To take back or away; remove. To remove (money) from an account. To turn away (one's gaze, for example). To draw aside: withdrew the curtain. To remove from consideration or participation: withdrew her application; withdrew his son from the race. To recall or retract: withdrew the accusation. To move or draw back; retire. To retreat from a battlefield. To remove oneself from active participation: withdrew from the competition. To become detached from social or emotional involvement. To recall or remove a motion from consideration in parliamentary procedure. To discontinue the use of an addictive substance. To adjust physiologically and mentally to this discontinuation.