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From withdraw +‎ -al.





withdrawal (countable and uncountable, plural withdrawals)

  1. Receiving from someone's care what one has earlier entrusted to them. Usually refers to money.
    • 1973, American jurisprudence: a modern comprehensive text statement of American Law, State and Federal, Volume 69, page 852:
      In view of the second aspect of its control function, the Federal Reserve Board prohibits, with specified limited exceptions, the wisthdrawal of securities from general accounts where such withdrawals would undermargin such accounts.
  2. A method of birth control which consists of removing the penis from the vagina before ejaculation.
  3. A type of metabolic shock the body undergoes when a substance (such as a drug) on which a patient is dependent is withheld.
    heroin withdrawal
    nicotine withdrawal
    caffeine withdrawal
  4. An act of withdrawing or a state of being withdrawn.
    • 1950 October, H. C. Casserley, “Locomotive Cavalcade, 1920-1950—4”, in Railway Magazine, page 658:
      On withdrawal [from service], it was restored to its Caledonian blue livery, and is now preserved at St. Rollox.
    • 2023 October 11, Dafydd Pritchard, “Wales 4-0 Gibraltar”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      But in terms of the result, the performance and the management of the players' workloads, the match could not have gone much better for the hosts, save for Wes Burns' first-half withdrawal with what looked like a dislocated shoulder.
  5. The sum of money taken from a bank account.


  • (antonym(s) of receiving from someone's care): deposit

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