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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 No one noticed that Bob had withdrawn from the meeting room just before the boss started demanding explanations for the low sales.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 The party has withdrawn its candidate from the election.
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!
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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