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

n the act of withdrawing

“the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam”
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

n the act of ceasing to participate in an activity

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the act of dividing or disconnecting

n a retraction of a previously held position

backdown, climb-down
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abjuration, recantation, retraction
a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion

n avoiding emotional involvement

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unbiased impartial unconcern

n formal separation from an alliance or federation

breakaway, breaking away
the act of breaking away or withdrawing from
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the act of dividing or disconnecting

n the act of taking out money or other capital

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

n 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

n a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation

coitus interruptus, onanism, pulling out, withdrawal method
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birth control, birth prevention, family planning
limiting the number of children born

n the termination of drug taking

drug withdrawal
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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