Definition of withdrawal in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɪðˈdrɔː(ə)l/


[mass noun]
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, taking away;
abolition, cancellation, discontinuation, ending, stopping, termination, elimination
1.1 [count noun] An 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.
1.2The action of ceasing to participate in an activity: Italy’s withdrawal from NATO
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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, pull-out, exit, exodus, evacuation, retirement, retreat, disengagement
1.3The 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.


withdrawal symptoms

Pronunciation: /wɪðˈdrɔːəl ˌsɪm(p)təmz/
The unpleasant physical reaction that accompanies the process of ceasing to take an addictive drug: methadone provides a way off heroine that minimizes withdrawal symptoms sports fans suffering withdrawal symptoms since the end of the World Cup
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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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