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verb     withdraw pronunciation in British English
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    [intransitive/transitive] if an army withdraws or is withdrawn from a place, it leaves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    Government forces were withdrawn from the island yesterday.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.

  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    The bus service in many rural areas has been withdrawn.

    The drug had to be withdrawn because of its side effects.

    He has had his pilot’s licence withdrawn.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    Some parents have withdrawn their support from the school.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    Public funding is being withdrawn from the research project.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.

  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
    withdraw something from something:

    He withdrew the book from his pocket.

  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.

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