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Definition of withdraw verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//wɪðˈdrɔ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they withdraw
    he / she / it withdraws
    past simple withdrew
    past participle withdrawn
    -ing form withdrawing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move back or away from a place or situation; to make someone or something do this synonym pull out Government troops were forced to withdraw. withdraw (somebody/something) (from something) Both powers withdrew their forces from the region. She withdrew her hand from his.
  2. 2[transitive] to stop giving or offering something to someone withdraw something Workers have threatened to withdraw their labor (= go on strike). He withdrew his support for our campaign. Unless you return the form within seven days, the offer will be withdrawn. withdraw something from something The drug was withdrawn from sale after a number of people suffered serious side effects.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to stop taking part in an activity or being a member of an organization; to stop someone or something from doing these things withdraw (from something) There have been calls for the candidate to withdraw from the presidential race. He was forced to withdraw from the competition because of injury. withdraw somebody/something (from something) The horse had been withdrawn from the race.
  4. 4[transitive] withdraw something (from something) to take money out of a bank account I'd like to withdraw $250, please.
  5. 5[transitive] withdraw something (formal) to say that you no longer believe that something you previously said is true synonym retract The newspaper withdrew the allegations the next day.
  6. 6[intransitive] withdraw (from something) (into something/yourself) to become quieter and spend less time with other people She's beginning to withdraw into herself.
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