Definition of withdraw verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɪðˈdrɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈdrɔː//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθˈdrɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈdrɔː//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they withdraw
    BrE BrE//wɪðˈdrɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈdrɔː//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθˈdrɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈdrɔː//
    he / she / it withdraws
    BrE BrE//wɪðˈdrɔːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈdrɔːz//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθˈdrɔːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈdrɔːz//
    past simple withdrew
    BrE BrE//wɪðˈdruː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈdruː//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθˈdruː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈdruː//
    past participle withdrawn
    BrE BrE//wɪðˈdrɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈdrɔːn//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθˈdrɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈdrɔːn//
    -ing form withdrawing
    BrE BrE//wɪðˈdrɔːɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪðˈdrɔːɪŋ//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθˈdrɔːɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθˈdrɔːɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to move back or away from a place or situation; to make somebody/something do this synonym pull out (of something) (2) 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 somebody withdraw something Workers have threatened to withdraw their labour (= 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 Unless you return the form within seven days, the offer will be withdrawn. withdraw something from something The drug was withdrawn from sale after a number of people suffered serious side effects.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 somebody/something from doing these things withdraw (from something) There have been calls for Britain to withdraw from the EU. 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 withdraw somebody/something (from something) The horse had been withdrawn from the race.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. CollocationsFinanceIncome earn money/​cash/(informal) a fortune make money/​a fortune/(informal) a killing on the stock market acquire/​inherit/​amass wealth/​a fortune build up funds/​savings get/​receive/​leave (somebody) an inheritance/​a legacy live on a low wage/​a fixed income/​a pension get/​receive/​draw/​collect a pension depend/​be dependent on (British English) benefits/(North American English) welfare/​social securityExpenditure spend money/​your savings/(informal) a fortune on… invest/​put your savings in… throw away/​waste/ (informal) shell out money on… lose your money/​inheritance/​pension use up/ (informal) wipe out all your savings pay (in) cash use/​pay by a credit/​debit card pay by/​make out a/​write somebody a/​accept a (British English) cheque/(US English) check change/​exchange money/​currency/(British English) traveller’s cheques/(US English) traveler’s checks give/​pay/​leave (somebody) a depositBanks have/​hold/​open/​close/​freeze a bank account/​an account credit/​debit/​pay something into/​take money out of your account deposit money/​funds in your account withdraw money/​cash/£30 from an ATM, etc. (formal) make a deposit/​withdrawal find/​go to/​use (especially North American English) an ATM/(British English) a cash machine/​dispenser be in credit/​in debit/​in the black/​in the red/​overdrawnPersonal finance manage/​handle/​plan/​run/ (especially British English) sort out your finances plan/​manage/​work out/​stick to a budget offer/​extend credit (to somebody) arrange/​take out a loan/​an overdraft pay back/​repay money/​a loan/​a debt pay for something in (especially British English) instalments/(usually North American English) installmentsFinancial difficulties get into debt/​financial difficulties be short of/ (informal) be strapped for cash run out of/​owe money face/​get/ (informal) be landed with a bill for £… can’t afford the cost of…/payments/​rent fall behind with/ (especially North American English) fall behind on the mortgage/​repayments/​rent incur/​run up/​accumulate debts tackle/​reduce/​settle your debts See related entries: Banking
  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.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from the prefix with- ‘away’ + the verb draw.Extra examples He eventually withdrew in favour of Blair, thought to be the more popular candidate. He was forced to withdraw from the competition due to injury. Last night he unconditionally withdrew his comments. She formally withdrew her resignation. She hastily withdrew her hand from his. She withdrew into her own world. The US formally withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty. The government has agreed to withdraw its troops. The troops were forced to withdraw to their own borders. They threatened to withdraw their support from the government. Two thousand troops were withdrawn from the battle zone. the decision to unilaterally withdraw from the occupied territories He always withdrew to his study after dinner. I’d like to withdraw £250, please.
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