1. withdraw from, remove oneself from
pull out of the race/competition/hat
To 'pull out of' something means to withdraw or physically remove yourself from something or somewhere: "I was encouraged to pull out of the competition due to age restrictions." "Medical Aid was forced to pull out of the city due to ongoing danger and threats of violence." When you talk about a bus or stain leaving a station or platform, you can say they 'pulled out of' the station or 'pulled out from' platform. A car can 'pull out' from a parking space onto the road or you can say it 'pulled out' from the correct position on the road with the aim of overtaking another vehicle.