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withdrawal

noun uk   /wɪðˈdrɔː.əl/ us    /-ˈdrɑː-/

withdrawal noun (TAKING OUT)

C2 [C or U] when you take money out of a bank account: The bank became suspicious after several large withdrawals were made from his account in a single week. [C or U] the process or action of a military force moving out of an area: The commander-in-chief was given 36 hours to secure a withdrawal of his troops from the combat zone.

withdrawal noun (NOT AVAILABLE)

C2 [U] the act or process of taking something away so that it is no longer available, or of someone stopping being involved in an activity: Doctors demanded the withdrawal of the drug (from the market) after several cases of dangerous side-effects were reported. Her sudden withdrawal from the championship caused a lot of press speculation about her health.

withdrawal noun (NO CONTACT)

[U] behaviour in which someone prefers to be alone and does not want to talk to other people: Withdrawal is a classic symptom of depression.
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