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The Collaborative Dictionary

Withdraw \With*draw"\ (w[i^][th]*dr[add]"), v. t. [imp. Withdrew (-dr[udd]"); p. p. Withdrawn (-dr[add]n"); p. pr. & vb. n. Withdrawing.] [With against + draw.]
To take back or away, as what has been bestowed or enjoyed; to draw back; to cause to move away or retire; as, to withdraw aid, favor, capital, or the like. [1913 Webster] Impossible it is that God should withdraw his presence from anything. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]
To take back; to recall or retract; as, to withdraw false charges. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

withdrawn See withdraw


1 pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move back]
2 withdraw from active participation; "He retired from chess" [syn: retire]
3 release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears" [syn: disengage] [ant: engage]
4 cause to be returned; "recall the defective auto tires"; "The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt" [syn: recall, call in, call back]
5 take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words" [syn: swallow, take back, unsay]
6 keep away from others; "He sequestered himself in his study to write a book" [syn: seclude, sequester, sequestrate]
7 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 environment" [syn: remove, take, take away]
8 break from a meeting or gathering; "We adjourned for lunch"; "The men retired to the library" [syn: adjourn, retire]
9 retire gracefully; "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship" [syn: 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" [syn: draw, take out, draw off] [ant: deposit]
11 lose interest; "he retired from life when his wife died" [syn: 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" [syn: retreat, pull back, back out, back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull in one's horns] [also: withdrew, withdrawn]
withdrawn adj
1 withdrawn from society; seeking solitude; "lived an unsocial reclusive life" [syn: recluse, reclusive]
2 tending to reserve or introspection; "a quiet indrawn man" [syn: indrawn]

Moby Thesaurus

Laodicean, Olympian, alienated, alone, aloof, anonymous, apart, apathetic, aseptic, backward, bashful, benumbed, blah, blank, blase, bored, careless, casual, chilled, chilly, closet, cold, comatose, companionless, constrained, cool, desensitized, detached, discreet, disinterested, distant, dull, exclusive, expressionless, forbidding, friendless, frigid, frosty, guarded, heartless, hebetudinous, heedless, homeless, hopeless, icy, impassive, impersonal, in a backwater, in a stupor, inaccessible, incognito, incurious, indifferent, inmost, innermost, insociable, insouciant, insular, interior, intimate, introverted, inward, isolated, kithless, languid, lethargic, listless, lone, lonely, lonesome, mindless, modest, nonchalant, numb, numbed, offish, out-of-the-way, out-of-the-world, passive, personal, phlegmatic, pluckless, private, privy, quarantined, regardless, remote, removed, repressed, reserved, resigned, restrained, reticent, retired, retiring, rootless, secluded, seclusive, segregated, separate, separated, sequestered, shrinking, shut off, single-handed, slack, sluggish, solitary, solo, soporific, spiritless, spunkless, standoff, standoffish, stoic, stolid, stupefied, subdued, supine, suppressed, torpid, unabetted, unaccompanied, unaffable, unaided, unapproachable, unassisted, unattended, uncaring, uncompanionable, unconcerned, uncongenial, undemonstrative, unescorted, unexpansive, unfrequented, ungenial, uninquiring, uninterested, uninvolved, unmindful, unseconded, unsupported, unvisited



  • /'wɪθdɻɑʊn/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːn


  1. introvert.



  1. past participle of withdraw
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