An example of to withdraw is to take $50 out of a checking account.
- to take back or draw back; remove
- to remove from use, consideration, etc.
- to retract or recall (a statement, etc.)
Origin of withdrawMiddle English withdrawen: see with- and amp; draw
- to move back; go away; retreat
- to remove oneself (from an organization, activity, society, etc.)
- Psychiatry to retreat from reality, as in schizophrenia
- in parliamentary procedure, to retract a motion, statement, etc.
verbwith·drew , with·drawn , with·draw·ing, with·draws
- a. To take back or away; remove: withdrew his hand from the cookie jar.b. To cause to leave or return: The government withdrew its diplomats from the capital.c. To remove (money) from an account.d. To turn away (one's gaze, for example).e. To draw aside: withdrew the curtain.
- a. To remove from consideration or participation: withdrew her application; withdrew his son from the race.b. To recall or retract: withdrew the accusation.
- a. To move or draw back; retire: The lawyers withdrew to the judge's chambers.b. To leave or return, as from a military position.
- a. To remove oneself from active participation: withdrew from the competition.b. To become detached from social or emotional involvement: After the snubbing, he withdrew into a shell.
- To recall or remove a motion from consideration in parliamentary procedure.
- a. To discontinue the use of an addictive substance.b. To adjust physiologically and mentally to this discontinuation.
Origin of withdrawMiddle English withdrawen : with, away from; see with + drawen, to pull; see draw.
(third-person singular simple present withdraws, present participle withdrawing, simple past withdrew, past participle withdrawn)
From Middle English withdrawen (“to draw away, draw back"), from with- (“away, back") + drawen (“to draw"). More at with-, draw.