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 The drawdown is $8,300 per month, which leaves me a spendable amount of $6,000. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Get professional help before withdrawing retirement funds," 10 Nov. 2019 In Afghanistan, President Obama began our drawdown with a stated goal of removing all U.S. troops by the end of 2016. Jon Lerner, National Review, "What Is an ‘Endless War’?," 24 Oct. 2019 The group's findings on ISIS echoed the conclusions of a recent Pentagon inspector general's report, which found that the militants were evolving into a lethal insurgency that could take advantage of a U.S. drawdown. NBC News, "U.S. exit from Syria could bolster ISIS threat, strengthen Iran, bipartisan report says," 24 Sep. 2019 Going back to 1950, the average intra-year peak-to-trough drawdown has been nearly 14%. 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 worst drawdown in this time began in 1968, which was the end of the go-go years and the Nifty-Fifty bull market. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Yes, The Market Will Eventually Crash. Here’s How to Be Ready For the Next One," 6 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump said Thursday the U.S. plans to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops from Afghanistan and then will determine further drawdowns in the longest war in American history. Deb Riechmann, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. is ‘getting close’ to deal with Taliban, will withdraw 5,000 soldiers from Afghanistan, Trump says," 30 Aug. 2019 For that reason, most Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change pathways for limiting warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels rely on forestry and better land management to make up the bulk of carbon drawdown over the next 30 years. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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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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