Definition of withdrawal in US English:



  • 1The action of withdrawing something.

    ‘the withdrawal of legal aid’
    • ‘Blackwell encouraged academics to promote the withdrawal of funding from Israeli institutions.’
    • ‘During the 1990s families were forced to cope with high unemployment, benefit cuts, and the cancellation or withdrawal of basic health and social services.’
    • ‘High-intensity trauma cases or withdrawal of life support share similarities with potential organ donation cases.’
    • ‘Cr Jeffery offered to withdraw his withdrawal, but the mayor ruled it against meeting procedure.’
    • ‘The October 2003 withdrawal of legal aid funding for the litigation was readily justifiable on scientific grounds.’
    • ‘An eventual complete withdrawal of the drug appears likely.’
    removal, taking away
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    1. 1.1 An act of taking money out of an account.
      • ‘None of his belongings had been taken, his mobile phone has not been used and no withdrawals have been made from his bank account.’
      • ‘RBS, which owns NatWest, has claimed publicly that it does not charge for withdrawals at its machines.’
      • ‘Its objection was to accounts which simply blocked any withdrawals whatsoever.’
      • ‘Police said she had made withdrawals from her bank account on both days, but they had received no reports of anyone jumping into the Thames.’
      • ‘Police are asking the public to be vigilant when making withdrawals from ATM's.’
      • ‘Miss Jarman alone made payments into and withdrawals from the accounts.’
      • ‘These conversations apparently were about money withdrawals, theft of a bank card and a false card.’
      • ‘Another point to be tackled is the claim that charging machines only account for five per cent of withdrawals.’
      • ‘Mr Michael Gleeson, prosecuting, said two large withdrawals were made from one particular account.’
      • ‘In 1999, bank withdrawals by an Adelaide woman were understood to have triggered an alert.’
      • ‘It was one of three withdrawals Mr Foley made from the account he opened in 1979.’
      • ‘Pre-authorized withdrawals from bank accounts might have been affected as well.’
      • ‘Fixed deposit accounts may also not allow any withdrawals throughout the five-year period.’
      • ‘Cashcards normally constitute credit tokens unless the account from which withdrawals are made cannot go into debit.’
      • ‘Rates also tend to be higher on accounts that restrict the number of withdrawals per year.’
      • ‘Bank withdrawals, mostly in small notes, shot up by the equivalent of half a billion dollars in the week before the vote.’
      • ‘This means that should any unexpected large withdrawals be made, both account holders will be notified.’
      • ‘Some saving products pay a bonus if you don't make any withdrawals from the account.’
      • ‘The fraudsters then made rapid withdrawals from as many accounts as possible overnight.’
      • ‘For example, Ulster Bank does not permit any withdrawals from its fixed account.’
    2. 1.2 A sum of money withdrawn from an account.
      ‘a $30,000 cash withdrawal’
      • ‘An amount equalling the cash withdrawal would typically be deposited back into the account and then wired to a European bank.’
      • ‘A few years ago, I left my £20 withdrawal in an HSBC cash machine by mistake.’
      • ‘The company didn't investigate further, stating that the $600 cash withdrawal was not large enough for them to prosecute.’
    3. 1.3 The action of ceasing to participate in an activity.
      ‘her withdrawal from the commercial art world’
      • ‘The difference between disengagement and withdrawal may be significant for Gazans, but the entire conflict will not pivot upon it.’
      • ‘The withdrawal from participation means not merely a uniquely privileged identity but also a stifling of periodic urges to act, advise or take a hand in political affairs.’
      • ‘The Act also provides that export agreements should not restrict the possibilities of participation or withdrawal.’
      • ‘It is also possible to detect signs of withdrawal and disengagement.’
      • ‘In school-age children, depression can manifest as underachievement and withdrawal from activities.’
      • ‘It is a also an ethic of participation rather than withdrawal from the world and of resonance between man and nature.’
      • ‘The question of unilateral withdrawal is not just a political but a moral dilemma.’
      • ‘Particularly after Israel's withdrawal from the southern Lebanese security zone, Lebanon is obligated to restore order to the area.’
      • ‘Putting aside the disappointment of Tesna's withdrawal, I think it's inevitable that the Unions will play active roles in insolvency processes.’
      • ‘The behaviours generated include withdrawal from social activities and a search for relief.’
      • ‘If we can convince the country of that then we are in a good position to get them to listen to our alternative plans for withdrawal as a tactical retreat in the bigger war on terrorism.’
      • ‘I believe that the president's statement about an immediate Israeli withdrawal was also clear.’
      • ‘The devaluation was recognized as more than a technical adjustment: it was a clear sign of French disengagement, portending withdrawal a year later.’
      • ‘Be alert to symptoms of bullying, such as changed behaviors, passivity, and withdrawal from group activities’
      • ‘There is no shadow of doubt that Syria has begun a complete withdrawal of its forces from Lebanon.’
      • ‘Whatever the difficulties were with cross-service coordination, many people saw it as a healthy departure from the humiliating withdrawal from Vietnam.’
      • ‘It could also lead to isolation from peers or withdrawal from activities, which could increase the risk for depression.’
      • ‘Such parental pressure, could lead to a distorted perspective, disappointment, defeatism, withdrawal, hurt, anger and much worse.’
      • ‘There was sufficient confidence from McCain in 1978 to believe that a fourth victory was not beyond the scope of the great horse until injury brought his withdrawal, and retirement, on the eve of the race.’
      • ‘The withdrawal of the state from business activities which it cannot perform well is a key prerequisite for a successful structural reform.’
      departure, pull-out, exit, exodus, evacuation, retirement, retreat, disengagement
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    4. 1.4 The process of ceasing to take an addictive drug.
      • ‘He claimed that the practice of giving fishermen a strong opiate drug for withdrawal was just as dangerous as heroin as there was no way of monitoring its use at sea.’
      • ‘She is there to help patients through depression, withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, medication's side effects and other issues that come with having the disease.’
      • ‘That's right, and two things that predicted maintenance of normal blood pressure after drug withdrawal were salt restriction and weight loss.’
      • ‘It can be applied in general mental-emotional states such postnatal depression, bereavement, anxiety, withdrawal from drugs, anorexia, sexual abuse and panic attacks.’
      • ‘As well as new drug withdrawal and mental health programmes there is access to the Samaritans, Alcoholics Anonymous, Rape Crisis and other agencies.’
      • ‘In withdrawal, stronger neurological activity creates the desire to relapse, or return to an addictive habit.’
      • ‘Acute and postacute drug withdrawal can affect sleep in recovering addicts.’
      • ‘Frenois and his team say their work is an important step in helping to determine how specific environments associated with drug withdrawal might encourage drug seeking.’
      • ‘Patients should be fully informed of the risks and benefits of these medications, including the risks of dependency and of withdrawal after abrupt discontinuation.’
      • ‘They are tending to their addiction - keeping the physical devils of drug withdrawal at bay.’
      • ‘Sure enough, the drug withdrawal is starting to kick in.’
      • ‘Fortunately, she elected to remain in hospital as she and her unborn baby were both suffering seizures from addiction withdrawal.’
      • ‘East of Main, the place becomes a surreal smorgasbord of prostitutes shivering from drug withdrawal and the ravages of AIDS.’
      • ‘The experience at Scotland's Cornton Vale women's prison is also highlighted as demonstrating the impact drug withdrawal can have on the mental health of prisoners.’
      • ‘The earlier exposure also worsened the decline in brain activity during nicotine withdrawal and led to an increase in the amount of brain cell injury induced by the drug, they reported.’
      • ‘Her prison file shows that when she began her sentence, she ‘went through the drug withdrawal with the minimum amount of discomfort’, and her clinical records confirm this.’
      • ‘Drug withdrawal is everything you've ever heard.’
      • ‘When a mouse's running wheel is taken away, its brain shows a jump in neurological activity much like the symptoms seen during withdrawal from drug addiction.’
      • ‘It's like having the flu, a hangover and drug withdrawal all at once.’
      • ‘The studies were usually withdrawal studies contrasting withdrawal to placebo after a symptom-free period.’
    5. 1.5 Coitus interruptus.
      • ‘Withdrawal is not a reliable way to prevent pregnancy and is considered the least effective method of birth control.’
      • ‘Withdrawal does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.’
      • ‘Some practised withdrawal and rhythm methods while others used the morning-after pill, or just cleaned themselves (females) after sexual intercourse.’


  • withdrawal symptoms

    • The unpleasant physical reaction that accompanies the process of ceasing to take an addictive drug.

      • ‘The road addicts are really suffering withdrawal symptoms tonight, and their screams are truly touching.’
      • ‘He had only sold heroin to the policeman because he believed him to be a fellow drug user suffering from withdrawal symptoms.’
      • ‘Youth develop tobacco addiction and experience withdrawal symptoms similar to adults when they try to abstain from smoking.’
      • ‘Secondly, injecting drug users who experience withdrawal symptoms will go to great lengths to alleviate them.’
      • ‘In a police cell, he asked to see a doctor and stole 26 tablets used to help drug addicts cope with withdrawal symptoms.’
      • ‘There is no evidence that LSD produces physical withdrawal symptoms when chronic use is stopped.’
      • ‘This makes it easier by decreasing their experience of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they quit.’
      • ‘It alleviates withdrawal symptoms so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved.’
      • ‘In humans, the most commonly occurring withdrawal symptoms are headache and fatigue.’
      • ‘The gum is a substitute source of nicotine and reduces the withdrawal symptoms during the quitting process.’