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

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

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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 Meanwhile in Iraq, where Trump has also ordered a drawdown of troops, talks between the US general in charge of coalition forces and the Iraqi government over how and when to do that are slowed by Iraqi concerns of security implications. Nic Robertson, CNN, "World braced for more bombshells from furious Donald Trump after election defeat," 19 Nov. 2020 The drawdown is slated to finish by Jan. 15, days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Can Trump end ‘endless war’ before he leaves office?," 19 Nov. 2020 The Pentagon is reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 in each, top defense officials said on Tuesday, a drawdown of about 2,000 in Afghanistan and 500 in Iraq. David Martin, CBS News, "Pentagon to reduce troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500," 17 Nov. 2020 Under the plan, which the sources said is being finalized, there would be about 2,500 U.S. troops total in each country once the drawdown is completed. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Election 2020 live updates: Biden expected to fill key White House roles Tuesday, reports say," 17 Nov. 2020 The president eventually agreed to the smaller drawdown, officials said. New York Times, "Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia," 16 Nov. 2020 The drawdown comes as the tech giant reported iPhone sales that missed analysts’ estimates and gave no forecast for the holiday quarter. Jeff Kearns, Fortune, "Apple has lost $450 billion in value in just a few weeks," 30 Oct. 2020 July announcement of a 9,500-troop drawdown from bases in Germany also leaves AFRICOM, slated to depart its Stuttgart headquarters, without a new home. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Mali's political uncertainty draws US and France closer in Africa terrorist fight," 18 Sep. 2020 Companies that borrowed to maintain their dividend during the drawdown in March and April or paid it from cash on hand despite limited revenue are on a riskier path. Bailey Mccann, WSJ, "The New Math for Dividend Stocks," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Drawdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawdown. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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