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withdrawal

noun
 
 
/wɪðˈdrɔːəl/
MONEY [C] the act of taking money out of a bank account: This account allows you to make withdrawals whenever you want to.Withdrawing money
STOP [C, U] the act of stopping doing something, for example helping someone or giving money: [usually singular] the withdrawal of financial supportStop having or doing something
MILITARY [C, U] the movement of a military force out of an area: [usually singular] the withdrawal of troopsArrivals and departuresThe armed forces generally
DRUGS [U] the unpleasant feelings that someone gets when they stop taking a drug that they have taken for a long time: withdrawal symptoms Drug addictionAddiction
ALONE [U] behaviour which shows someone prefers to be alone and does not want to talk to other people: Withdrawal can be a symptom of depression.Secrecy and privacy
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