with·​draw·​al | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ(-ə)l How to pronounce withdrawal (audio) , with- \

Definition of withdrawal

1a : the act of taking back or away something that has been granted or possessed
b : removal from a place of deposit or investment
c(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 position
b : an operation by which a military force disengages from the enemy
c(1) : social or emotional detachment
(2) : a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)
3 : retraction, revocation threatened us with withdrawal of consent
4a : the act of drawing someone or something back from or out of a place or position

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web During Trump’s first term, Iranians absorbed the U.S.‘s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the reimposition of sanctions and the assassination of one of its top generals. Robert Hinck, The Conversation, "Russian media may be joining China and Iran in turning on Trump," 20 Oct. 2020 It was accompanied by a $15.1 million withdrawal by Mr. Trump from the company’s capital account. New York Times, "Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business Pursuits," 20 Oct. 2020 Emirati newspaper The National, citing its own unnamed diplomatic sources, said the Assad regime had demanded a complete U.S. withdrawal during Patel and Carstens' visit in August. Tucker Reals, George Baghdadi, Khaled Wassef, CBS News, "Trump secretly sent officials to Syria to try to negotiate release of Austin Tice, sources say," 19 Oct. 2020 Long before the virus hit, Iran's economy was ailing, pummeled by U.S. sanctions after the Trump administration's unilateral withdrawal in 2018 from Tehran's nuclear accord with world powers. Fox News, "Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000 killed," 17 Oct. 2020 With pandemic stimulus talks in Washington gone bust, due to President Trump’s withdrawal Tuesday, bad news arrives for California’s public universities, courts, schools and government employees. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 16 Oct. 2020 And at the end of the day, car companies build and sell cars—even ones that sell sports cars can do without motorsport, as Audi's and Porsche's withdrawal from the World Endurance Championship proves all too well. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Red Bull could quit F1 if new engine rules don’t happen," 16 Oct. 2020 The Sheriff’s Department has established a specific withdrawal protocol for inmates who are placed into custody while addicted to heroin, but medical records and court documents show those policies are not always followed. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fifth inmate dies this year in San Diego County jail," 13 Oct. 2020 The biggest issue, in my opinion, is the unprecedented withdrawal of private companies from large portions of the marketplace including southeast Florida, Tampa Bay and even the Orlando area. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s what Florida insurance experts say about the current cost crisis," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of withdrawal

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of withdrawal was in 1749

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24 Oct 2020

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“Withdrawal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdrawal. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of withdrawal

: 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


with·​draw·​al | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ-əl How to pronounce withdrawal (audio) , with- \

Kids Definition of withdrawal

: an act or instance of withdrawing


with·​draw·​al | \ -ˈdrȯ(ə-)l How to pronounce withdrawal (audio) \

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 drug
b : the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting substance a heroin addict going through withdrawal

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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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