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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: with 'from' + draw 'to pull'

withdraw

verb
     
with‧draw W2 past tense withdrew, past participle withdrawn
1

not take part

[intransitive and transitive] to stop taking part in an activity, belonging to an organization etc, or to make someone do this
withdraw from
A knee injury forced her to withdraw from the competition.
calls for Britain to withdraw from the European Union
withdraw something/somebody from something
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education lessons if they wish.
2

stop supporting

[transitive] to stop giving support or money to someone or something, especially as the result of an official decision:
One of the minority parties had withdrawn its support for Chancellor Kohl.
Union members will vote on whether to withdraw their labour (=stop working).
a government decision to withdraw funding
3

change your mind

[transitive] if you withdraw a threat, offer, request etc, you say that you no longer will do what you said:
After much persuasion he agreed to withdraw his resignation.
4

say something is not true

[transitive] formal if you withdraw a remark, criticism, statement etc, you say that what you said earlier was completely untrue [= retract]:
He refused to withdraw his remarks and was expelled from the Party.
The newspaper has agreed to withdraw its allegations.
5

product/service

[transitive] if a product or service is withdrawn, it is no longer offered for sale or use
withdraw something from sale/from the market
The drug has been withdrawn from the market for further tests.
6

leave a place

a) [intransitive and transitive] if an army withdraws, or if it is withdrawn, it leaves a place [= pull out]:
the USA's decision to withdraw 40,000 troops from western Europe
b) [intransitive] to leave a place, especially in order to be alone or go somewhere quiet
withdraw to
We withdrew to the garden for a private talk.
7

money

[transitive] to take money out of a bank account
withdraw something from something
I'd like to withdraw £500 from my current account.
8

move

[transitive] if you withdraw your hand, arm, finger etc from somewhere, you move it from there to where it was before:
Claudia withdrew her hand from his.
9

take out

[transitive] literary to take an object out from inside something
withdraw something from something
She withdrew a document from her briefcase.
10

stop communicating

[intransitive] to become quieter, less friendly, and only concerned about your own thoughts
withdraw into/from
Ralph has withdrawn from the other kids.
Many depressed people just withdraw into themselves.

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