Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[with-draw, with-] /wɪðˈdrɔ, wɪθ-/
verb (used with object), withdrew, withdrawn, withdrawing.
to draw back, away, or aside; take back; remove:
She withdrew her hand from his. He withdrew his savings from the bank.
to retract or recall:
to withdraw an untrue charge.
to cause (a person) to undergo withdrawal from addiction to a substance.
verb (used without object), withdrew, withdrawn, withdrawing.
to go or move back, away, or aside; retire; retreat:
to withdraw from the room.
to remove oneself from some activity, competition, etc.:
He withdrew before I could nominate him.
to cease using or consuming an addictive narcotic (followed by from):
to withdraw from heroin.
Parliamentary Procedure. to remove an amendment, motion, etc., from consideration.
1175-1225; Middle English withdrawen. See with-, draw
Related forms
withdrawable, adjective
withdrawer, noun
withdrawingness, noun
nonwithdrawable, adjective
unwithdrawable, adjective
unwithdrawing, adjective
2. revoke, rescind, disavow. 4. See depart. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for withdraws
  • Migration: withdraws in winter from northern portion of range.
  • Willy withdraws some of his college savings to pay the race's entry fee.
  • The normally social wasp withdraws from its colony, and starts to act recklessly.
  • If the government withdraws support too early, a return to economic decline or even panic could follow.
  • Unless he withdraws that support, the only route that could topple the prime minister would seem to run through the courts.
  • When times get tough, the parent tree withdraws all support and the seedlings perish, turning brown.
  • He has to pay income taxes only on the amount he withdraws every year.
  • He simultaneously seduces and withdraws, flirts and forbids.
  • If your lawyer withdraws from the case, you must decide whether to hire another or represent yourself.
  • Your license may also be taken away if your parent or guardian withdraws their permission for you to drive.
British Dictionary definitions for withdraws


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew, -drawn
(transitive) to take or draw back or away; remove
(transitive) to remove from deposit or investment in a bank, building society, etc
(transitive) to retract or recall (a statement, promise, etc)
(intransitive) to retire or retreat: the troops withdrew
(intransitive) often foll by from. to back out (of) or depart (from): he withdrew from public life
(intransitive) to detach oneself socially, emotionally, or mentally
Derived Forms
withdrawable, adjective
withdrawer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from with (in the sense: away from) + draw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for withdraws



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for withdraw

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for withdraws

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with withdraws