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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for drawdown

Synonyms: Verb

absorb, burn, consume, deplete, devour, drain, exhaust, expend, play out, spend, use up

Antonyms: Verb

renew, replace

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of drawdown in a Sentence


I drew down my bank account just paying for tuition.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Previous measures have included a near-total drawdown of the U.S. Embassy presence in Havana and the transfer of U.S. immigrant visa services for Cubans to Guyana, a country nearly two thousand miles away. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Mexico, Cuba, and Trump’s Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy," 11 June 2019 But what prompted his demand in recent days for a U.S. troop drawdown isn’t clear. Craig Nelson, WSJ, "Trump Withdrawal Plan Alters Calculus on Ground in Afghanistan," 21 Dec. 2018 Photo: handout/Reuters Israeli officials have expressed concern that a quick drawdown of American troops could give Iran an opportunity to expand its presence and influence in Syria. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel Hits Iranian Targets in Syria After Attack on Golan Heights," 21 Jan. 2019 Tuesday's diplomatic setback raises fresh questions about how the U.S. would protect its allies in the fight against IS and also about the pace of the drawdown of U.S. forces in Syria. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds," 8 Jan. 2019 President Trump recently ordered a withdrawal from Syria and a sharp drawdown in Afghanistan. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 Conservatives Past drawdowns approved by Congress have included 25 million barrels to pay for a medical research bill in 2015 and 66 million barrels to pay for transportation legislation in 2016. Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "Strategic oil reserve would fall by half under budget deal," 9 Feb. 2018 President Trump, in an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, said that despite his call to bring back U.S. troops from South Korea, a military drawdown from the region is not being discussed as part of talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump on ‘Special Report:’ US military drawdown in South Korea ‘not on the table’ yet," 13 June 2018 North Korea wants an international drawdown of nuclear weapons, including US capability. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drawdown.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of drawdown


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1949, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about drawdown

Statistics for drawdown

Last Updated

14 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for drawdown

The first known use of drawdown was in 1918

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on drawdown

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with drawdown

Comments on drawdown

What made you want to look up drawdown? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!