Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

withdraw - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb withdraw pronunciation in British English /wɪðˈdrɔː/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewithdrawing
past tensewithdrew
past participlewithdrawn
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to no longer take part in something, or to stop someone or something from taking part
    Two candidates threatened to withdraw.
    withdraw from: The injury has forced him to withdraw from the competition.
    withdraw someone/something from something: The party withdrew their candidate from the election.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if an army withdraws or is withdrawn from a place, it leaves
    withdraw from: The troops began to withdraw from the northern region.
    withdraw someone/something from something: Government forces were withdrawn from the island yesterday.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] formal to leave a place or person
      After lunch they withdrew to their own rooms.
      She withdrew into a corner.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to take money from a bank account
    withdraw cash/money/savings: You can withdraw cash at any of our branches.
    Synonyms and related words
  4. 4
    [transitive] to take something back, or to stop providing something
    The bus service in many rural areas has been withdrawn.
    The drug had to be withdrawn because of its side effects.
    He has had his pilot’s licence withdrawn.
    withdraw your support: Some parents have withdrawn their support from the school.
    withdraw funding/subsidies/sponsorship: Public funding is being withdrawn from the research project.
    withdraw something from sale/the market: We are withdrawing the product from sale.
    1. a.
      if you withdraw permission or an invitation or an offer, you say that it is no longer available
      Her invitation to the press conference was later withdrawn.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to say that something you said earlier is not in fact true, especially when you want people to forget that you said it
    withdraw a remark/an objection/an allegation: He withdrew his remarks and apologized.
    withdraw your resignation (=agree to stay in your job): We persuaded her to withdraw her resignation.
  6. 6
    [transitive] formal to take something out of something else
    She opened the drawer and withdrew a large envelope.
    withdraw something from something: He withdrew the book from his pocket.
    Synonyms and related words
  7. 7
    [intransitive] to behave as if you want to be alone
    withdraw into your shell/a world of your own: When people got angry, she withdrew into her shell.



… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

Mardi Gras

shrove tuesday

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog