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  Definition of Withdraw
  1. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc. or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the envir
  2. keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"
  3. take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words"
  4. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity; "We''ll have to crawfish out from meeting with him"; "He backed out of his earlier promise"; "The aggressive investment company pulled in its horns"
  5. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"
  6. lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died"
  7. pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
  8. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital''s emergency bank"
  9. cause to be returned; "recall the defective auto tires"; "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"
  10. withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess"
  11. retire gracefully; "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"
  12. break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"
Similar Words: remove, take, take away, seclude, sequester, sequestrate, swallow, take back, unsay, retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, disengage, retire, pull away, draw back, recede, move back, draw, take out, draw off, recall, call in, call back, bow out, adjourn


See Also: subtract, deduct, take off


Hyponyms: epilate, depilate, harvest, tip, stem, extirpate, enucleate, exenterate, decorticate, bail, strip, undress, divest, disinvest, ablate, clean, pick, winnow, unbrace, clear, clear up, muck, lift, tear away, tear off, take off, take away, take out, pit, stone, seed, unhinge, shuck, hull, crumb, chip away, chip away at, burl, knock out, scavenge, hypophysectomize, hypophysectomise, degas, husk, shell, bur, burr, clear off, clear away, flick, dismantle, defang, bone, debone, disembowel, eviscerate, draw, tusk, detusk, dehorn, scalp, weed, condense, bail out, bale out, leach, decalcify, detoxify, detoxicate, de-ionate, de-iodinate, decarbonize, decarbonise, decarburize, decarburise, decoke, delouse, ream, brush, wash, wash out, wash off, wash away, desorb, pull, demineralize, demineralise, eliminate, expectorate, clear out, drive out, defuse, dredge, wear away, wear off, amputate, cut off, resect, skim, skim off, cream off, cream, scale, descale, circumcise, undock, dig, delve, cut into, turn over, excavate, hollow, scoop, scoop out, lift out, scoop up, take up, extract, pull out, pull up, draw out, unstring, string, wipe off, wipe away, bear off, bear away, carry away, carry off, unveil, unpack, unburden, disburden, empty, discharge, unsaddle, offsaddle, shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, drop, dislodge, free, aspirate, draw in, suck in, delete, cancel, ladle, lade, laden, spoon, gut, head, draw off, draw away, pull off, get out, unlock, chicken out, back off, back down, bow out, recede, fall back, retire, back up, cheque, check out, divert, hive off, overdraw, tap, decommission, prorogue


Grouped Verbs: adjourn, retire, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, move back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns, draw, take out, bow out, seclude, sequester, sequestrate


Entailments: meet, gather, assemble, forgather, foregather


Derivational Morphology: withdrawal, removal, remotion, remover, withdrawer, segregation, sequestration, seclusion, backdown, climb-down, detachment, disengagement, pullback, receding, recession, drawee, drawer, recall, callback, secession, retirement, retiree, retired person, adjournment


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