Withdraw Definition

wĭth-drô, wĭth-
withdrawing, withdrawn, withdraws, withdrew
withdrawing, withdrawn, withdraws, withdrew
To take back or draw back; remove.
Webster's New World
To cause to leave or return.
The government withdrew its diplomats from the capital.
American Heritage
To remove (money) from an account.
American Heritage
To retreat from reality, as in schizophrenia.
Webster's New World
To turn away (one's gaze, for example).
American Heritage

Origin of Withdraw

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English withdrawen with away from with drawen to pull draw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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