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Withdraw vs. Retract

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Withdraw

Remove or take away (something) from a particular place or position
She prised open the lid and withdrew a slim diamond ring
Ruth withdrew her hand from his
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Retract

To take back; disavow
Refused to retract the statement.
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Withdraw

Leave or cause to leave a place or situation
UN forces withdrew from the province
Both countries agreed to withdraw their troops
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Retract

To draw back or in
A plane retracting its landing gear.
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Withdraw

Cease to take an addictive drug
For the cocaine user, it is possible to withdraw without medication
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Retract

To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
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Withdraw

To take back or away; remove
Withdrew his hand from the cookie jar.
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Retract

To draw back (the tongue).
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Withdraw

To cause to leave or return
The government withdrew its diplomats from the capital.
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Retract

To take something back or disavow it.
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Withdraw

To remove (money) from an account.
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Retract

To draw back
A leash that retracts into a plastic case.
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Withdraw

To turn away (one's gaze, for example).
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Retract

(transitive)
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Withdraw

To draw aside
Withdrew the curtain.
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Retract

To pull (something) back or back inside.
Pull back
An airplane retracts its wheels for flight.
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Withdraw

To remove from consideration or participation
Withdrew her application.
Withdrew his son from the race.
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Retract

(rare) To avert (one's eyes or a gaze).
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Withdraw

To recall or retract
Withdrew the accusation.
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Retract

(phonetics) To pronounce (a sound, especially a vowel) farther to the back of the vocal tract.
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Withdraw

To move or draw back; retire
The lawyers withdrew to the judge's chambers.
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Retract

(obsolete) To hold back (something); to restrain.
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Withdraw

To leave or return, as from a military position.
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Retract

(intransitive) To draw back; to draw up; to withdraw.
The bus was stuck at the stop as its wheelchair ramp wouldn’t retract after use.
Muscles retract after amputation.
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Withdraw

To remove oneself from active participation
Withdrew from the competition.
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Retract

(transitive)
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Withdraw

To become detached from social or emotional involvement
After the snubbing, he withdrew into a shell.
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Retract

To cancel or take back (something, such as an edict or a favour or grant previously bestowed); to rescind, to revoke.
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Withdraw

To recall or remove a motion from consideration in parliamentary procedure.
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Retract

To break or fail to keep (a promise, etc.); to renege.
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Withdraw

To discontinue the use of a drug or other substance, especially one that is addictive.
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Retract

To take back or withdraw (something that has been said or written); to disavow, to repudiate.
I retract all the accusations I made about the senator and sincerely hope he won’t sue me.
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Withdraw

To react physiologically and mentally to this discontinuance, often while experiencing distressing symptoms.
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Retract

(games) Originally in chess and now in other games as well: to take back or undo (a move); specifically (card games) to take back or withdraw (a card which has been played).
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Withdraw

(transitive)
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Retract

(intransitive)
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Withdraw

To draw or pull (something) away or back from its original position or situation.
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Retract

To decline or fail to do something promised; to break one's word.
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Withdraw

To take away or take back (something previously given or permitted); to remove, to retract.
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Retract

Of something said or written (such as published academic work): to take back or withdraw.
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Withdraw

To cause or help (someone) to stop taking an addictive drug or substance; to dry out.
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Retract

To change one's mind after declaring an intention to make a certain move.
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Withdraw

To take (one's eyes) off something; to look away.
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Retract

An act of retracting or withdrawing (a mistake, a statement, etc.); a retraction.
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Withdraw

(figuratively)
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Retract

A pulling back, especially (military) of an army or military troops; a pull-back, a retreat; also, a signal for this to be done.
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Withdraw

To distract or divert (someone) from a course of action, a goal, etc.
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Retract

Synonym of retreat
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Withdraw

To extract (money) from a bank account or other financial deposit.
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Retract

To draw back; to draw up or shorten; as, the cat can retract its claws; to retract a muscle.
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Withdraw

(intransitive)
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Retract

To withdraw; to recall; to disavow; to recant; to take back; as, to retract an accusation or an assertion.
I would as freely have retracted this charge of idolatry as I ever made it.
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Withdraw

Chiefly followed by from: to leave a place, someone's presence, etc., to go to another room or place.
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Retract

To take back,, as a grant or favor previously bestowed; to revoke.
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Withdraw

Chiefly followed by from: to stop taking part in some activity; also, to remove oneself from the company of others, from publicity, etc.
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Retract

To draw back; to draw up; as, muscles retract after amputation.
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Withdraw

To stop talking to or interacting with other people and start thinking thoughts not related to what is happening.
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Retract

To take back what has been said; to withdraw a concession or a declaration.
She will, and she will not; she grants, denies,Consents, retracts, advances, and then files.
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Withdraw

To stop taking an addictive drug or substance; to undergo withdrawal.
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Retract

The pricking of a horse's foot in nailing on a shoe.
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Withdraw

Of a man: to remove the penis from a partner's body orifice before ejaculation; to engage in coitus interruptus.
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Retract

Formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure;
He retracted his earlier statements about his religion
She abjured her beliefs
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Withdraw

An act of drawing back or removing; a removal, a withdrawal or withdrawing.
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Retract

Pull away from a source of disgust or fear
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Withdraw

(law) withdraught
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Retract

Use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
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Withdraw

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.
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Retract

Pull inward or towards a center;
The pilot drew in the landing gear
The cat retracted his claws
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Withdraw

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

To retire; to retreat; to quit a company or place; to go away; as, he withdrew from the company.
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Withdraw

Pull back or move away or backward;
The enemy withdrew
The limo pulled away from the curb
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Withdraw

Withdraw from active participation;
He retired from chess
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Withdraw

Release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles;
I want to disengage myself from his influence
Disengage the gears
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Withdraw

Cause to be returned;
Recall the defective auto tires
The manufacturer tried to call back the spoilt yoghurt
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Withdraw

Take back what one has said;
He swallowed his words
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Withdraw

Keep away from others;
He sequestered himself in his study to write a book
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Withdraw

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
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Withdraw

Break from a meeting or gathering;
We adjourned for lunch
The men retired to the library
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Withdraw

Retire gracefully;
He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship
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Withdraw

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
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Withdraw

Lose interest;
He retired from life when his wife died
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Withdraw

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
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