from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take back or away; remove.
- transitive v. To remove (money) from an account.
- transitive v. To turn away (one's gaze, for example).
- transitive v. To draw aside: withdrew the curtain.
- transitive v. To remove from consideration or participation: withdrew her application; withdrew his son from the race.
- transitive v. To recall or retract: withdrew the accusation.
- intransitive v. To move or draw back; retire.
- intransitive v. To retreat from a battlefield.
- intransitive v. To remove oneself from active participation: withdrew from the competition.
- intransitive v. To become detached from social or emotional involvement.
- intransitive v. To recall or remove a motion from consideration in parliamentary procedure.
- intransitive v. To discontinue the use of an addictive substance.
- intransitive v. To adjust physiologically and mentally to this discontinuation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pull (something) back, aside, or away.
- v. To take back (a comment, etc).
- v. To remove, to stop providing (one's support, etc).
- v. To extract (money from an account).
- v. To retreat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take back or away, as what has been bestowed or enjoyed; to draw back; to cause to move away or retire.
- transitive v. To take back; to recall or retract.
- intransitive v. To retire; to retreat; to quit a company or place; to go away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw back, aside, or away; take back; remove.
- To recall; retract: as, to withdraw a charge, a threat, or a vow.
- To divert, as from use or from some accustomed channel.
- To take out; subtract.
- The word is often used reflexively.
- To retire; go away; step backward or aside; retreat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. withdraw from active participation
- v. retire gracefully
- v. cause to be returned
- v. pull back or move away or backward
- v. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
- v. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
- v. lose interest
- v. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
- v. break from a meeting or gathering
- v. take back what one has said
- v. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
- v. keep away from others
Middle English withdrawen : with, away from; see with + drawen, to pull; see draw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English withdrawen ("to draw away, draw back"), from with- ("away, back") + drawen ("to draw"). More at with-, draw. (Wiktionary)