Definition of withdraw in English:



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

    ‘Ruth withdrew her hand from his’
    ‘she prised open the lid and withdrew a slim diamond ring’
    • ‘Slowly, I withdrew my hand and rolled over - to my side of the bed.’
    • ‘Cassie slowly withdrew her foot watching Darla writhe in the seat.’
    • ‘He paused when he reached the right position and withdrew a small amount of clear fluid.’
    • ‘Instead he withdrew the weapon slowly and thrust it into Malek's stomach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I slowly played a few random notes but stopped abruptly and withdrew my hand.’
    • ‘The blade was withdrawn, and Dragonis slowly fell to the ground.’
    • ‘When he finally had him seated, and calm, Juan turned his back to Miguel and slowly withdrew the gun from under his coat.’
    • ‘‘Slowly withdraw the key and place it on the ground,’ Sheldon directed.’
    • ‘The needle is withdrawn, slowly, with slight pressure pulling back on the syringe.’
    • ‘Slowly, he withdrew five photograph frames and gazed into them while lying down on the couch on his back.’
    • ‘Slowly, Matt withdrew both his hands, but he didn't stop kissing her.’
    • ‘Slowly, the woman withdrew her hands and face from him.’
    • ‘Slowly, the assassin withdrew the long blade from his red holster.’
    • ‘Kuja slowly withdrew her sword, a look of great dislike on her face.’
    • ‘Ana didn't reply right away; her hands froze in the drawer and slowly she withdrew them, still staring at Lily.’
    • ‘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    • ‘In fact the smog lifted about 10 years ago, after ageing fleets of cars and buses were withdrawn and industries were removed from the centre.’
    remove, extract, draw out, pull out, take out
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    1. 1.1Take (money) out of an account.
      ‘normally you can withdraw up to £50 in cash’
      • ‘But what Tess didn't realize is I had been watching her, I had been watching how money was withdrawn from my bank account.’
      • ‘The company has admitted withdrawing money from her account, by mistake, twice in the last two months’
      • ‘That means, for example, account holders can withdraw money only to pay for a home, business or college education.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It doesn't say anything about what you can do with that proof, like withdraw money from an account, or enter a country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For customers wishing to set up payment by direct debit, the money is withdrawn from their account on the 15th of every month.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In December 2003 Mrs Hill sent a cheque for her council tax and the money was withdrawn from her bank account.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The government wants those assets to grow too because the tax deferral ends when the money is withdrawn from the 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For example, New York penalizes investors who withdraw money if their accounts have not been open for at least three years.’
      take out, draw out
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    2. 1.2[no object](of a man) practise 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’
    • ‘In the end, I gracefully withdrew myself from the situation, chalking it up to an idea before its time.’
    • ‘Other commentators have called for British troops to be withdrawn.’
    • ‘The question is no longer if American forces will be withdrawn, but how soon - and at what cost.’
    • ‘A Syrian-Lebanese military committee is due to meet next week to set a timeline for withdrawing the 8,000 remaining forces.’
    • ‘In June, they announced that forces would be withdrawn in 2006, but only to be transferred to Afghanistan.’
    • ‘British and American officials today tried to end speculation that large numbers of troops could be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as next year.’
    • ‘The government has agreed to withdraw some of its forces following the handover of weapons.’
    • ‘The main forces to be withdrawn from Europe are two heavy divisions based in Germany.’
    • ‘On June 15, Thailand announced that its contingent of 450 troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by September 20.’
    • ‘Are you worried that the U.S. military may have to withdraw some of those forces in order to deal with Iraq?’
    • ‘And yet yesterday they found themselves marching alongside those who demand that American and British troops should be immediately withdrawn from his borders.’
    • ‘The Philippines withdrew its 51 troops to secure the release of lorry driver Angelo de la Cruz last month.’
    • ‘However, no troops have been withdrawn from the province, operations continue and the media remains under tight control.’
    • ‘U.S. troops would be withdrawn into fortified compounds on the outskirts of the cities.’
    • ‘Last night Mr Assad told Time magazine that Syrian troops could be withdrawn within six months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cuban troops were to be withdrawn and a reluctant Savimbi was forced to the negotiating table.’
    • ‘Despite a major offensive in 1972, US forces had been withdrawn by May.’
    • ‘How quickly should Syria withdraw all of its forces from Lebanon?’
    leave, pull out of, move out of, evacuate, quit, retire from, retreat from, pull back from
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    1. 2.1[no 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’
      • ‘The Bush administration withdrew from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty with Russia in 2002.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He conceded that the decision of Jessica Kurten to withdraw from the team had proven costly.’
      • ‘Last week, the four Berlin universities and three of the four advanced technical colleges also withdrew from the local government employers' association.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, she believes that the government should not withdraw altogether from economic activity.’
      • ‘The Khmer Rouge withdrew from the process and then attacked it.’
      • ‘Party members pressured Essis to withdraw from the race, but he refused to do so.’
      • ‘Fallows does not expect any other teams to withdraw from the competition as a result of Army or RAF call ups.’
      • ‘One party, whose members believe Britain should withdraw from the EU, is expected to make huge gains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Virtually the whole first team squad have withdrawn from the meaningless friendlies.’
      • ‘McGrath has withdrawn from the team for the one day matches in order to receive treatment and possibly have an operation.’
      • ‘This led to many other teams withdrawing from the competition and only 96 of the original 189 competitors finished the race.’
      • ‘Singapore withdrew from the Federation on August 9, 1965, and became an independent republic.’
      • ‘Death threats, allegedly from a Loyalist paramilitary group, forced Northern Ireland soccer star Neil Lennon, a Catholic, to withdraw from the international team.’
      • ‘When the Conservative party withdrew from Lloyd George's coalition in 1922, he immediately resigned and was never a serious force again.’
      • ‘However, both forfeited their chances of overall victory when their team withdrew later that evening, fearing further incidents.’
      • ‘Ellis had already withdrawn from the Leicester team because of an Achilles tendon injury and he must also be in doubt for Saturday.’
      • ‘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, during the course of the study, two participating faculty members withdrew.’
      pull out of, back out of, beg off, bow out of, scratch from
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    2. 2.2[with object]Prevent (someone) from participating in an activity.
      ‘patients were withdrawn from therapy when they had been depression-free for a month’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Racegoers thought the trainer might even be about to withdraw him.’
      • ‘Edinburgh seemed resigned to their fate, especially when Simon Taylor was withdrawn ten minutes from the end.’
      • ‘They told him the bad news and withdrew him from the side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite a good attendance record, he was withdrawn by teachers from all his GCSE exams.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, this is wrong and I am not surprised that his mother is thinking of withdrawing him from school.’
      • ‘As a result the circus withdrew Annie for a day while an investigation was carried out.’
      • ‘But he was withdrawn by teachers from his GCSEs and left on 20 July 2003 with a GNVQ in business studies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, eventually, for those reasons, Johnson withdrew him, because it became an ethical concern.’
      • ‘Williamson, fearful he would be sent off, withdrew him after an early booking left him playing on the brink of a red card.’
      • ‘She was withdrawn out of courtesy to her precarious state.’
  • 3[no object] Depart to another place in search of quiet or privacy.

    ‘they withdrew to their rooms for a siesta’
    • ‘Living reclusively in a rented cottage in nearby Nunnington, they have both withdrawn from community life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upon receiving this recognition, he left the East Mountain community and withdrew into solitude.’
    • ‘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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    1. 3.1Retreat from contact or communication with other people.
      ‘he went silent and withdrew into himself’
      • ‘These groups are constructed as communities apart, withdrawn from the mainstream.’
      • ‘Fusco was traumatised for life by injustices and violence, became mute and, after a violent crisis, completely withdrew into himself.’
      • ‘He withdrew into himself and drank heavily, eventually joining AA.’
      • ‘Otherwise, they become overly reactive to the negative emotions of others and may resort to aggression or withdraw from social contact.’
      • ‘He withdrew into himself and spoke to no one about his feelings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To avoid being hurt, we may withdraw from human contact or set up other barriers to communication.’
      • ‘Some children with autism withdraw from physical contact with other people and do not make eye contact.’
      • ‘I tried to sound as friendly as possible but for some reason she withdrew into herself.’
      • ‘Some of us have never withdrawn from the community.’
      • ‘Stopping dating or withdrawing from social life is not an ideal choice, especially for people who subscribe to the importance of marriage and relationships.’
      • ‘Instead, like a snail dashed with salt, she withdraws from the community.’
      • ‘There are a number of elderly people in the community who totally withdraw from social contact exclusively due to their hearing.’
      • ‘Because of the rifts between the students, Mellisa, who felt that she hadn't many friends, withdrew into herself.’
      • ‘Royal Hobart Hospital director of medical services Dr Helen McArdle said the worker has withdrawn from patient contact.’
  • 4Discontinue or no longer provide (something previously supplied or offered)

    ‘the party threatened to withdraw its support for the government’
    • ‘The plans included a reduction in the number of bedrooms from a previous application which was withdrawn in August last year.’
    • ‘Lastly, Mr. Robinson points out the offer to settle was withdrawn by the defendants and, therefore is not relevant.’
    • ‘A charge of possession with intent to supply was withdrawn.’
    • ‘The latest offer withdrew an earlier demand by the company to immediately lay off 36 workers.’
    • ‘Talks had broken off a week earlier when pilots left the bargaining table and the airline withdrew their most recent offer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Management had threatened to withdraw the offer if the workers had not accepted it by August 11.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They tell us bus fares are going up and buses are being withdrawn to provide a better service for passengers.’
    • ‘She has been transformed into a totally ‘normal’ 6 year old, and her parents are slowly withdrawing the fluoxetine.’
    • ‘However the provision of facilities to recycle cans and paper products previously available have been withdrawn from the public.’
    • ‘He also confirmed that a second charge of behaving in an aggressive and threatening manner had been withdrawn.’
    • ‘Then on Tuesday, they were told the offers had been withdrawn.’
    • ‘One service, which had previously been withdrawn because of problems, had been restored.’
    • ‘Bareis was appalled by the painting and withdrew his $300 offer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suprofen, an arthritis drug, was withdrawn from the market when patients suffered kidney toxicity.’
    • ‘It was on the basis of that position that we withdrew our support for this bill.’
    • ‘The stock market correctly has withdrawn itself, has pulled back because of that slowdown to lower valuation points.’
    • ‘But shortly afterwards they wrote to him informing him that the job offer 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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    1. 4.1Say that (a statement one has made) is untrue or unjustified.
      ‘he failed to withdraw his remarks and apologize’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Witnesses in criminal proceedings against these people are being intimidated, so they do not make any statements or withdraw those already made.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brian had recently made, and subsequently withdrawn, a statement alleging intimidation at work.’
      • ‘Pat Daly said the remark had been withdrawn and there was now nothing for which to apologise.’
      • ‘You will withdraw that statement!’
      • ‘The Listener withdraws those remarks and apologises to the club and its members.’
      • ‘We call on you to immediately withdraw your cruel and defamatory statements made against our client.’
      • ‘The Treasurer is right: the remark must be withdrawn if it is unparliamentary and offensive.’
      • ‘If he is not representing your position correctly he should withdraw his statement.’
      • ‘The remarks were later withdrawn when Irish inflation abated.’
      retract, take back, unsay, go back on, recall, recant, disavow, disclaim, abjure, repudiate, renounce
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  • 5[no object] Cease to take an addictive drug.

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


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