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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The next best strategy is to review the implications of loans and withdrawals before the need arises. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How to make your retirement earnings recession-proof," 8 Sep. 2019 Within seconds, the suit says, a $182.50 withdrawal was made on his card account from an Arizona Walmart. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Retirees, veterans sue over Direct Express debit card fraud," 6 Sep. 2019 The withdrawal of the bill might have been satisfactory a few months ago, but the movement has since broadened in scope. The Editors, National Review, "Waiting Anxiously in Hong Kong," 5 Sep. 2019 The withdrawal may be an attempt to quell protests as Oct. 1, the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, draws closer. Los Angeles Times, "Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdraws extradition bill," 4 Sep. 2019 But a pro-government lawmaker warned that the bill's withdrawal was not enough to end the protests, which have increasingly focused on greater democracy and demands for Lam's resignation. Katie Tam, chicagotribune.com, "Hong Kong has withdrawn an extradition bill that sparked months of protests," 4 Sep. 2019 The withdrawal is reminiscent of what happened to Planned Parenthood’s Colorado affiliate 20 years ago. Jessica Seaman, The Denver Post, "Checkup Denver: Planned Parenthood leaves federal Title X program, mystery vaping-related illness and more Colorado health news," 26 Aug. 2019 Michael Tien, a moderate pro-Beijing lawmaker, said withdrawal alone might have been enough to calm the protests in mid-June. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests," 5 Aug. 2019 The babies go through treatment for drug withdrawal before they're discharged from the hospital, but that doesn't mean the problems end there. Elizabeth Cohen And John Bonifield, CNN, "Babies exposed to drugs are kicked out of other daycares. They come here instead," 23 Aug. 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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to make a temporary encampment

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