Withdrawal is when you take something out, like making a withdrawal from your bank account.

When you announced you were no longer running for president, your withdrawal from the race disappointed your many supporters. Withdrawal is also used to describe the painful experience that results when you stop taking an addictive drug (when you "take it out" of your system). The state of being emotionally detached is called withdrawal. If a country terminates an agreement like a treaty, that's a withdrawal too. Remember that withdrawal ends in "wal" and not just "wl."

Definitions of withdrawal
  1. noun
    the act of withdrawing
    “the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam”
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    an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
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    effacement, self-effacement
    withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous
    the act of withdrawing or going backward (especially to escape something hazardous or unpleasant)
    retirement, retreat
    withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation
    the act of evacuating; leaving a place in an orderly fashion; especially for protection
    breaking camp
    abandonment, defection, desertion
    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
    (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops)
    (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat
    receding, recession
    the act of becoming more distant
    medevac, medical evacuation, medivac
    the evacuation of persons (usually by air transportation) to a place where they can receive medical care
    abscondment, decampment
    the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
    absence without leave, unauthorized absence
    unauthorized military absence
    ideological defection from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
    disengagement, fallback, pullout
    to break off a military action with an enemy
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    departure, going, going away, leaving
    the act of departing
  2. noun
    the act of ceasing to participate in an activity
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    the act of dividing or disconnecting
  3. noun
    a retraction of a previously held position
    synonyms: backdown, climb-down
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    abjuration, recantation, retraction
    a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion
  4. noun
    avoiding emotional involvement
    synonyms: detachment
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    unbiased impartial unconcern
  5. noun
    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    synonyms: secession
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    breakaway, breaking away
    the act of breaking away or withdrawing from
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    the act of dividing or disconnecting
  6. noun
    the act of taking out money or other capital
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    bank withdrawal
    the withdrawal of money from your account at a bank
    the withdrawal of capital from a country or corporation
    bank run
    the concerted action of depositors who try to withdraw their money from a bank because they think it will fail
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    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
  7. noun
    the act of withdrawing blood, tumors, etc.
    “the nurse was expert at the withdrawal of blood”
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    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
  8. noun
    a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation
  9. noun
    the termination of drug taking
    synonyms: drug withdrawal
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    cold turkey
    complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
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