What does "withdraw into" mean in the following sentence?

Many depressed people just withdraw into themselves.

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    Have you tried typing the phrase withdraw into into the Google search box? – Michael Rybkin Nov 6 '18 at 5:31

The word withdraw comes from Middle English and still means to draw or take back, like if you withdraw your hand when you're done holding hands with someone.

A newer definition of withdraw is to stay away from others or stop participating in something.

withdraw into oneself means to become introverted or to concern oneself with one's inner thoughts.

I have to struggle to keep from withdrawing into myself.


"Withdraw into oneself" is an idiom and according to TheFreeDictionary it means:

to become introverted; to concern oneself with one's inner thoughts.

For example:

After a few years of being ignored, she withdrew into herself.

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