Definition of withdrawal
1a : the act of taking back or away something that has been granted or possessedb : removal from a place of deposit or investmentc (1) : the discontinuance of administration or use of a drug (2) : the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting drug a heroin addict going through withdrawal
2a : retreat or retirement especially into a more secluded or less exposed place or positionb : an operation by which a military force disengages from the enemyc (1) : social or emotional detachment (2) : a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)
4a : the act of drawing someone or something back from or out of a place or positionb : coitus interruptus
Examples of withdrawal in a Sentence
The general authorized the withdrawal of troops from the fields.
She made a withdrawal from her checking account.
He underwent rehab to help him through his withdrawal from heroin.
She experienced symptoms of nicotine withdrawal after she quit smoking.
Recent Examples of withdrawal from the Web
The government has just published its EU withdrawal bill and is promising at least seven other Brexit bills, ranging from immigration and agriculture to trade and customs.
Faith leaders will also launch a social media campaign calling for the withdrawal healthcare proposal using the hashtags #BlackClergyUprising #BlackClergyVoices.
In an attempt to get clean, Ellis suffered from alcohol withdrawal which resulted in a blood infection, kidney shutdown and heart complications, his family told THR.
Diarrhea and vomiting from withdrawal can make a person dehydrated, and that can lead to severe complications, even death in some cases.
Shelton and Levine both tell me this is pretty rare, since SSRI withdrawal symptoms usually go away after a few weeks or months.
Mr Gove has initiated Britain’s withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention.
Exelco’s financial troubles are another blow to an industry that’s struggling with thin manufacturing margins and the withdrawal of trade finance.
Late last month, Saudi Arabia and its allies submitted a list of 13 demands to Qatar, including the closure of Al Jazeera; the severing of links with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival; and the withdrawal of Turkish troops.
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First Known Use of withdrawal
WITHDRAWAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of withdrawal for English Language Learners
: an act of moving something away or taking something away
: an act of ending your involvement in something
: the act of taking money out of a bank account
WITHDRAWAL Defined for Kids
Definition of withdrawal for Students
: an act or instance of withdrawing
Medical Definition of withdrawal
1a: a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)b: social or emotional detachment
2a: the discontinuance of administration or use of a drugb: the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting substance a heroin addict going through withdrawal
Legal Definition of withdrawal
1 : the act or fact of withdrawing withdrawal from a conspiracy
2 : removal of money from a place of deposit or investment
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