withdrawal

noun
with·​draw·​al | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ(-ə)l, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for withdrawal

Synonyms

pullback, pullout, recession, retirement, retreat

Antonyms

advance, advancement

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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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This withdrawal echoes louder in the Middle East than Mr. Pompeo’s words. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pompeo’s Words, Trump’s Withdrawal," 11 Jan. 2019 There is no clearer example of this than the misconceptions surrounding buprenorphine and methadone, which stave off withdrawal and cravings to stabilize a person’s drug use. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 The hospital wanted to hold her daughter five days to monitor for withdrawal. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Inside the Philly courtroom where you're not allowed to speak," 21 May 2018 The leaders are expected to agree to meet again in mid-November to sign Britain's withdrawal agreement, hopefully leaving enough time for parliaments to endorse the deal. Fox News, "EU leaders to tackle Brexit, migration failures at summit," 18 Sep. 2018 Britain’s withdrawal agreement, which is supposed to be signed in October or soon afterwards, need cover only the principles of the future trade and migration relationship. The Economist, "The EU digests Britain’s new Brexit plan," 11 July 2018 When leaders met at the European Council in December to assess progress on negotiations toward a withdrawal agreement, tensions quickly became apparent. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 Trump’s call for a troop withdrawal bucks the advice of his top national security team. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "White House: US mission in Syria coming to 'rapid end'," 2 Oct. 2018 That winter, my mother checked into a psychiatric hospital in Connecticut to negotiate her withdrawal from Seconal, a barbiturate she’d been prescribed as a sleeping pill. Fernanda Eberstadt, Vogue, "Wild, Free, and Utterly Lost—Writer Fernanda Eberstadt on the Panic and Pitfalls of Post-Collegiate Life," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of withdrawal

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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withdrawal

noun

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

withdrawal

noun
with·​draw·​al | \ wit͟h-ˈdrȯ-əl, with-\

Kids Definition of withdrawal

: an act or instance of withdrawing

withdrawal

noun
with·​draw·​al | \ -ˈdrȯ(ə-)l \

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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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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