawn because of these complexities.’
      • ‘It ended with Thomas Mesereau smiling and saying, your honor, we withdraw that motion.’
      • ‘The 300 delegates at the conference withdrew a more conciliatory motion on the smoking ban and voted instead for outright opposition to it.’
      • ‘Motions may be withdrawn, amended or defeated, but the thrust of critical motions illustrates a mood of challenge and crisis.’
      • ‘Motion one was withdrawn so the delegates politely applauded the new strategies rather than actually voting on them.’
      • ‘But they agreed that if a satisfactory explanation for Mr Appleby's actions was given at a future meeting, the motion would be withdrawn.’
    4. 1.4 Say that (a statement one has made) is untrue or unjustified.
      ‘he failed to withdraw his remarks and apologize’
      • ‘Witnesses in criminal proceedings against these people are being intimidated, so they do not make any statements or withdraw those already made.’
      • ‘Pat Daly said the remark had been withdrawn and there was now nothing for which to apologise.’
      • ‘You will withdraw that statement!’
      • ‘The remarks were later withdrawn when Irish inflation abated.’
      • ‘Counsellor McCarthy said he was not sure what remarks he had been asked to withdraw and that he was not prepared to withdraw any remarks he had made in any event.’
      • ‘The Treasurer is right: the remark must be withdrawn if it is unparliamentary and offensive.’
      • ‘Brian had recently made, and subsequently withdrawn, a statement alleging intimidation at work.’
      • ‘We call on you to immediately withdraw your cruel and defamatory statements made against our client.’
      • ‘The paper also reported that a young female witness had withdrawn an earlier statement that she had seen a streak of light cross a road near the factory minutes before the explosion.’
      • ‘The Listener withdraws those remarks and apologises to the club and its members.’
      • ‘If he is not representing your position correctly he should withdraw his statement.’
      retract, take back, unsay, go back on, recall, recant, disavow, disclaim, abjure, repudiate, renounce
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    5. 1.5no object (of a man) practice coitus interruptus.
      ‘it put me off taking the Pill—my partner now withdraws’
  • 2Leave or cause to leave a place or situation.

    no object ‘UN forces withdrew from the province’
    with object ‘both countries agreed to withdraw their troops’
    leave, pull out of, move out of, evacuate, quit, retire from, retreat from, pull back from
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    1. 2.1no object Cease to participate in an activity or be a member of a team or organization.
      ‘his rival withdrew from the race on the second lap’
      • ‘Ellis had already withdrawn from the Leicester team because of an Achilles tendon injury and he must also be in doubt for Saturday.’
      • ‘Party members pressured Essis to withdraw from the race, but he refused to do so.’
      • ‘The Khmer Rouge withdrew from the process and then attacked it.’
      • ‘Singapore withdrew from the Federation on August 9, 1965, and became an independent republic.’
      • ‘Virtually the whole first team squad have withdrawn from the meaningless friendlies.’
      • ‘Last week, the four Berlin universities and three of the four advanced technical colleges also withdrew from the local government employers' association.’
      • ‘Fallows does not expect any other teams to withdraw from the competition as a result of Army or RAF call ups.’
      • ‘This led to many other teams withdrawing from the competition and only 96 of the original 189 competitors finished the race.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, she believes that the government should not withdraw altogether from economic activity.’
      • ‘However, during the course of the study, two participating faculty members withdrew.’
      • ‘The Bush administration withdrew from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty with Russia in 2002.’
      • ‘Death threats, allegedly from a Loyalist paramilitary group, forced Northern Ireland soccer star Neil Lennon, a Catholic, to withdraw from the international team.’
      • ‘He conceded that the decision of Jessica Kurten to withdraw from the team had proven costly.’
      • ‘McGrath has withdrawn from the team for the one day matches in order to receive treatment and possibly have an operation.’
      • ‘When the Conservative party withdrew from Lloyd George's coalition in 1922, he immediately resigned and was never a serious force again.’
      • ‘One party, whose members believe Britain should withdraw from the EU, is expected to make huge gains.’
      • ‘The young Maradona of the 1982 football World Cup was red-carded and withdrawn from the team for the rest of the tournament for his tempestuous behaviour.’
      • ‘However, both forfeited their chances of overall victory when their team withdrew later that evening, fearing further incidents.’
      • ‘She withdrew from the government some time ago in order to become mayor of the city of Lille, a move that was generally interpreted as preparation for a career on a higher level.’
      • ‘The perception of poor teamwork by one team member, whether actual or perceived, is enough to change the dynamics within that team, causing that team member to withdraw.’
      pull out of, back out of, beg off, bow out of, scratch from
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    2. 2.2with object Prevent (someone) from participating in an activity.
      ‘patients were withdrawn from therapy when they had been depression-free for a month’
      • ‘If you belonged to the world the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, because my choice withdrew you from the world, therefore the world hates you.’
      • ‘And, eventually, for those reasons, Johnson withdrew him, because it became an ethical concern.’
      • ‘But Elliott surprised Yorkshire officials by announcing that his knee was still not 100 per cent and as a result he was withdrawn from the side.’
      • ‘But he was withdrawn by teachers from his GCSEs and left on 20 July 2003 with a GNVQ in business studies.’
      • ‘Williamson, fearful he would be sent off, withdrew him after an early booking left him playing on the brink of a red card.’
      • ‘But the Brandsby trainer withdrew him from that contest after inspecting the Chepstow course and expressing concerns that all the frost had not come out of the ground.’
      • ‘As a result the circus withdrew Annie for a day while an investigation was carried out.’
      • ‘Unhappy at the standard of care that his two-year-old daughter was receiving from an Edinburgh nursery, he withdrew her on grounds of safety.’
      • ‘There is no way I would have wanted to withdraw him from school where all his friends are, but I felt I was given no choice.’
      • ‘They told him the bad news and withdrew him from the side.’
      • ‘Racegoers thought the trainer might even be about to withdraw him.’
      • ‘My son is there and I would like to withdraw him, but I am a serviceman and it is the only time he has felt settled.’
      • ‘She was withdrawn out of courtesy to her precarious state.’
      • ‘Edinburgh seemed resigned to their fate, especially when Simon Taylor was withdrawn ten minutes from the end.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, this is wrong and I am not surprised that his mother is thinking of withdrawing him from school.’
      • ‘The midfielder seemed to have trouble retaining his balance, and it was no surprise when he was withdrawn in the 36th minute.’
      • ‘Ankrah secured an ex-parte injunction preventing Elias and Associates from replacing her or withdrawing her from the pageant.’
      • ‘Torquay made a substitution at half-time and changed their formation as Neil Prince was withdrawn and Marcus Richardson was sent on to join Howard Forinton in attack.’
      • ‘Graham Fenton, the man earlier brought in as a possible solution, started in the midfield until a hideous head clash saw him being withdrawn with six minutes of the first half remaining.’
      • ‘Despite a good attendance record, he was withdrawn by teachers from all his GCSE exams.’
    3. 2.3no object Depart to another place in search of quiet or privacy.
      ‘they withdrew to their rooms for a siesta’
      ‘he went silent and withdrew into himself’
      • ‘Upon receiving this recognition, he left the East Mountain community and withdrew into solitude.’
      • ‘Queen Mary and the Dauphin and Genevieve and the Maries came and said quiet prayers before withdrawing without disturbing her.’
      • ‘Boys would approach girls, a pickup would ensue, and the couple would withdraw into another room, she says.’
      • ‘Living reclusively in a rented cottage in nearby Nunnington, they have both withdrawn from community life.’
      • ‘Carson chose to let Tonight stand as his career zenith and his finale, withdrawing into a quiet retirement that suited his private nature and refusing involvement in other show business projects.’
      go, retire, retreat, take oneself, leave, depart, absent oneself, adjourn, decamp, beat a retreat
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  • 3no object Cease to take an addictive drug.

    ‘for the cocaine user, it is possible to withdraw without medication’
    • ‘In hospital after an operation, she managed to withdraw from drugs.’
    • ‘The research also showed evidence of problems withdrawing from the drug and poor prescribing practice.’
    • ‘Five of the women who died were on a wing, which holds new inmates - most of whom are withdrawing from drugs or alcohol - in their first days in prison.’
    • ‘Skillful management is needed when withdrawing pain medication and controlling the subsequent headache exacerbation.’
    • ‘The association feared that the estimated 10 000 UK patients taking primidone had not been given enough time to withdraw from the drug safely.’
    • ‘He used the drug to withdraw from heroin.’
    • ‘The first step was shunning sugar and weaning herself from wheat, an experience Beals reckons is similar to the experience of withdrawing from drugs.’
    • ‘She had withdrawn from heroin while in prison on remand and needed support to stop her relapsing.’
    • ‘Some people have said it's easier to withdraw from heroin than to kick the tobacco habit.’
    • ‘She was guided by her doctor to withdraw from the steroid medication over a period of 4 months while taking the herbs.’
    • ‘The former Little Lever High School pupil said just hours before her death that she was ready to withdraw from the drug and she spoke of starting a new life.’
    • ‘In order to be put back on the straight again, he has to be incarcerated to hopefully be able to withdraw from the addiction.’
    • ‘When the program started, there were six newly born babies withdrawing from drugs in the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.’
    • ‘If the withdrawal problems you get from the drug are so severe that you cannot easily withdraw, then you're going to be physically dependent on the drug.’
    • ‘The ‘Good Samaritans’ had helped him withdraw from heroin and given him financial help.’
    • ‘She added that she believes it was the pain of withdrawing from heroin which caused him to take his own life.’
    • ‘When you stop smoking, the withdrawal from nicotine can be as difficult as withdrawing from heroin or cocaine.’
    • ‘Instead, they are made aware of the seriousness of their offences, while also being offered help to withdraw from drugs at an early stage.’
    • ‘I was withdrawing from heroin and I was put into a cell, no T.V., no tobacco, nothing.’

Origin

Middle English: from the prefix with- ‘away’ + the verb draw.

Pronunciation