draw down

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draw down (third-person singular simple present draws down, present participle drawing down, simple past drew down, past participle drawn down)

  1. (transitive) To lower (curtains, a portcullis, etc.).
  2. (transitive) To reduce (e.g. by withdrawal).
    • 2010, Richard Lee Armitage, Samuel R. Berger, Daniel Seth Markey, US Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Council on Foreign Relations, →ISBN:
      If there is confidence that the current strategy is working, then that should enable the United States to steadily draw down its forces starting in July, based on conditions on the ground, []
    1. To initiate a drawdown (withdrawal of equipment, supplies, etc., potentially to provide it to another party).
      • 1974, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations, Second Supplemental Appropriation Bill, 1974: Hearings Before Subcommittees of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Ninety-third Congress, Second Session, page 601:
        Mr. ADDABBO. General, in the event of sudden need for drawdown would you draw down from your modern equipments or would you draw down from equipment that is in storage, the older equipment?
  3. (transitive) To acquire or pull in, as funding.
    We need to draw down 10 million dollars.