Definition of drawdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrôdoun/


1A reduction in the size or presence of a military force: the unit is the first to leave Germany as part of the drawdown
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  • The next major reflagging of regimental elements, prompted by the drawdown in Army forces after the war in Vietnam, occurred in 1972.
  • ‘The balance of ADF personnel and police remaining in the Solomons after the military drawdown over the coming months recognises there is still hard work and some risks associated with the mission,’ he said.
  • Over the next few weeks the military will begin its drawdown but are eager to point out that they are not leaving until the work is done, and this is emphasized by the attitude of the new rotation coming into base.
1.1An act of drawing on available funds or loan facilities: a drawdown on investment capital
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  • A further drawdown on the Maram loan account took place on the same day to cover repayment of the Syndicate Bank loan.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions and keep them under pressure to have their side of things up-to-date, to keep the ball rolling regarding the drawdown of your mortgage cheque.
  • The 4.74 per cent rate applies to all applications received by March 31, with final drawdowns completed by June 30 2002.
1.2A withdrawal of water, oil, or gas from a reservoir or repository: drastic drawdowns can render shorelines unusable for other economic activities and largely uninhabitable for wildlife
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  • In recent years, experimental drawdowns of water have improved conditions for aquatic plants and, in turn, for fish and wildlife.
  • The species is well known for its ability to invade exposed mud flats after a drawdown.
  • Longer drawdowns have occurred for maintenance, water pipeline construction, and, occasionally, for fish passage.
2A decline in an investment or fund: the drawdown seemed to be concentrated in the smaller hedge funds
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  • Obviously, the shorter the time required to recover from a drawdown the better the performance profile.
  • Given recent signs that both production and demand are picking up, the drawdown appears to have taken businesses by surprise.
  • You would especially want to know if there have been any substantial drawdowns that are not showing in the most recent version of the disclosure document.

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Syllabification: draw·down

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