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Meaning & Definition of Withdraw in English

English

Withdraw

/wɪðdrɔ/

verb

1. Pull back or move away or backward

  • "The enemy withdrew"
  • "The limo pulled away from the curb"
    synonym:
  • withdraw
  • ,
  • retreat
  • ,
  • pull away
  • ,
  • draw back
  • ,
  • recede
  • ,
  • pull back
  • ,
  • retire
  • ,
  • move back

2. Withdraw from active participation

  • "He retired from chess"
    synonym:
  • retire
  • ,
  • withdraw

3. Release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles

  • "I want to disengage myself from his influence"
  • "Disengage the gears"
    synonym:
  • disengage
  • ,
  • withdraw

4. Cause to be returned

  • "Recall the defective auto tires"
  • "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"
    synonym:
  • recall
  • ,
  • call in
  • ,
  • call back
  • ,
  • withdraw

5. Take back what one has said

  • "He swallowed his words"
    synonym:
  • swallow
  • ,
  • take back
  • ,
  • unsay
  • ,
  • withdraw

6. Keep away from others

  • "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"
    synonym:
  • seclude
  • ,
  • sequester
  • ,
  • sequestrate
  • ,
  • withdraw

7. Break from a meeting or gathering

  • "We adjourned for lunch"
  • "The men retired to the library"
    synonym:
  • adjourn
  • ,
  • withdraw
  • ,
  • retire

8. Retire gracefully

  • "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"
    synonym:
  • bow out
  • ,
  • withdraw

9. Remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

  • "She drew $2,000 from the account"
  • "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"
    synonym:
  • withdraw
  • ,
  • draw
  • ,
  • take out
  • ,
  • draw off

10. Lose interest

  • "He retired from life when his wife died"
    synonym:
  • retire
  • ,
  • withdraw

11. Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

  • "We'll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"
  • "He backed out of his earlier promise"
  • "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
    synonym:
  • retreat
  • ,
  • pull back
  • ,
  • back out
  • ,
  • back away
  • ,
  • crawfish
  • ,
  • crawfish out
  • ,
  • pull in one's horns
  • ,
  • withdraw

12. Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

  • "Remove a threat"
  • "Remove a wrapper"
  • "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"
  • "Take the gun from your pocket"
  • "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
    synonym:
  • remove
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • take away
  • ,
  • withdraw

Examples of using

Many people use cash machines to withdraw money.