1. The act of withdrawing.
2. Avoiding emotional involvement; SYN. detachment.
3. The act of taking out money or other capital.
4. A retraction of a previously held position; SYN. backdown, climb-down.
5. The termination of drug taking; SYN. drug withdrawal.
In a military action, an orderly movement of forces in a rearward direction in order to occupy more favorable ground. It is voluntary and controlled, unlike a retreat.