with·draw (wĭth-drô, wĭth-)
v. with·drew (-dr), with·drawn (-drôn), with·draw·ing, with·draws
a. To take back or away; remove: withdrew his hand from the cookie jar.
b. To cause to leave or return: The government withdrew its diplomats from the capital.
c. To remove (money) from an account.
d. To turn away (one's gaze, for example).
e. To draw aside: withdrew the curtain.
a. To remove from consideration or participation: withdrew her application; withdrew his son from the race.
b. To recall or retract: withdrew the accusation.
a. To move or draw back; retire: The lawyers withdrew to the judge's chambers.
b. To leave or return, as from a military position.
a. To remove oneself from active participation: withdrew from the competition.
b. To become detached from social or emotional involvement: After the snubbing, he withdrew into a shell.
3. To recall or remove a motion from consideration in parliamentary procedure.
a. To discontinue the use of a drug or other substance, especially one that is addictive.
b. To react physiologically and mentally to this discontinuance, often while experiencing distressing symptoms.
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