from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of withdrawing, as:
  • n. A retreat or retirement.
  • n. Retreat of a military force in the face of enemy attack or after a defeat.
  • n. Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.
  • n. A removal from a place or position of something that has been deposited.
  • n. Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.
  • n. The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.
  • n. The act or an instance of retracting or revoking: feared the withdrawal of his parents' permission.
  • n. Coitus interruptus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Receiving from someone's care what one has earlier entrusted to them. Usually refers to money.
  • n. A method of birth control which consists of removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.
  • n. 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
  • n. An act of withdrawing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of withdrawing; withdrawment; retreat; retraction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of withdrawing or taking back; a recalling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation
  • n. the termination of drug taking
  • n. formal separation from an alliance or federation
  • n. the act of withdrawing blood, tumors, etc.
  • n. a retraction of a previously held position
  • n. the act of ceasing to participate in an activity
  • n. avoiding emotional involvement
  • n. the act of withdrawing
  • n. the act of taking out money or other capital


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From withdraw +‎ -al.



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