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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
with•draw /wɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-/USA pronunciation
v., -drew, -drawn, -draw•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to draw back, away, to the side, or aside: [~ + object]The general withdrew his army.[no object]He withdrew to another room.
- to remove, retract, or recall[~ + object]I withdraw my objection to your proposal.
- to remove oneself from participation, as in an activity: [no object]He withdrew from the contest.[~ + object]He withdrew himself from the contest.
- [~ + object] to take (money) from a place of deposit.
(wiᵺ drô′, with-), v., -drew, -drawn, -draw•ing.
- to draw back, away, or aside;
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.
- 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 (fol. by from):to withdraw from heroin.
- Government[Parl. Proc.]to remove an amendment, motion, etc., from consideration.
2 . revoke, rescind, disavow. 4 . See depart.
- Middle English withdrawen. See with-, draw 1175–1225
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
withdraw /wɪðˈdrɔː/ vb ( -draws, -drawing, -drew, -drawn)
Etymology: 13th Century: from with (in the sense: away from) + drawwithˈdrawable adj withˈdrawer n
- (transitive) to take or draw back or away; remove
- (transitive) to remove from deposit or investment in a bank, building society, etc
- (transitive) to retract or recall (a statement, promise, etc)
- (intransitive) to retire or retreat: the troops withdrew
- (intransitive) to detach oneself socially, emotionally, or mentally
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