Definition of withdrawal in English:

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Pronunciation: /wiT͟Hˈdrôl/
Pronunciation: /wiTHˈdrôl/


1The action of withdrawing something: the withdrawal of legal aid
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  • Cr Jeffery offered to withdraw his withdrawal, but the mayor ruled it against meeting procedure.
  • High-intensity trauma cases or withdrawal of life support share similarities with potential organ donation cases.
  • During the 1990s families were forced to cope with high unemployment, benefit cuts, and the cancellation or withdrawal of basic health and social services.
removal, abolition, cancellation, discontinuation, termination, elimination
1.1An act of taking money out of an account.
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  • Police said she had made withdrawals from her bank account on both days, but they had received no reports of anyone jumping into the Thames.
  • Pre-authorized withdrawals from bank accounts might have been affected as well.
  • Cashcards normally constitute credit tokens unless the account from which withdrawals are made cannot go into debit.
1.2A sum of money withdrawn from an account: a $30,000 cash withdrawal
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  • An amount equalling the cash withdrawal would typically be deposited back into the account and then wired to a European bank.
  • The company didn't investigate further, stating that the $600 cash withdrawal was not large enough for them to prosecute.
  • A few years ago, I left my £20 withdrawal in an HSBC cash machine by mistake.
1.3The action of ceasing to participate in an activity: her withdrawal from the commercial art world
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  • It could also lead to isolation from peers or withdrawal from activities, which could increase the risk for depression.
  • Be alert to symptoms of bullying, such as changed behaviors, passivity, and withdrawal from group activities
  • In school-age children, depression can manifest as underachievement and withdrawal from activities.
departure, pullout, exit, exodus, evacuation, retreat
1.4The process of ceasing to take an addictive drug.
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  • When a mouse's running wheel is taken away, its brain shows a jump in neurological activity much like the symptoms seen during withdrawal from drug addiction.
  • That's right, and two things that predicted maintenance of normal blood pressure after drug withdrawal were salt restriction and weight loss.
  • They are tending to their addiction - keeping the physical devils of drug withdrawal at bay.
informal detox, (going) cold turkey
1.5Coitus interruptus.
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  • Withdrawal does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
  • Withdrawal is not a reliable way to prevent pregnancy and is considered the least effective method of birth control.
  • Some practised withdrawal and rhythm methods while others used the morning-after pill, or just cleaned themselves (females) after sexual intercourse.


withdrawal symptoms

Pronunciation: /wiT͟Hˈdrô(ə)l ˌsim(p)təmz/ Pronunciation: /wiTHˈdrô(ə)l ˌsim(p)təmz/
The unpleasant physical reaction that accompanies the process of ceasing to take an addictive drug.
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  • In a police cell, he asked to see a doctor and stole 26 tablets used to help drug addicts cope with withdrawal symptoms.
  • Youth develop tobacco addiction and experience withdrawal symptoms similar to adults when they try to abstain from smoking.
  • There is no evidence that LSD produces physical withdrawal symptoms when chronic use is stopped.

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Syllabification: with·draw·al

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