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noun withdrawal pronunciation in British English /wɪðˈdrɔːəl/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the act of stopping something or of taking something away
    withdrawal of:

    Their withdrawal of support forced the minister to resign.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the act of no longer being involved in something
    withdrawal from:

    Illness led to her withdrawal from the contest.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the process of taking an amount of money out of your bank account, or the amount of money that you take out
    make a withdrawal:

    You can make a withdrawal from most cash machines.

  4. 4
    [singular] a statement that says that you want people to ignore a remark that you made earlier

    He’s just announced the withdrawal of his resignation.

  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] the removal of an army from an area of fighting
  6. 6
    [uncountable] a period during which someone feels ill because they have stopped taking a drug or other substance that they are addicted to
  7. 7
    [uncountable] behaviour in which someone prefers to be alone and does not want to talk to other people

    The patient’s withdrawal can be a sign of depression.

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