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 The Washington Examiner reached out to the Trump campaign for comment about Porter Wright’s withdrawal. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Law firm withdraws from representing Trump campaign after Lincoln Project pressure," 13 Nov. 2020 This year’s move to loosen withdrawal rules provides the option to repay the money within three years. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Workforce Inequalities Mean Few Are Dipping Into 401(k) Accounts, Economists Say," 13 Nov. 2020 Alcohol withdrawal is not mentioned in the Wayne County Medical Examiner's report. Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press, "Expert poses new theory on what really killed woman in Harper Woods jail," 12 Nov. 2020 Trump has long talked about getting troops home for the holidays, while military leaders have urged for a more methodical withdrawal that gives them time to get equipment out and to apply pressure on the Taliban during peace talks. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, "Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature," 11 Nov. 2020 The family’s withdrawal came just weeks before the election to determine whether Donald Trump would serve a second term. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Amid White House COVID-19 outbreak, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner pulled their 3 kids from a DC Jewish school," 11 Nov. 2020 This resistance appears to be just as true of his intimate relationships, which developed a pattern of frenzied pursuit followed by withdrawal. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cary Grant’s charm was legendary, but his best character was actually himself," 10 Nov. 2020 And abroad, the influence that the United States once had in climate talks was almost certainly damaged by Mr. Trump’s policy rollbacks and withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Coral Davenport, New York Times, "What Will Trump’s Most Profound Legacy Be? Possibly Climate Damage," 9 Nov. 2020 Neighboring Afghanistan is likely to see a reduction in U.S. troops under a Biden administration, though likely not the full withdrawal pledged by Trump last month. NBC News, "Trade, Covid-19, climate change and more: Host of global issues awaits Biden," 9 Nov. 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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17 Nov 2020

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“Withdrawal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withdrawal. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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