withdrawal

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The associated fee is $575 per applicant — or, as critics note, more than what the World Bank estimates an average Afghan earned annually before the U.S. withdrawal. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Three years later, Halstead was back in Vietnam to photograph the U.S. withdrawal from Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Images of the chaos at the Kabul airport during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last year were shared in more than 700 publications, according to Maxar; the number of publications that have used Maxar images from Ukraine may well be higher. Jordan G. Teicher, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 In Afghanistan, intelligence agencies had predicted the government and its forces could hold on for at least six months after the U.S. withdrawal. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Events such as the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer have cemented that view, edging the countries closer to Russia and China. Rory Jones, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 Boebert, a freshman from Colorado, said her comments were made in defense of the 13 service members who were killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last August. Farnoush Amiri, chicagotribune.com, 3 Mar. 2022 DeSantis said Russian President Vladimir Putin likely decided to invade Ukraine after witnessing how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan played out. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 Delivering the loudest heckling of Biden during the speech, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado blamed Biden for the 13 service members who were killed during the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan. Farnoush Amiri, ajc, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Withdrawal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdrawal. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for withdrawal

withdrawal

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

Kids Definition of withdrawal

: an act or instance of withdrawing

withdrawal

noun
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

withdrawal

noun
with·​draw·​al

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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