draw·​down | \-ˌdau̇n \

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 \

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

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

Antonyms: Verb

renew, replace

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Examples of drawdown in a Sentence


I drew down my bank account just paying for tuition.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 On one patch of sidewalk, a knot of protesters chants for the drawdown of American forces in South Korea. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Trump has decried North Korea’s ‘brutality.’ But will human rights remain high on summit agenda?," 6 June 2018 Another aspect of James’ management that should unnerve investors is his apparent predilection for using Domo as his personal piggy bank, with family members given drawdown rights. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Hype and plunder: This high-tech company may be setting a new low for self-indulgent IPOs," 4 June 2018 The drawdown rate may also turn on an accounting question, according to Betsy Mayotte, founder of the Institute of Student Loan Advisors. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "How to Apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Fix-It Fund," 23 May 2018 In its monthly oil-market report, the IEA suggested the drawdown in stocks was evidence that OPEC’s coordinated efforts to cut output have succeeded in clearing up a global supply glut that had weighed on the market since late 2014. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Closes Lower as Investors Take Profits," 18 May 2018 In the early 1970s, with the Vietnam War winding down, the U.S. Navy worried about how to keep its fleet effective during the inevitable budget drawdown at war's end. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the U.S. Navy Had Tiny Hot Rods That Flew Over the Sea," 23 Dec. 2015

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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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