Definition of withdraw in English:


Pronunciation: /wiT͟Hˈdrô//wiTHˈdrô/


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

    ‘slowly Ruth withdrew her hand from his’
    • ‘Ana didn't reply right away; her hands froze in the drawer and slowly she withdrew them, still staring at Lily.’
    • ‘Jynx withdrew her arms and slowly, carefully, rolled onto her stomach.’
    • ‘Slowly, Matt withdrew both his hands, but he didn't stop kissing her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I slowly played a few random notes but stopped abruptly and withdrew my hand.’
    • ‘Instead he withdrew the weapon slowly and thrust it into Malek's stomach.’
    • ‘Slowly, the assassin withdrew the long blade from his red holster.’
    • ‘The needle is withdrawn, slowly, with slight pressure pulling back on the syringe.’
    • ‘Wendell was still staring at me as he withdrew his sword, slowly putting it back in its sheath, where it belonged.’
    • ‘In fact the smog lifted about 10 years ago, after ageing fleets of cars and buses were withdrawn and industries were removed from the centre.’
    • ‘Kuja slowly withdrew her sword, a look of great dislike on her face.’
    • ‘When he finally had him seated, and calm, Juan turned his back to Miguel and slowly withdrew the gun from under his coat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slowly, the woman withdrew her hands and face from him.’
    • ‘Cassie slowly withdrew her foot watching Darla writhe in the seat.’
    • ‘The blade was withdrawn, and Dragonis slowly fell to the ground.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘The company has admitted withdrawing money from her account, by mistake, twice in the last two months’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The men allegedly forced him at gunpoint to drive to Stilfontein where money was withdrawn from his bank account.’
      • ‘For example, New York penalizes investors who withdraw money if their accounts have not been open for at least three years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For customers wishing to set up payment by direct debit, the money is withdrawn from their account on the 15th of every month.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It doesn't say anything about what you can do with that proof, like withdraw money from an account, or enter a country.’
      • ‘But what Tess didn't realize is I had been watching her, I had been watching how money was withdrawn from my bank 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The presentation of the passbook is therefore required before any moneys can be withdrawn from an account.’
      • ‘That means, for example, account holders can withdraw money only to pay for a home, business or college education.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Talks had broken off a week earlier when pilots left the bargaining table and the airline withdrew their most recent offer.’
      • ‘Then on Tuesday, they were told the offers had been withdrawn.’
      • ‘The stock market correctly has withdrawn itself, has pulled back because of that slowdown to lower valuation points.’
      • ‘It was on the basis of that position that we withdrew our support for this bill.’
      • ‘One service, which had previously been withdrawn because of problems, had been restored.’
      • ‘The plans included a reduction in the number of bedrooms from a previous application which was withdrawn in August last year.’
      • ‘They tell us bus fares are going up and buses are being withdrawn to provide a better service for passengers.’
      • ‘But shortly afterwards they wrote to him informing him that the job offer had been withdrawn.’
      • ‘She has been transformed into a totally ‘normal’ 6 year old, and her parents are slowly withdrawing the fluoxetine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The latest offer withdrew an earlier demand by the company to immediately lay off 36 workers.’
      • ‘A charge of possession with intent to supply was withdrawn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However the provision of facilities to recycle cans and paper products previously available have been withdrawn from the public.’
      • ‘Bareis was appalled by the painting and withdrew his $300 offer.’
      • ‘Lastly, Mr. Robinson points out the offer to settle was withdrawn by the defendants and, therefore is not relevant.’
      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.
      • ‘The Union Cabinet has decided to withdraw the Companies Bill, 2003.’
      • ‘A draft bill had earlier been introduced in Parliament and withdrawn because of these complexities.’
      • ‘The 300 delegates at the conference withdrew a more conciliatory motion on the smoking ban and voted instead for outright opposition to it.’
      • ‘It is the same Act that was introduced during the Fall of 1995 but was later withdrawn when Parliament adjourned.’
      • ‘Motion one was withdrawn so the delegates politely applauded the new strategies rather than actually voting on them.’
      • ‘Nikola Nikolov of the Movement for National Revival Oborishte said the amendments should be withdrawn.’
      • ‘It ended with Thomas Mesereau smiling and saying, your honor, we withdraw that motion.’
      • ‘But they agreed that if a satisfactory explanation for Mr Appleby's actions was given at a future meeting, the motion would be withdrawn.’
      • ‘Motions may be withdrawn, amended or defeated, but the thrust of critical motions illustrates a mood of challenge and crisis.’
    4. 1.4 Say that (a statement one has made) is untrue or unjustified.
      ‘he failed to withdraw his remarks and apologize’
      • ‘Brian had recently made, and subsequently withdrawn, a statement alleging intimidation at work.’
      • ‘Witnesses in criminal proceedings against these people are being intimidated, so they do not make any statements or withdraw those already made.’
      • ‘If he is not representing your position correctly he should withdraw his statement.’
      • ‘Pat Daly said the remark had been withdrawn and there was now nothing for which to apologise.’
      • ‘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 Treasurer is right: the remark must be withdrawn if it is unparliamentary and offensive.’
      • ‘The Listener withdraws those remarks and apologises to the club and its members.’
      • ‘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 remarks were later withdrawn when Irish inflation abated.’
      • ‘We call on you to immediately withdraw your cruel and defamatory statements made against our client.’
      • ‘You will withdraw that statement!’
      retract, take back, unsay, go back on, recall, recant, disavow, disclaim, abjure, repudiate, renounce
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    5. 1.5[no object] (of a man) practice coitus interruptus.
      ‘it put me off taking the Pill—my partner now withdraws’
  • 2[no object] Leave or come back from a place, especially a war zone.

    ‘Allied forces withdrew from Norway in 1941’
    • ‘When Spain withdrew from the region in 1976, the territory was annexed by Mauritania and Morocco.’
    • ‘The Belgians, in one of their few colonial retreats, withdrew.’
    • ‘After Portugal finally withdrew from Mozambique in 1974, civil war erupted, further isolating the north.’
    • ‘In May 1948, the British withdrew from Palestine and the Zionists immediately declared independence and the establishment of Israel.’
    • ‘They withdrew from the mountainous republic after defeat in a 1994-96 war.’
    • ‘The country had fallen into oblivion since the US withdrew from the region at the end of 1980.’
    • ‘The Israeli military only withdrew from Beirut in 1983, settling in its present security zone in 1985.’
    • ‘It is vital to reverse this trend before the business community withdraws from the countryside altogether.’
    • ‘The resistance, however, continued to grow, to the point where US troops withdrew from the city last December.’
    • ‘After the British and French withdrew from Suez in 1956 Nasser became a hero in the Arab Middle East.’
    • ‘The United Nations withdrew from Iraq in October after its headquarters was hit by suicide bombings twice over two months.’
    • ‘Under a Russian-brokered deal the Yugoslav army withdrew from Kosovo, which became a NATO protectorate governed by a United Nations official.’
    • ‘In 1989 the Soviets acknowledged defeat and withdrew from Afghanistan.’
    • ‘When the US finally withdrew from Vietnam, the forces of self determination and liberation across the world were strengthened.’
    • ‘The previous day, the Bangladeshi Rifles withdrew from Padua village to restore the status quo.’
    • ‘At the end of the day's fighting, the Confederates withdrew from the field.’
    • ‘After being pressured by the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq withdrew from Kuwait in 1977.’
    • ‘The U.S. forces withdrew from the cities and set up shop in larger bases outside of town.’
    • ‘After many years of terrorist attacks by the Bajorans, the Cardassians withdrew from Bajor.’
    • ‘When the Soviet Union withdrew from the region and collapsed, the United States also disengaged from the region.’
    1. 2.1[with object] Cause (someone) to leave or come back from a place, especially a war zone.
      ‘both countries agreed to withdraw their troops’
      • ‘Last night Mr Assad told Time magazine that Syrian troops could be withdrawn within six months.’
      • ‘Yesterday tens of thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets across the UK to call for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq.’
      • ‘In the end, I gracefully withdrew myself from the situation, chalking it up to an idea before its time.’
      • ‘Are you worried that the U.S. military may have to withdraw some of those forces in order to deal with Iraq?’
      • ‘Other commentators have called for British troops to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘Cuban troops were to be withdrawn and a reluctant Savimbi was forced to the negotiating table.’
      • ‘How quickly should Syria withdraw all of its forces from Lebanon?’
      • ‘On June 15, Thailand announced that its contingent of 450 troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by September 20.’
      • ‘However, no troops have been withdrawn from the province, operations continue and the media remains under tight control.’
      • ‘The government has agreed to withdraw some of its forces following the handover of weapons.’
      • ‘Despite a major offensive in 1972, US forces had been withdrawn by May.’
      • ‘In June, they announced that forces would be withdrawn in 2006, but only to be transferred to Afghanistan.’
      • ‘Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the forces would be withdrawn starting this winter and ending in March, though he did not disclose how many troops would be cut.’
      • ‘British and American officials today tried to end speculation that large numbers of troops could be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as next year.’
      • ‘And yet yesterday they found themselves marching alongside those who demand that American and British troops should be immediately withdrawn from his borders.’
      • ‘U.S. troops would be withdrawn into fortified compounds on the outskirts of the cities.’
      • ‘A Syrian-Lebanese military committee is due to meet next week to set a timeline for withdrawing the 8,000 remaining forces.’
      • ‘The question is no longer if American forces will be withdrawn, but how soon - and at what cost.’
      • ‘The main forces to be withdrawn from Europe are two heavy divisions based in Germany.’
      • ‘The Philippines withdrew its 51 troops to secure the release of lorry driver Angelo de la Cruz last month.’
      leave, pull out of, move out of, evacuate, quit, retire from, retreat from, pull back from
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    2. 2.2 No longer participate in an activity or be a member of a team or organization.
      ‘his rival withdrew from the race on the second lap’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fallows does not expect any other teams to withdraw from the competition as a result of Army or RAF call ups.’
      • ‘However, both forfeited their chances of overall victory when their team withdrew later that evening, fearing further incidents.’
      • ‘The Bush administration withdrew from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty with Russia in 2002.’
      • ‘When the Conservative party withdrew from Lloyd George's coalition in 1922, he immediately resigned and was never a serious force again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Death threats, allegedly from a Loyalist paramilitary group, forced Northern Ireland soccer star Neil Lennon, a Catholic, to withdraw from the international team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Khmer Rouge withdrew from the process and then attacked it.’
      • ‘One party, whose members believe Britain should withdraw from the EU, is expected to make huge gains.’
      • ‘This led to many other teams withdrawing from the competition and only 96 of the original 189 competitors finished the race.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ellis had already withdrawn from the Leicester team because of an Achilles tendon injury and he must also be in doubt for Saturday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Party members pressured Essis to withdraw from the race, but he refused to do so.’
      pull out of, back out of, beg off, bow out of, scratch from
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    3. 2.3 Depart to another room or place, especially in search of quiet or privacy.
      • ‘Boys would approach girls, a pickup would ensue, and the couple would withdraw into another room, she says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Queen Mary and the Dauphin and Genevieve and the Maries came and said quiet prayers before withdrawing without disturbing her.’
      • ‘Living reclusively in a rented cottage in nearby Nunnington, they have both withdrawn from community life.’
      • ‘Upon receiving this recognition, he left the East Mountain community and withdrew into solitude.’
      go, retire, retreat, take oneself, leave, depart, absent oneself, adjourn, decamp, beat a retreat
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    4. 2.4 Retreat from contact or communication with other people.
      ‘he went silent and withdrew into himself’
      • ‘He withdrew into himself and drank heavily, eventually joining AA.’
      • ‘There are a number of elderly people in the community who totally withdraw from social contact exclusively due to their hearing.’
      • ‘He withdrew into himself and spoke to no one about his feelings.’
      • ‘Some children with autism withdraw from physical contact with other people and do not make eye contact.’
      • ‘Fusco was traumatised for life by injustices and violence, became mute and, after a violent crisis, completely withdrew into himself.’
      • ‘Royal Hobart Hospital director of medical services Dr Helen McArdle said the worker has withdrawn from patient contact.’
      • ‘Because of the rifts between the students, Mellisa, who felt that she hadn't many friends, withdrew into herself.’
      • ‘Some of us have never withdrawn from the community.’
      • ‘I tried to sound as friendly as possible but for some reason she withdrew into herself.’
      • ‘I survived because I withdrew into myself, became self-sufficient, adept at loneliness.’
      • ‘To avoid the pain of possible rejection, they simply withdraw from human contact and retreat behind a wall of isolation that they erect to keep people away.’
      • ‘These groups are constructed as communities apart, withdrawn from the mainstream.’
      • ‘Instead, like a snail dashed with salt, she withdraws from the community.’
      • ‘To avoid being hurt, we may withdraw from human contact or set up other barriers to communication.’
      • ‘Stopping dating or withdrawing from social life is not an ideal choice, especially for people who subscribe to the importance of marriage and relationships.’
      • ‘Otherwise, they become overly reactive to the negative emotions of others and may resort to aggression or withdraw from social contact.’
  • 3[no object] Cease to take an addictive drug.

    ‘for the cocaine user, it is possible to withdraw without medication’
    • ‘He used the drug to withdraw from heroin.’
    • ‘When the program started, there were six newly born babies withdrawing from drugs in the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.’
    • ‘She had withdrawn from heroin while in prison on remand and needed support to stop her relapsing.’
    • ‘The ‘Good Samaritans’ had helped him withdraw from heroin and given him financial help.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, they are made aware of the seriousness of their offences, while also being offered help to withdraw from drugs at an early stage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was guided by her doctor to withdraw from the steroid medication over a period of 4 months while taking the herbs.’
    • ‘Skillful management is needed when withdrawing pain medication and controlling the subsequent headache exacerbation.’
    • ‘In order to be put back on the straight again, he has to be incarcerated to hopefully be able to withdraw from the addiction.’
    • ‘The first step was shunning sugar and weaning herself from wheat, an experience Beals reckons is similar to the experience of withdrawing from drugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 association feared that the estimated 10 000 UK patients taking primidone had not been given enough time to withdraw from the drug safely.’
    • ‘When you stop smoking, the withdrawal from nicotine can be as difficult as withdrawing from heroin or cocaine.’
    • ‘Some people have said it's easier to withdraw from heroin than to kick the tobacco habit.’
    • ‘I was withdrawing from heroin and I was put into a cell, no T.V., no tobacco, nothing.’
    • ‘She added that she believes it was the pain of withdrawing from heroin which caused him to take his own life.’


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