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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for drawdown

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Verb

renew, replace

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of drawdown in a Sentence


I drew down my bank account just paying for tuition.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drawdown.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of drawdown


1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1949, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about drawdown

Statistics for drawdown

Last Updated

18 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for drawdown

The first known use of drawdown was in 1918

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on drawdown

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with drawdown

Comments on drawdown

What made you want to look up drawdown? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


involving a confidence or trust

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!