Definition of


  1. (verb, change) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    remove a wrapper
    Remove the dirty dishes from the table
    take the gun from your pocket
    This machine withdraws heat from the environment
  2. (verb, change) keep away from others
  3. (verb, communication) take back what one has said
  4. (verb, communication) make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
    He backed out of his earlier promise
    The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns
  5. (verb, contact) release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
    disengage the gears
  6. (verb, emotion) lose interest
  7. (verb, motion) pull back or move away or backward
    The limo pulled away from the curb
  8. (verb, possession) remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
    The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank
  9. (verb, possession) cause to be returned
    The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt
  10. (verb, social) withdraw from active participation
  11. (verb, social) retire gracefully
  12. (verb, social) break from a meeting or gathering
    The men retired to the library

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Antonyms of Withdraw


Alternate forms of Withdraw

Derivations: withdrawal, withdrawer

Hyponyms: ablate, amputate, aspirate, back down, back off, back up, bail, bail out, bale out, bear away, bear off, bone, bow out, brush, bur, burl, burr, cancel, carry away, carry off, carve out, cast, cast off, check out, cheque, chicken out, chip away, chip away at, circumcise, clean, clear, clear away, clear off, clear out, clear up, condense, cream, cream off, crumb, cut into, cut off, de-iodinate, de-ionate, debone, decalcify, decarbonise, decarbonize, decarburise, decarburize, decoke, decommission, decorticate, defang, defuse, degas, dehorn, delete, delouse, delve, demineralise, demineralize, depilate, descale, desorb, detoxicate, detoxify, detusk, dig, dip, disburden, discharge, disembowel, disinvest, dislodge, dismantle, divert, divest, draw, draw away, draw off, draw out, dredge, drive out, drop, drop out, eliminate, empty, enucleate, epilate, eviscerate, excavate, exenterate, expectorate, extirpate, extract, fall back, flick, free, get out, gut, harvest, head, hive off, hollow, hull, husk, hypophysectomise, hypophysectomize, knock out, lade, laden, ladle, leach, lift, lift out, muck, offsaddle, overdraw, pick, pit, prorogue, pull, pull off, pull out, pull up, ream, resect, retreat, retrograde, scale, scalp, scavenge, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, seed, shake off, shed, shell, shuck, skim, skim off, spoon, stem, stone, string, strip, suck out, take away, take off, take out, take up, tap, tear away, tear off, throw, throw away, throw off, tip, turn over, tusk, unburden, undock, undress, unhinge, unlock, unpack, unsaddle, unstring, unveil, wash, wash away, wash off, wash out, wear away, wear off, weed, winnow, wipe away, wipe off, withdraw

Hypernyms: cease, close, close down, close up, discontinue, disown, fatigue, fold, give up, go, insulate, isolate, jade, lay off, let go, let go of, locomote, move, pall, quit, release, relinquish, remove, renounce, repudiate, retire, shut down, stop, take, take away, tire, travel, weary, withdraw

Origin of the word Withdraw

  1. early 13c., "to take back," from with "away" + drawen "to draw," possibly a loan-translation of L. retrahere "to retract." Sense of "to remove oneself" is recorded from c.1300. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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