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- n. a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation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
From withdraw + -al. (Wiktionary)