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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Synonyms & Antonyms for withdrawal


pullback, pullout, recession, retirement, retreat


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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Ware, who the complaint states was lying in the back seat of the vehicle while Dargartz made the withdrawal, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court in August to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Is the Felony Lane Gang at it again? Man held in ID theft heist," 17 Sep. 2019 And the late withdrawals, a list of talent that includes James Harden, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard? Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Jerry Colangelo on Team USA Collapse: ‘This Will Bother Me Until the 2020 Olympics’," 17 Sep. 2019 For a withdrawal on or before March 15, 2020, all payments and (if applicable) group flight airline tickets payments, will be refunded, less the Application Fee. National Geographic, "Terms & Conditions," 15 Sep. 2019 Hastert stopped paying the man in late 2014 after federal authorities approached him, aware of the suspicious bank withdrawals, to investigate whether the once powerful Republican leader was being victimized. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "As trial approaches, lawyer in Hastert hush-money lawsuit alleges possible perjury," 13 Sep. 2019 The Oakland cancellation was not the only local withdrawal — the bounce house also dropped its date in Santa Rosa last weekend after complaining the lawn at that site had been ruined by a flood. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Bounce house bounces out of Oakland — too much goose poop," 6 Sep. 2019 Zalmay Khalilzad, the diplomat conducting talks with the insurgents of the Taliban regarding an American withdrawal from Afghanistan, declared that the two sides had reached a preliminary deal. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Sep. 2019 The withdrawal of the bill marks the first victory of democracy since the 18th Party Congress. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s Hong Kong narrative is confusing its own people," 5 Sep. 2019 The decision, announced last week, took full effect Monday as limits were lifted on international business transactions, overseas cash withdrawals, and money sent to students studying abroad. BostonGlobe.com, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of withdrawal

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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