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Definition of "withdrawal" []

  • The act or process of withdrawing, as: (noun)
  • A retreat or retirement. (noun)
  • Retreat of a military force in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat. (noun)
  • Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement. (noun)
  • A removal from a place or position of something that has been deposited. (noun)
  • An act or process of withdrawing; retreat, removal, or detachment (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The period a drug addict goes through following abrupt termination in the use of narcotics, usually characterized by physical and mental symptoms (withdrawal symptoms) (noun)

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Use "withdrawal" in a sentence
  • "And the deadline Obama set to begin withdrawal is nine months away."
  • "The analogy of giving more alcohol to an alcoholic in withdrawal is quite apt."
  • "Instead, it is a troubled and uncertain withdrawal from the mimetic closure of defensive polemic and sympathetic attachmentfor the sake of something aesthetic."