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WITHDRAW (withdrawn, withdrew)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does withdraw mean? 

WITHDRAW (verb)
  The verb WITHDRAW has 12 senses:

1. pull back or move away or backward
2. withdraw from active participation
3. release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
4. cause to be returned
5. take back what one has said
6. keep away from others
7. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
8. break from a meeting or gathering
9. retire gracefully
10. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
11. lose interest
12. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

  Familiarity information: WITHDRAW used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


WITHDRAW (verb)


Sense 1withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pull back or move away or backward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

draw back; move back; pull away; pull back; recede; withdraw; retreat; retire

Context examples:

The enemy withdrew / The limo pulled away from the curb

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

back down; back off; back up (move backwards from a certain position)

fall back; recede; retire (move back and away from)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Withdraw from active participation

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

withdraw; retire

Context example:

He retired from chess

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

cease; discontinue; give up; lay off; quit; stop (put an end to a state or an activity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

disengage; withdraw

Context examples:

I want to disengage myself from his influence / disengage the gears

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

let go; let go of; release; relinquish (release, as from one's grip)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

unlock (set free or release)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be returned

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

call back; withdraw; call in; recall

Context examples:

recall the defective auto tires / The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

take (take into one's possession)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

decommission (withdraw from active service)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take back what one has said

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

unsay; withdraw; take back; swallow

Context example:

He swallowed his words

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

renounce; repudiate (cast off or disown)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep away from others

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

seclude; sequestrate; sequester; withdraw

Context example:

He sequestered himself in his study to write a book

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

insulate; isolate (place or set apart)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

remove; take away; withdraw; take

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

decalcify (remove calcium or lime from)

dredge (remove with a power shovel, usually from a bottom of a body of water)

wear away; wear off (diminish, as by friction)

amputate; cut off (remove surgically)

eviscerate; resect (surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ)

cream; cream off; skim; skim off (remove from the surface)

strip (remove the surface from)

strip (strip the cured leaves from)

descale; scale (remove the scales from)

circumcise (cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys)

undock (take out of a dock)

cut into; delve; dig; turn over (turn up, loosen, or remove earth)

dig; excavate; hollow (remove the inner part or the core of)

defuse (remove the triggering device from)

clear out; drive out; expectorate (clear out the chest and lungs)

detoxicate; detoxify (remove poison from)

de-ionate (remove ions from)

de-iodinate (remove iodine from)

decarbonise; decarbonize; decarburise; decarburize; decoke (remove carbon from (an engine))

delouse (free of lice)

ream (remove by making a hole or by boring)

brush (remove with or as if with a brush)

wash; wash away; wash off; wash out (remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent)

desorb (remove from a surface on which it is adsorbed)

pull (take away)

demineralise; demineralize (remove the minerals or salts from)

eliminate (remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations)

lift out; scoop; scoop out; scoop up; take up (take out or up with or as if with a scoop)

draw out; extract; pull; pull out; pull up; take out (remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense)

aspirate; draw out; suck out (remove as if by suction)

cancel; delete (remove or make invisible)

lade; laden; ladle (remove with or as if with a ladle)

spoon (scoop up or take up with a spoon)

gut (remove the guts of)

head (remove the head of)

draw away; draw off; pull off (remove by drawing or pulling)

clean; strip (remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely)

draw; take out (take liquid out of a container or well)

draw; get out; pull; pull out; take out (bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover)

leach (cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate)

draw (cause to flow)

clean (remove while making clean)

dislodge; free (remove or force out from a position)

take out (remove something from a container or an enclosed space)

unstring (remove the strings from)

string (remove the stringy parts of)

wipe away; wipe off (remove by wiping)

bear away; bear off; carry away; carry off; take away (remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state)

unveil (remove the cover from)

take out; unpack (remove from its packing)

disburden; unburden (take the burden off; remove the burden from)

empty (remove)

discharge (remove the charge from)

offsaddle; unsaddle (remove the saddle from)

cast; cast off; drop; shake off; shed; throw; throw away; throw off (get rid of)

draw; draw off; take out; withdraw (remove (a commodity) from (a supply source))

depilate; epilate (remove body hair)

unbrace (remove a brace or braces from)

pick (remove in small bits)

clear; clear up (free (the throat) by making a rasping sound)

muck (remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine)

lift (remove from a surface)

lift (take off or away by decreasing)

lift (remove from a seedbed or from a nursery)

tear away; tear off (rip off violently and forcefully)

take off (take away or remove)

take away; take out (take out or remove)

pit; stone (remove the pits from)

seed (remove the seeds from)

winnow (blow away or off with a current of air)

clean (remove shells or husks from)

harvest (remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation)

tip (remove the tip from)

stem (remove the stem from)

extirpate (surgically remove (an organ))

enucleate (remove (a tumor or eye) from an enveloping sac or cover)

exenterate (remove the contents of (an organ))

enucleate (remove the nucleus from (a cell))

decorticate (remove the cortex of (an organ))

bail (remove (water) from a vessel with a container)

disinvest; divest; strip; undress (remove (someone's or one's own) clothes)

ablate (remove an organ or bodily structure)

clean; pick (remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits)

unhinge (remove the hinges from)

shuck (remove the shucks from)

defang (remove the fangs from)

bone; debone (remove the bones from)

disembowel; draw; eviscerate (remove the entrails of)

shell (remove from its shell or outer covering)

shuck (remove from the shell)

detusk; tusk (remove the tusks of animals)

dehorn (prevent the growth of horns of certain animals)

scalp (remove the scalp of)

weed (clear of weeds)

condense (remove water from)

bail out; bale out (remove (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side)

leach; strip (remove substances from by a percolating liquid)

clear (remove)

strip (remove a constituent from a liquid)

dismantle; strip (take off or remove)

hull (remove the hulls from)

crumb (remove crumbs from)

chip away; chip away at (remove or withdraw gradually:)

burl (remove the burls from cloth)

knock out (destroy or break forcefully)

clean; scavenge (remove unwanted substances from)

hypophysectomise; hypophysectomize (remove the pituitary glands)

degas (remove gas from)

husk; shell (remove the husks from)

bur; burr (remove the burrs from)

clear away; clear off (remove from sight)

flick (remove with a flick (of the hand))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 8withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break from a meeting or gathering

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

adjourn; retire; withdraw

Context examples:

We adjourned for lunch / The men retired to the library

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

close; close down; close up; fold; shut down (cease to operate or cause to cease operating)

"Withdraw" entails doing...:

assemble; foregather; forgather; gather; meet (collect in one place)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

prorogue (adjourn by royal prerogative; without dissolving the legislative body)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 9withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Retire gracefully

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

bow out; withdraw

Context example:

He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

retire (go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 10withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

draw off; take out; withdraw; draw

Context examples:

She drew $2,000 from the account / The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

check out; cheque (withdraw money by writing a check)

divert; hive off (withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions)

overdraw (draw more money from than is available)

tap (draw from or dip into to get something)

disinvest; divest (reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Antonym:

deposit (put into a bank account)


Sense 11withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose interest

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

retire; withdraw

Context example:

he retired from life when his wife died

Hypernyms (to "withdraw" is one way to...):

fatigue; jade; pall; tire; weary (get tired of something or somebody)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "withdraw"):

back down; back off; bow out; chicken out; pull out (remove oneself from an obligation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 12withdraw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

back away; crawfish; crawfish out; pull in one's horns; back out; retreat; pull back; withdraw

Context examples:

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

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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