Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of withdrawing, as.
  • noun A retreat or retirement.
  • noun The removal of people from a place, as in the removal of troops from a military position.
  • noun Detachment, as from social or emotional involvement.
  • noun A removal of something that has been deposited, as in an account.
  • noun Discontinuation of the use of an addictive substance.
  • noun The physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies such discontinuation.
  • noun The act or an instance of retracting or revoking.
  • noun Coitus interruptus.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a method of birth control in which coitus is initiated but the penis is deliberately withdrawn before ejaculation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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From withdraw +‎ -al.

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