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Withdraw (impf. withdrew, partic. withdrawn) 1) trans. a) to take aside; to draw or call away: “my brother . . . hath withdrawn her father to break with him about it,” Ado II, 1, 162. “advantageous care withdrew me from the odds of multitude,” Troil. V, 4, 23. b) to take back, to retract: wouldst thou w. it (thy vow)? Rom. II, 2, 130.
2) refl. to quit a place, to absent one's self: “her eyes, as murdered with the view, like stars ashamed of day, themselves withdrew,” Ven. 1032. from whence (the camp) he privily withdrew himself, Lucr. Arg. Ven. 1032 w. thyself (from the battle-field), “thou bleedest too much,” H4A V, 4, 2. “I'll w. me and my bloody power,” H6A IV, 2, 8. == to go: whither (the town of Leicester), “if it please you, we may now w. us,” R3 V, 5, 11.
Usually == to retire, to step aside: Gent. V, 4, 18. Wint. II, 2, 16. R2 V, 3, 28. H6C II, 3, 14. R3 III, 4, 43. IV, 4, 8. Tit. I, 43. Oth. IV, 1, 57.
3) intr. to quit a place, to absent one's self: “I know the cause of his --ing,” Meas. III, 2, 140 (== his travel). == to go: “let us w. together,” Meas. I, 1, 82. I, 2, 116. Tit. I, 368. Lr. II, 4, 290. Cymb. IV, 3, 32. “we will w. into the gallery,” Per. II, 2, 58. “I will w. to furnish me with some swift means of death,” Oth. III, 3, 476. == to come (imperatively): “madam, w., the prince, the count . . . are come to fetch you,” Ado III, 4, 100. “if thou say so, w. and prove it too,” Mids. III, 2, 255. “w., my lord, I'll help you to a horse,” R3 V, 4, 8.
== to retire, to step aside: Ado V, 4, 11. LLL V, 2, 308. John V, 2, 29. R2 I, 3, 121. H4A IV, 3, 107. H4B IV, 5, 17. H4B IV, 5, 17 H8 III, 1, 27. Cor. III, 1, 226. Rom. I, 5, 93. III, 1, 54. Hml. III, 1, 55. III, 4, 7. V, 2, 15. Oth. IV, 1, 93. “to w. with you,” Hml. III, 2, 360 (a much vexed passage, probably == to speak a word in private with you).
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