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Definition of 'withdraw'


  1. pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"
       Synonyms: retreat pull away draw back recede pull back retire move back
  2. withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess"
       Synonyms: retire
  3. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"
       Synonyms: disengage
       Antonyms: engage mesh lock operate
  4. cause to be returned; "recall the defective auto tires"; "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"
       Synonyms: recall call in call back
  5. take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words"
       Synonyms: swallow take back unsay
  6. keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"
       Synonyms: seclude sequester sequestrate
  7. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, 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 environment"
       Synonyms: remove take take away
  8. break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library"
       Synonyms: adjourn retire
  9. retire gracefully; "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"
       Synonyms: bow out
  10. 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"
       Synonyms: draw take out draw off
       Antonyms: deposit bank
  11. lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died"
       Synonyms: retire
  12. 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"
       Synonyms: retreat pull back back out back away crawfish crawfish out pull in one's horns

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