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

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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

The militant group’s defeat sets the stage for President Donald Trump to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria, a drawdown that’s expected to set off a race to fill the vacuum. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 In 2017, Little Muskego Lake was closed to protect fish during a water level drawdown on the lake. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An invasive species called starry stonewort has spread to Lake Country waters," 16 Sep. 2019 Yet the Emirati drawdown has also severely weakened the Saudis’ bargaining power, raising the potential cost to Prince Mohammed of any negotiations to end the Houthi attacks. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Yemen Has Been a Saudi Prince’s War. Now It’s His Quagmire.," 18 July 2019 The final 10% comes from the drawdown of aquifers, such as taking water from the Central Valley of California to irrigate crops. Diya Chacko, latimes.com, "California’s coast is disappearing, and the debate over what to do about it is in full swing," 11 July 2019 Some believe the peace talks are worth trying, but many remain worried that a troop drawdown that moves too quickly will lead to a collapse of the country. New York Times, "Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan," 2 Sep. 2019 Although 37 of the past 69 years have experienced a double-digit drawdown at some point, only 15 of those instances saw the market end the year in negative territory. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Spike, Swoon, Repeat: What to Make of a Volatile Stock Market—That Has Basically Gone Nowhere for a Year and a Half," 28 Aug. 2019 The McHenry City Council this year set a limit of a $6 million total pot and $3 million individual prize, with a deadline of the end of August, which is why post officials plan the drawdown Tuesday. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "At the McHenry VFW Queen of Hearts raffle Tuesday night, they won’t stop drawing tickets until there’s a $2.7 million grand prize winner," 26 Aug. 2019 The terrorists will try to exploit the rift between the STC and the government – and the drawdown of Emirati forces. Bobby Ghosh, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The last thing Yemen needed was a second civil war," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of drawdown was in 1918

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