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    a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation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


  1. withdrawal

    Withdrawal generally refers to the act of taking or removing something from a particular place or situation. It can also refer to the process of discontinuing or ceasing to use a substance or activity, often leading to certain symptoms in case of dependency. Additionally, in finance, it refers to the act of taking money out from an account.

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. Gregory Meeks:

    Disentangling ourselves from the war in Afghanistan was never going to be easy, and for my friends who presume a clean solution for the withdrawal existed, I would welcome hearing what exactly a smooth withdrawal from a messy, chaotic, 20-year war looks like. In fact, I’ve yet to hear the clean withdrawal option, because I don’t believe one exists.

  2. Iain Brassington:

    There is genuine confusion about what constitutes euthanasia and it's quite tempting to conflate it with the withdrawal of treatment, what's crucial is the intention.

  3. Marc Polymeropoulos:

    A full Marc Polymeropoulos and NATO withdrawal speeds the eventual collapse of the Afghan government and the unviability of the Marc Polymeropoulos embassy in Kabul, which then leads us to a pre-9 / 11 collection posture where we have nothing in the country.

  4. Christopher Miller:

    The Russian play in Ukraine is directly related to the weakness and incompetence we displayed to the world with our tragically flawed withdrawal from Afghanistan.

  5. Jeff Zients:

    America's withdrawal from the international arena has impeded progress on the global response and left us more vulnerable to future pandemics, he will take action to cease the previous administration's process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization, and the Biden/Harris administration will participate in the WHO executive board meeting this week.

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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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