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Dictionary definition for: Withdraw

1. (v) pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew" "The limo pulled away from the curb"

2. (v) withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess"

3. (v) release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence" "disengage the gears"

4. (v) cause to be returned; "recall the defective auto tires" "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt"

5. (v) take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words"

6. (v) keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"

7. (v) 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

8. (v) break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch" "The men retired to the library"

9. (v) retire gracefully; "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"

10. (v) 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"

11. (v) lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died"

12. (v) 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"

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