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From Middle English withdrawen (to draw away, draw back), from with- (away, back) + drawen (to draw). More at with-, draw.


  • IPA(key): /wɪðˈdɹɔː/, /wɪθˈdɹɔː/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː


withdraw (third-person singular simple present withdraws, present participle withdrawing, simple past withdrew, past participle withdrawn)

  1. (transitive) To pull (something) back, aside, or away.
  2. (intransitive) To stop talking to, or interacting with, other people and start thinking thoughts that are not related to what is happening around.
  3. (transitive) To take back (a comment, etc); retract.
    to withdraw false charges
  4. (transitive) To remove, to stop providing (one's support, etc); to take out of service.
    • 2019 October, Rhodri Clark, “TfW seeks PRM derogation for Class 37 sets”, in Modern Railways, page 87:
      The plan is to withdraw the Pacers from service by the end of the year.
  5. (transitive) To extract (money from an account).
  6. (intransitive) To retreat.
  7. (intransitive) To be in withdrawal from an addictive drug etc. [from 20th c.]
    • 1994, Edward St Aubyn, Bad News, 2006 edition, Picador, page 201:
      Simon had tried to rob a bank while he was withdrawing, but he had been forced to surrender to the police after they had fired several volleys at him.


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