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Definition of the verb withdraw

What does withdraw mean as a doing word?

Withdraw is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. pull back or move away or backward
  2. withdraw from active participation
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]He resignedVerbs of Removing: abdicate, depart, leave, quit, renounce, resign, retire, vacate
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]I resigned my position
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source, not sentential clause]I resigned from the military
      [Agent - animate organization] [Verb]He backed out | He withdrewWithdraw Verbs: pull away, retire, retreat
      [Agent - animate organization] [Verb] from [Source]He got away from the area | He withdrew from the trip
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of withdraw: retire
    • more generic terms: cease / discontinue / give up / lay off / quit / stop = put an end to a state or an activity
    • more specific term: drop out = withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values
  3. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
  4. cause to be returned
  5. take back what one has said
  6. keep away from others
  7. break from a meeting or gathering
  8. retire gracefully
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of withdraw: bow out
    • more generic word: retire = go into retirement
  9. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of withdraw: draw / draw off / take out
    • antonym of withdraw: deposit
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    • more specific terms:
      • check out / cheque = withdraw money by writing a check
      • dip = take a small amount from
      • hive off / divert = withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions
      • overdraw = draw more money from than is available
      • tap = draw from or dip into to get something
      • disinvest / divest = reduce or dispose of
  10. lose interest
  11. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
  12. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Alternative definition of the verb withdraw


  1. [transitive] To pull (something) back.
  2. [transitive] To take back (a comment, etc).
  3. [transitive] To remove, to stop providing (one's support, etc).
  4. [transitive] To extract (money from an account).
  5. [intransitive] To retreat.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Withdraw

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Google previewTime Charters (2014)

by Terence Coghlin, Andrew Baker, Julian Kenny, John Kimball, Tom Belknap

The right to withdraw is a right to terminate the charter. The same right is also included in all the standard forms of time charter. It reÀects the importance to the owners of the regular receipt of hire. Also in the Tankexpress case, above, Lord ...

Google previewGender Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse (2005)

A Comprehensive Approach by John Hamel, LCSW

DEMAND–WITHDRAW is a communication dynamic that Babcock and associates (1993) identified among couples with a violent husband, in which one person issues a complaint or asks for something in a demanding fashion. Rather than ...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Economics and the Law (2014)

by Eyal Zamir, Doron Teichman

Indeed, a right to withdraw is a mandatory rule—only one targeting the contracting process, rather than the terms of the contract. Viewed in this light, a right to withdraw can be quite paternalistic. A less paternalistic alternative would set a right ...

Google previewPractical Common Lisp (2006)

by Peter Seibel

This method will apply whenever the first argument to withdraw is an instance of bank-account. The second parameter ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

withdraw (draw away, retire); etc. WITH, n.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of NATO and Other International Security Organizations (2008)

by Marco Rimanelli

By late December 1965, de Gaulle had cast France in a more independent role between the superpowers by pushing them to withdraw from Europe, while maximizing French global status and influence by breaking from NATO. In February ...

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)


zurücknehmen–zurückziehen Berufung ~ | to withdraw the appeal || se désister de l'appel | eine Beleidigung ~ | to retract an insult (an offense) || rétracter une insulte (une offense) | eine Entscheidung ~ | to withdraw (to rescind) (to set ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1995)

Volume 52 - Solid-Liquid Separation: Clarifiers and Thickeners Selection to Specific Gravity and Specific Heats by John J. McKetta Jr

The SPD will withdraw it first favored vertical flow stream and then move outward in ever- increasing concentric circles. The vibratory action transmitted to the material by the peripheral drawdown skirt at the unit inlet induces the sloughing in ...

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Usage statistics about withdraw

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Quotes about Withdraw

We are more wicked together than separately. If you are forced to be in a crowd, then most of all you should withdraw into yourself. (Seneca)
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Scrabble value of W4I1T1H4D2R1A1W4

The value of this 8-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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