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

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 Silver said in the long run, even with the inflows from the wastewater treatment plant, the gains could eventually be overtaken by the gradually advancing drawdown of the aquifer. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Sullivan's comments come as the US drawdown of troops from the country continues ahead of Tuesday's deadline and as evacuations continue at a slower pace. Chandelis Duster, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 The Pentagon confirmed Saturday that the final drawdown of troops had begun, intensifying pressure on the United States to evacuate the remaining Americans looking to leave the country as the terror threat is ratcheted to new heights. Molly Nagle, ABC News, 29 Aug. 2021 Acknowledging that reality might have jeopardized the drawdown of American forces and evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport even before the terrorists struck on August 26. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 28 Aug. 2021 How much drawdown in water levels can aquifers, river systems, humans and ecosystems tolerate, is the question. Linda Curtis, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris, as Phil Willon and Noah Bierman explained, opted to cancel her appearance with Newsom due to the uncertainty of the drawdown in Afghanistan. Eli Stokols Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Numbers also illustrate the severity of the drawdown. oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021 At the start of the drawdown, there were approximately 2,500 personnel in Afghanistan. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 13 Aug. 2021

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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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23 Nov 2021

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“Drawdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawdown. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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