Withdrawal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɪðˈdrɔːəl|  American pronunciation of the word withdrawal
Brit.  |wɪðˈdrɔː(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word withdrawal


- a retraction of a previously held position (syn: backdown, climb-down)
- the act of taking out money or other capital
- the act of withdrawing
- avoiding emotional involvement (syn: detachment)
- the act of withdrawing blood, tumors, etc.
- the act of ceasing to participate in an activity
- a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation (syn: onanism)
- formal separation from an alliance or federation (syn: secession)
- the termination of drug taking


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.

Customers can use the machine to make withdrawals of up to £250 a day.

Germany's withdrawal from the talks

the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam

the nurse was expert at the withdrawal of blood

...the forfeiture for early withdrawal of the investment savings will be an amount equal to 10 percent of the investment...

...the army's precipitate withdrawal from the field of battle...

They gave him drugs to counteract his withdrawal symptoms.

Marijuana has few withdrawal effects, and this has given rise to the mistaken belief that it is not addictive.

She was forced to face the ordeal of withdrawal symptoms.

a phased withdrawal of military forces

UN forces made a strategic withdrawal.

Word forms

singular: withdrawal
plural: withdrawals
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