draw·​down | \ ˈdrȯ-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce drawdown (audio) \

Definition of drawdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lowering of a water level (as in a reservoir)
2a : the process of depleting
b : reduction

draw down

\ ˌdrȯ-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce draw down (audio) \
drew down; drawn down; drawing down; draws down

Definition of draw down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to deplete by using or spending

Synonyms & Antonyms for drawdown

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of drawdown in a Sentence

Verb I drew down my bank account just paying for tuition.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rocket systems would be part of Pentagon drawdown authority, so would involve taking weapons from U.S. inventory and getting them into Ukraine quickly. Lolita C. Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2022 Earlier on Friday, Kirby said that the administration had approximately $250 million in drawdown authority left. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The White House says nearly all of the $3.5 billion in drawdown authority Congress provided last month for military assistance is depleted. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 In particular, this is the eighth tranche of U.S. assistance from the Pentagon's existing stockpile, using what's known as presidential drawdown authority to expedite delivery. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2022 President Joe Biden is expected to use his drawdown authority to authorize the new aid package for Ukraine. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 In response to Stoltenberg’s questioning of a drawdown, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov faulted the ability of NATO systems to analyze what was happening. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Feb. 2022 Biden noted that Russia still has 150,000 troops amassed near Ukraine's border and the U.S. had seen no evidence of a drawdown. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2022 The intervention -- and now ongoing drawdown -- of the French military, the arrival of European Union forces, and the Pentagon's sustained support mean billions have been spent in attempts to bolster the local security forces. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of drawdown


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1949, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2022

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“Drawdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawdown. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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