What does withdrawal mean?

Definitions for withdrawal
wɪðˈdrɔ əl, -ˈdrɔl, wɪθ-with·draw·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. withdrawal, backdown, climb-downnoun

    a retraction of a previously held position

  2. withdrawalnoun

    the act of taking out money or other capital

  3. withdrawalnoun

    the act of withdrawing

    "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"

  4. withdrawal, detachmentnoun

    avoiding emotional involvement

  5. withdrawalnoun

    the act of withdrawing blood, tumors, etc.

    "the nurse was expert at the withdrawal of blood"

  6. withdrawalnoun

    the act of ceasing to participate in an activity

  7. coitus interruptus, withdrawal method, withdrawal, pulling out, onanismnoun

    a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation

  8. secession, withdrawalnoun

    formal separation from an alliance or federation

  9. withdrawal, drug withdrawalnoun

    the termination of drug taking


  1. withdrawalnoun

    Receiving from someone's care what one has earlier entrusted to them. Usually refers to money.

  2. withdrawalnoun

    A method of birth control which consists of removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.

  3. withdrawalnoun

    A type of metabolic shock the body undergoes when a substance, usually a toxin such as heroin, to which a patient is addicted is withheld. Sometimes used with the substance as modifier

  4. withdrawalnoun

    An act of withdrawing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Withdrawalnoun

    the act of withdrawing; withdrawment; retreat; retraction


  1. Withdrawal

    Withdrawal is the group of symptoms that occur upon the abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of medications or recreational drugs. In order to experience the symptoms of withdrawal, one must have first developed a physical or mental dependence. This happens after consuming one or more substances for a certain period of time, which is both dose dependent and varies based upon the drug consumed. For example, prolonged use of an anti-depressant is most likely to cause a much different reaction when discontinued than the repeated use of an opioid, such as heroin. The route of administration, whether intravenous, intramuscular, oral or otherwise, can also play a role in determining the severity of withdrawal symptoms. There are different stages of withdrawal as well. Generally, a person will start to feel worse and worse, hit a plateau, and then the symptoms begin to dissipate. However, withdrawal from certain drugs can be fatal and therefore the abrupt discontinuation of any type of drug is not recommended. The term "cold turkey" is used to describe the sudden cessation use of a substance and the ensuing physiologic manifestations.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'withdrawal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4362

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'withdrawal' in Nouns Frequency: #1677

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of withdrawal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of withdrawal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of withdrawal in a Sentence

  1. Greg Valliere:

    There may be a reassessment of the withdrawal of stimulus, including at The Fed. The Fed may be forced to wait a little longer on its first interest rate hike.

  2. Theresa May:

    (European Commission) President (Jean-Claude) Juncker followed Prime Minister May's announcement this morning without personal joy, the President very much liked and appreciated working with Prime Minister May. He will equally respect and establish working relations with any new prime minister, whomever it may be. Our position on the withdrawal agreement — there is no change to that.

  3. Adam Bisaga:

    If addicts take it properly, they have no cravings, they have no withdrawal, and they feel 'normal,' and that's why the medication is so effective.

  4. Michael McCaul:

    As the entire House Foreign Affairs Committee saw in this week’s hearing, Secretary Blinken struggled to defend the haphazard decisions that he and President Biden made that led to the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. This week I announced that Committee Republicans hired an investigator to join our team as we look into this systemic failure, and I hope that we are able to work together to come to an accurate conclusion and determine how this absolute tragedy could have been avoided.

  5. William Hansen:

    The whole field is sort of in withdrawal.

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  • اِنْسِحابArabic
  • Entzug, EntnahmeGerman
  • απόσυρση, ανάληψη, τράβηγμα, στερητικό σύνδρομο, αποχώρηση, ανάκληση, διακοπτόμενη συνουσίαGreek
  • síndrome de abstinencia, coitus interruptusSpanish
  • nosto, vierotusoireet, vieroitus, keskeytetty yhdyntä, vetäytyminen, poisvetäminen, ottoFinnish
  • sevrage, coït interrompu, manque, retraitFrench
  • togailScottish Gaelic
  • משיכהHebrew
  • 禁断症状, 出金, 膣外射精, 引き出しJapanese
  • izvešana, pārtrauktais dzimumakts, lomkas, izņemšana, abstinences simptomiLatvian
  • unuhangaMāori
  • síndrome de abstinência, retirada, coito interrompidoPortuguese
  • ломка, снятие, выводRussian
  • uttag, abstinensSwedish
  • ఉపసంహరణTelugu

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