withdrawal

noun with·draw·al \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ(-ə)l , with- \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018
1 a : 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
2 a : 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
4 a : the act of drawing someone or something back from or out of a place or position

Examples of withdrawal in a Sentence

  1. The general authorized the withdrawal of troops from the fields.

  2. She made a withdrawal from her checking account.

  3. He underwent rehab to help him through his withdrawal from heroin.

  4. She experienced symptoms of nicotine withdrawal after she quit smoking.

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First Known Use of withdrawal

1749

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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withdrawal Synonyms


WITHDRAWAL Defined for English Language Learners

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


WITHDRAWAL Defined for Kids

withdrawal

noun with·draw·al \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ-əl , with- \
: an act or instance of withdrawing

Medical Dictionary

withdrawal

noun with·draw·al \ -ˈdrȯ(ə-)l \
1 a : a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states)
b : social or emotional detachment
2 a : 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

Law Dictionary

withdrawal

noun with·draw·al
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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