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cut off/withdraw aid (=stop giving aid)
▪ The US has threatened to cut off aid to the region.
▪ Conditons deteriorated further as western aid was withdrawn.
drop out of/withdraw from the race
▪ He dropped out of the presidential race three weeks ago.
remove/withdraw sth from circulation
▪ The Treasury Department plans to remove older coins from circulation and replace them with new ones.
withdraw a nomination (=say you no longer want it)
▪ After hostile questioning, he withdrew his nomination to be CIA director.
withdraw an objection (=stop objecting to something)
▪ The FBI withdrew its objections to publishing the information.
withdraw an offer
▪ They suddenly withdrew their offer at the last minute.
withdraw from a competition (=not take part, when you had planned to)
▪ He had to withdraw from the competition because of an injury.
withdraw from a contest (=stop taking part in a contest)
▪ Two candidates had withdrawn from the contest.
withdraw from a course/drop out of a course (=leave it without finishing it)
▪ She had to withdraw from the course because of illness.
withdraw support (=no longer support )
▪ He's decided to withdraw his support for the project.
withdraw troops
▪ Mauritania had declared its neutrality and withdrawn its troops.
withdraw your application
▪ The company withdrew its application to build the bridge.
withdraw your forces
▪ Expecting the Allies to attack again, he began to withdraw his forces eastward.
withdraw your resignation (=say that you will not leave, after having said you would)
▪ The President persuaded him to withdraw his resignation.
withdraw your statement (=say that a statement you gave is not true)
▪ She later withdrew her statement.
▪ She later withdrew her candidacy.
▪ They later withdrew from the competition.
▪ But horsemen and owners reacted with outrage to a similar proposal that was later withdrawn.
▪ The second rise was later withdrawn.
▪ At least one and maybe two other blacks submitted resumes but later withdrew, Roberts said.
▪ The witness later withdrew his testimony.
▪ He also filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Dallas that year, although he later withdrew the petition.
▪ Three Assembly members later withdrew their support from the motion.
▪ Under torture he admitted to some of the charges, vague though they were, but later withdrew.
▪ Seligson withdrew his candidacy and wrote a biting letter to Harleston.
▪ Vince Tobin withdrew his candidacy for the job after both men got death threats from Ditka fanatics.
▪ Only one deposit may be made and up to £300 a day withdrawn in cash from branches.
▪ Normally you can withdraw up to £500 in cash at any branch, or larger amounts by cheque.
▪ They can be withdrawn in cash on demand and are thus also totally liquid.
▪ Be very careful when you withdraw money from street cash dispensers.
▪ The weekly-paid Greater Glasgow Health Board employees first discovered the bank's mistake when they tried to withdraw money from cash machines.
▪ Their victims include a woman who is withdrawing money from a cash dispenser, and a gunsmith.
▪ In the first situation all we have is the partners withdrawing cash from the business with no apparent input.
▪ Only £700m was withdrawn from cash machines in 1979 - it is now about £50 billion a year.
▪ The Communist decision to withdraw its candidates in all but two Parliamentary constituencies aggravated the situation still further.
▪ The speech marked Ventura's decision to withdraw into Minnesota politics following his unsuccessful flirtations with bigger ambitions.
▪ The government's decision to withdraw from the contract was felt to be a major reason behind his departure.
▪ Paul Ritchie was upset with a County Council decision to withdraw pay for trainees at the centre.
▪ It seems, however, that the decision to withdraw sterling from the exchange rate mechanism has paid dividends.
▪ The administration's minority party has put off a decision whether to withdraw support for Prime Minister Albert Reynolds.
▪ The government agency withdrew facilities for 160 centres countrywide, because the beef they handled was deemed below the required level.
▪ Whether the government is going to be responsible to the needs of people, or whether the government is going to withdraw.
▪ But disagreements immediately arose over whether government troops would withdraw from the territory.
▪ Mr Kiley complained that the Government had withdrawn concessions that would have given him some power over the private contractors.
▪ On Monday she bluntly rejected a temporary ceasefire offer by the rebels, which would have allowed the government troops to withdraw.
▪ It calls on the Government immediately to withdraw the changes in the Petroleum Revenue Tax.
▪ When government cash was withdrawn they applied to several charitable foundations for funding.
▪ As he withdrew his hand he felt the coldness of the knife and corkscrew against his flesh.
▪ An involuntary action is set up which causes him to withdraw his hand even before he experiences any sensation of pain.
▪ I sat up and she withdrew her hand.
▪ She handed Ietia her drink, fingers brushing her, and quicKly withdrew her hand as if from fire.
▪ Nicholas withdrew his own hands and placed them lightly on her two shoulders.
▪ We believe in the justice of the bill ... But we are going to withdraw our hand.
▪ He withdrew his hand and turned from her, standing in his saddle and looking out across the valley.
▪ His smile faltered when he withdrew his hand.
▪ The local Nalgo branch has called a general meeting for tomorrow when members will be balloted on whether to withdraw their labour.
▪ The disparity arises because some of those who lost their jobs withdrew from the labour market, perhaps through early retirement.
▪ Instead, most of the companies have withdrawn from the market to reassess their rates.
▪ The disparity arises because some of those who lost their jobs withdrew from the labour market, perhaps through early retirement.
▪ Product is withdrawn from the market. 13.
▪ About one million litres of milk, worth £200,000, is being withdrawn from the market daily.
▪ His claim was later proven and the drug withdrawn from the market.
▪ It had meantime been withdrawn from the commercial market.
▪ You need to give 30 days notice to withdraw money from the account.
▪ In ten minutes he stood in front of the bank, having withdrawn all his money, less than eighty dollars.
▪ He was not entitled to withdraw the money in his account if he had obtained it by means of a false cheque.
▪ When and how you withdraw money from a corporation will determine how much tax both you and your corporation pay.
▪ Because, providing you have the money in your account, the BarclayPlus card lets you withdraw money anytime.
▪ If your company is successful, a failure to plan how to withdraw money from the company can be costly.
▪ Be very careful when you withdraw money from street cash dispensers.
▪ Using loans to withdraw money from a corporation has its limitations, how-ever.
▪ If Fred regrets offering his old car to Brian, can he withdraw his offer?
▪ Castle Square tenants association had submitted a petition calling on the council to withdraw the offer.
▪ Why had Mahoney withdrawn his offer to help so suddenly and unexpectedly?
▪ Mr Gubbay said that the appointment of a replacement was illegal, and withdrew his offer to take early retirement.
▪ Midland Life reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time before the commencement of your Bond.
▪ Minton, by now tired of publicity and fuss, refused and the hotel withdrew its offer.
▪ Since the leaders of these parties then withdrew their candidacies for the prime ministership, the field was clear for Netanyahu.
▪ On Dec. 29 Eitan's right-wing nationalist Tsomet Party formally withdrew from the ruling coalition.
▪ The process continues until all but one of the parties involved has withdrawn.
▪ Both parties then refused to withdraw.
▪ The machinery in the winding house was blown before the parties withdrew carrying Gerard Brett.
▪ Was he about to withdraw his proposal?
▪ He should bow to the views of all of those who submitted evidence to the Home Affairs Committee and withdraw these proposals.
▪ Once again, the High Authority had to admit defeat, and withdrew its proposal.
▪ In the event that we can not agree an acceptable revised fee scale then we withdraw from the sale.
▪ The plastic weapon has been condemned as tasteless and at least one shop has withdrawn it from sale.
▪ Uncured pork from a firm at Wisbech, Cambs, has been withdrawn from sale by supermarkets and shops.
▪ The auction house decided to withdraw from the sale when its December 1990 contract with Lord Northampton came up for renewal.
▪ A major chain of retailers has agreed to withdraw them from sale, but hundreds are still thought to be in use.
▪ Read in studio A tourist video has been withdrawn from sale after fears it could threaten the safety of children.
▪ The company has now agreed to withdraw them from sale.
▪ A further thirteen lots listed in the catalogue were withdrawn before the sale.
▪ Raids on farms were also reported and public transport was paralysed in the capital, Lima, as bus operators withdrew services.
▪ The latter move prompted the government to retaliate by establishing a blockade around the island and withdrawing all services from the inhabitants.
▪ The Motive Power depot at Derby Road had been disused since 1966 when the last steam locomotives were withdrawn from service.
▪ Around 100 submarines withdrawn from service are moored at sea because there are no facilities for treating their radioactive components.
▪ It was withdrawn from service and probably scrapped.
▪ The Cheltenham &038; Gloucester Building Society this month withdrew its cheap share-dealing service, which it could not make profitable.
▪ When service No. 1 to North Station was withdrawn, the Promenade service was strengthened to a six-minute headway.
▪ They broke down so often and so grievously that they were all withdrawn from service within three years.
▪ But this has not meant that those industries have withdrawn their support for museums here.
▪ On Saturday, the joint chiefs met with Arteaga and formally withdrew support from Bucaram.
▪ They withdrew their support and Fawcett, whom they had seconded to the project, moved on to other research.
▪ The wealthy Bombay and Ahmedabad magnates thereupon withdrew their financial support of the ashram.
▪ On Wednesday, they threatened to withdraw support for a minimum wage boost if the so-called poison pill amendment passed.
▪ Three Assembly members later withdrew their support from the motion.
▪ In the same document, Ratzinger directed bishops to withdraw support from gay Catholic organizations that did not accept this teaching.
▪ Khasbulatov returned to announce that Gorbachev had agreed to withdraw the troops on the following day.
▪ A major chain of retailers has agreed to withdraw them from sale, but hundreds are still thought to be in use.
▪ The company has now agreed to withdraw them from sale.
▪ He desisted from the attack, and began to withdraw.
▪ By mid-March, Communists had begun to withdraw on all fronts and the Eighth Army had regained Seoul.
▪ Inside the vine the sap begins to withdraw to the roots.
▪ About midnight, the first Federal units began withdrawing from the field.
▪ I began to withdraw from many of the activities that engaged my peers.
▪ Collapse of coup - Gorbachev's return On Aug. 21 troops began withdrawing from Moscow and media restrictions were lifted.
▪ I knew my family would never accept me as a boy or man, so I began to withdraw from them.
▪ He decided to withdraw from the Aswan Dam project, but he did not make the decision public.
▪ We decided to withdraw, to return to a timescale measured by the rise and fall of the sun.
▪ Not surprisingly, the Freud-room group decided not to withdraw the diagnosis.
▪ Wisely, Margaret Thatcher decided to withdraw.
▪ Elorriaga had decided to withdraw when Congress refused to support his proposals on taxation and on the refunding of the public debt.
▪ Then an hour later, having heard the outcome in the City, where-rather characteristically-he was lunching, Maudling decided to withdraw.
▪ Sooner or later those who are there will be forced to withdraw shamefully.
▪ She was later forced to withdraw.
▪ She felt his hands on her waist, pulling her ruthlessly away from the box so that she was forced to withdraw her hand.
▪ Clinton was forced to withdraw several nominees due to embarrassing revelations over their political stances or child-care issues.
▪ Thorpe's original replacement Mark Ramprakash has also been forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury.
▪ It had been an attempt to force him to withdraw.
▪ When his own business affairs fell into a state of disarray in 1773, he was forced to withdraw from public life.
▪ She was forced to withdraw from the next event and missed the next few weeks of the Tour.
▪ On Wednesday, they threatened to withdraw support for a minimum wage boost if the so-called poison pill amendment passed.
▪ They threatened to withdraw their 186 children from the Ringaskiddy and Shanbally national schools.
▪ Rehavam Ze'evi, Minister without Portfolio, threatened to withdraw his small Moledet party from the ruling coalition.
withdraw/retreat in good order
▪ After two children had been hurt, the company was forced to withdraw the toy from store shelves.
▪ As a result of the Paris peace negotiations, most American forces withdrew from Vietnam in 1973.
▪ Bower was leading in the polls, but he withdrew when the scandal hit the press.
▪ Christmas decorations were withdrawn from sale yesterday following a fire-risk warning.
▪ Clare had to withdraw from the race after injuring her knee.
▪ He has been asked to withdraw remarks he made in a national newspaper about the honesty of the president.
▪ I withdrew $200 from my savings account.
▪ It will be very sad if Jordan withdraws from politics altogether.
▪ Mary said that she was very sorry and that she withdrew the accusation unreservedly.
▪ Newsagents across the country have withdrawn the magazine after numerous complaints from women's groups.
▪ She withdrew her allegations of sex discrimination at work.
▪ She withdrew her hand from his grasp, and turned to leave the room.
▪ The ambassador frowned and withdrew the cigar from his mouth.
▪ The developers withdrew their request to build on the land.
▪ This card allows the user to withdraw money at any time of day.
▪ He did not make himself difficult or outwardly rebellious, he simply withdrew.
▪ In 1564 he abruptly withdrew from Moscow and threatened to abdicate.
▪ Presumably, if the military or industry changed their minds about the utility of this approach they could withdraw from it.
▪ Providing you give us at least seven days notice you won't lose any interest on the amount withdrawn.
▪ Richard Lugar of Indiana withdrew as presidential candidates and threw their support to Dole.
▪ Strengthening of that infrastructure would stimulate self-sustaining growth in the private sector-growth which would continue after federal assistance had been withdrawn.
▪ The publishers withdrew all 10,000 copies of the book from sale.
▪ While an appeal is pending the notice will be ineffective becoming effective again if the appeal is dismissed or withdrawn.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Withdraw \With*draw"\, v. i. To retire; to retreat; to quit a company or place; to go away; as, he withdrew from the company. ``When the sea withdrew.''
--King Horn.

Syn: To recede; retrograde; go back.


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.]

  1. 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.

    Impossible it is that God should withdraw his presence from anything.

  2. To take back; to recall or retract; as, to withdraw false charges.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c. (transitive), "to take back," from with "away" + drawen "to draw," possibly a loan-translation of Latin retrahere "to retract." Intransitive sense from mid-13c. Sense of "to remove oneself" is recorded from c.1300. Related: Withdrawn; withdrawing.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To pull (something) back, aside, or away. 2 (context transitive English) To take back (a comment, etc). 3 (context transitive English) To remove, to stop providing (one's support, etc). 4 (context transitive English) To extract (money from an account). 5 (context intransitive English) To retreat. 6 (context intransitive English) To be in withdrawal from an addictive drug etc. (from 20th c.)

  1. v. 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]

  13. [also: withdrew, withdrawn]

Usage examples of "withdraw".

It has been subsequently held many times that municipal corporations are mere instrumentalities of the State for the more convenient administration of local governments, whose powers may be enlarged, abridged, or entirely withdrawn at the pleasure of the legislature.

Union, or Confederation, under altered conditions, by the majority which should accede to them, with a recognition of the right of the recusant minority to withdraw, secede, or stand aloof.

Will you suffer me therefore to beg, unless any consideration restrains you, that you would be pleased to acquaint me what motives have induced you thus to withdraw from the society of mankind, and to betake yourself to a course of life to which it sufficiently appears you were not born?

Breteuil was obliged to withdraw his opposition, and to acquiesce in this violence.

His lordship adduced examples from history, to show that the principle of change had been often acknowledged, and the suffrage withdrawn and conferred on various occasions.

Normally the adjudication committee would have refused to allow them to withdraw, but I requested they bend the Rules on this one occasion.

Almost as an afterthought, she opened the safe and withdrew the only existing PLACE documentation.

Both directly and indirectly, therefore, the employments that withdraw women from domestic pursuits are likely to increase alcoholism, and, it may be added, to increase its greatest potency for evil, namely its influence on the health of the stock.

There was an intimacy to the scene that made Alec halt, but before he could withdraw Feeya caught sight of him and broke into a broad, welcoming smile.

The birds withdrew in frenzied flight, probably alighting somewhere beyond, since they were no longer on the wing.

He withdrew a small aliquot of the liquid and began setting up his test apparatus.

Gillen had been the main prosecutor in the Weinberger case, but he had to withdraw because years before he had attended one of the meetings at which the defense secretary allegedly made false statements.

Anticipating trouble on the third army front he had withdrawn his outposts to a safer line all along the Ancre and up to Puisieux, and our men had been able to walk cautiously forward several hundred yards.

She became very depressed and withdrawn in prison and one day she took aplastic knife from the canteen.

Czechoslovakia, Rumania, and Yugoslavia, withdrawing within her boundaries prior to the two Viennese Arbitrage decisions.