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withdraw

verb uk   /wɪðˈdrɔː/ us    /-ˈdrɑː/ (withdrew, withdrawn)

withdraw verb (REMOVE)

C1 [I or T] to take or move out or back, or to remove: This credit card allows you to withdraw up to £200 a day from cash dispensers. The UN has withdrawn its troops from the country. Eleven million bottles of water had to be withdrawn from sale due to a health scare. Once in court, he withdrew the statement he'd made to the police (= he claimed it was false). All charges against them were withdrawn after the prosecution's case collapsed. formal After lunch, we withdrew into her office to finish our discussion in private. mainly UK The team captain was forced to withdraw from the match due to injury. Following his nervous breakdown, he withdrew from public life and refused to give any interviews.
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withdraw verb (STOP CONTACT)

[I] to stop talking to other people and start thinking thoughts that are not related to what is happening around you: As a child, she frequently withdrew into her own fantasy world. After the accident, he withdrew into himself and refused to talk to family or friends.
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