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draw·​down ˈdrȯ-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce drawdown (audio)
: a lowering of a water level (as in a reservoir)
: the process of depleting

draw down

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drew down; drawn down; drawing down; draws down

transitive verb

: to deplete by using or spending

Examples of drawdown in a Sentence

Verb I drew down my bank account just paying for tuition.
Recent Examples on the Web
Although Allen was opposed to giving Ballmer such a large stake, Gates stepped in and said Ballmer’s 8% cut could be funded by a drawdown of his own holdings, according to Forbes. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 2 July 2024 Sudden water drawdown due to these events can also cause cooling water intakes at nuclear power plants to dry, creating safety issues. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2024
And projected Medicare outlays increased by $50 billion, according to the CBO, as the aging U.S. population continues to draw down social safety net trust funds. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 Looking at those kinds of lifestyle changes alone, BECCS might only be used to draw down up to 2.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide a year compared to a peak of 10.3 gigatons annually in a baseline scenario. Justine Calma, The Verge, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for drawdown 

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Word History

First Known Use


1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drawdown was in 1853

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“Drawdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawdown. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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