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withdraw from (something)

1. To retract or shrink back from someone or something. The nervous animal withdrew from the man entering its cage. He withdrew from my hand as I reached across to wipe the dirt from his face. I had to withdraw from the bright lights due to my migraine.
2. To depart, retreat, or retire from something or some place, as for rest or seclusion. We withdrew from the noisy party to get some fresh air in the summer evening. No one noticed that Bob had withdrawn from the meeting room just before the boss started demanding explanations for the low sales.
3. To cease to be associated with some group or activity; to remove oneself from active participation in something. He was forced to withdraw from the competition amid the accusations of cheating. She is refusing to withdraw from the board of directors.
4. To take someone or something out of or away from something; to remove someone or something from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "withdraw" and "from." I hastily withdrew my hand from the box when Mary said there could be spiders inside. She withdrew an old photograph from her father's desk drawer. Someone withdrew $400 from my account this morning, and it certainly wasn't me.
5. To cause or force someone or something to depart, retreat, or flee from something or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "withdraw" and "from." They have begun withdrawing troops from the war-torn region. Please withdraw your agents from our offices immediately.
6. To remove someone or something from active consideration or participation in something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "withdraw" and "from." I'm afraid I must withdraw my application from the process, as it could be seen as a conflict of interest. The party has withdrawn its candidate from the election.
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withdraw into (oneself)

To retreat into one's mind or otherwise isolate oneself so as to avoid undesirable thoughts, situations, or interactions with people. After getting mugged, he withdrew into himself and didn't speak to anyone for nearly a week. I'm not good around large groups of people. I usually get overwhelmed and just withdraw into myself. Don't withdraw into yourself just because you don't want an argument—talk to me!
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withdraw into (something)

1. To retreat, retract, or shrink back into something or some place. The clam withdraws into its shell when it senses a threat. The soldiers withdrew into the jungle after their assault on the enemy camp. This kind of spider withdraws into its burrow and waits for prey to pass by.
2. To pull or retract something back into something or some place. I withdrew my hands into the sleeves of my sweatshirt to keep them warm. Cats are able to retract their claws into their toe pads.
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- Banco Regional de Monterrey, S.A.: BFSR of D+ withdrawn
A council spokesman said the disused block had been withdrawn "to allow the authority to consider its options".
People who want to put money withdrawn from an ISA back into one of the saving vehicles with Northern Rock must do so by April 5 next year.
People who want to put money withdrawn from an ISA back into Northern Rock must do so by April 5 next year.
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Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged woman who died in March 2005 after tubes providing nutrition and hydration were withdrawn, became a center of controversy when Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life began denouncing the withdrawal in the media.
It is not solely that a 16-runner handicap has become a 15-runner race that fuels the conspiracy theory, it is the likely starting price of the withdrawn horse that is significant.
They can then include one-third of the withdrawn amount as income on their tax returns each year for three years, beginning with the withdrawal year.
The following TIPs have been withdrawn by the Quality and Standards Management Committee due to lack of progress in their review:
Many of the once withdrawn kids have been drawn out.
Despite people saving an average of 14% more during the first three months of 2005 compared with the previous three months, more than half of this was later withdrawn.
To the Editor: Iovine and Blaser (1) write, "This therapeutic use [of enrofloxacin] was withdrawn (2) but is now under appeal" and "Despite the restrictions on enrofloxacin use, emergence of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter species, with poultry as an important source, has been documented in the United States ...
However, the British High Court ruled on July 31, 2004, that Leslie Burke, 44, who suffers from cerebellar ataxia should win his case to not have food and hydration withdrawn, even when his body becomes incapable.
More than pounds 37.8m is expected to be withdrawn from cash machines across Wales this Bank Holiday weekend.
The international rating agency Standard & Poor's has reportedly said that it had withdrawn its rating from Hungary-based telecomms operator Pannon GSM Tavkozlesi Rt (Pannon), a 100%-owned subsidiary of the Norwegian telecomms group Telenor ASA.