Meaning of draw something down in English:

draw something down

(also draw down)

phrasal verb

  • 1Reduce the size of a military force in an area.

    ‘more had to be done before the US could begin to draw down its forces in any significant number’
    • ‘we need to start letting them stand on their own feet, and that isn't going to happen until we start drawing down’
    • ‘There are good reasons to fund the country's experiment in democracy, even as the U.S. draws down its military forces there.’
    • ‘When is the U.S. military going to be able to begin drawing down its forces and bringing them home?’
    • ‘This has nothing to do with drawing down the American military presence overall in that part of the world, does it?’
    • ‘It is an odd army that responds to attack by drawing down its forces, but that is exactly what has been happening.’
    • ‘The United States has several time tables to draw down troop strength.’
    • ‘He has announced he will start drawing down the 3,000 Italian troops in September.’
    • ‘The British were already planning to draw down their troops from 9,000 to 2,000 in the next nine months.’
    • ‘Hungary has already decamped, and Holland, the Ukraine, Poland and others are drawing down their troops or leaving altogether.’
    • ‘Of course, it should be remembered that the Pentagon has wanted to draw down its troop numbers radically in the past.’
    • ‘The administration has little choice but to start drawing down troop strength, starting next spring.’
    • ‘Before the war they expected to draw down troop levels to around 30,000 by now.’
    • ‘Unless there is a political resolution of the problem, as American forces draw down, the pot could well start to bubble up again.’
    • ‘The flag of 20 Armoured Brigade will be lowered as British combat patrols come to an end and our armed forces prepare to draw down.’
    • ‘The military is forcing them to draw down, and they probably will for practical and domestic political reasons.’
    • ‘We are going to devote more and more troops to getting their security forces "trained and ready", such that we can draw down our forces and hand over the country.’
    • ‘We want to draw down our forces, but the President is prepared to tough this one out.’
    • ‘Would it have made a difference if the UN had stayed longer, if we had not drawn down our forces too quickly?’
    • ‘If we draw down, do you promise to keep the peace?’
    • ‘So, you expect that things will be stable, if we draw down.’
    • ‘As the United States military involvement here draws down, so, too, does their influence.’
    1. 1.1Withdraw money from a fund or loan facility.
      ‘I'm not actually going to be drawing down any of the loan until early 1999’
      • ‘she would have to draw down on her $253,000 investments at a rate of 7.2 per cent’
      • ‘With his wife still working, the husband shouldn't have to draw down all his retirement stash.’
      • ‘Despite pessimists' fears, the U.S. is not drawing down national wealth to pay for imports.’
      • ‘Some 70 million baby boomers will soon draw down trillions in government payments.’
      • ‘Upon retirement, an individual is entitled to draw down 25 per cent of the value of the trust fund without incurring a tax charge.’
      • ‘Once approved you must then ensure that you draw down the grant at the earliest possible opportunity.’
      • ‘The company has drawn down $5.3 billion of its $7 billion bank credit line.’
      • ‘States have resorted to every available measure to cover their expenses, including tax increases, service cuts, and drawing down reserves.’
      • ‘An aging population meant fewer workers were paying into the system, while more elderly people were drawing down pensions.’
      • ‘Not only are the gains and income of a pension fund untaxed until drawn down, contributions to the fund are also tax-deductible.’
      • ‘In some industrial and construction loans the amount lent may be drawn down by the borrower in instalments within an agreed period.’
      • ‘As domestic savings have been drawn down to virtually nothing, the US has looked abroad for capital.’
      • ‘With most personal loans, you make your first repayment one month after you draw down your loan.’
      • ‘Each policy remains in force until it is drawn down at retirement age.’
      • ‘You can still take the traditional route and, having drawn down your 25 per cent tax free lump sum, simply invest in an annuity.’
      • ‘Your rate will be fixed on the day that your mortgage is drawn down.’
      • ‘The retirement of the baby boom generation is closer - we will soon be drawing down those surpluses in Social Security and Medicare.’
      • ‘What's more, you can draw down your pension in stages, allowing it to start small and build up over time.’
      • ‘If a first-time buyer is having great difficulty saving the 10 per cent deposit that is required to draw down a mortgage, one option to consider is a 95 per cent loan.’
      • ‘As a single guy, he was able to live frugally, drawing down his personal savings to fund the necessities: rent on a small one-bedroom apartment, groceries, electricity.’
      • ‘You can't draw down 18% a year from your investment account and expect it to last.’
    2. 1.2Withdraw water, oil, or gas from a reservoir or repository.
      ‘the state began drawing down some of its stored water’
      • ‘Adding to this gloomy scenario is the fact that reservoirs in northeastern Colorado have been drawn down substantially.’
      • ‘Our state's reservoirs and soil profiles were drawn down this summer.’
      • ‘Geologist David Bainbridge of Alliant International University also points out that there are scant few penalties against users who draw down water tables or deplete aquifers.’
      • ‘The world is drawing down its oil reserves at an unprecedented rate.’
      • ‘Making matters worse for jittery oil traders is the growing suspicion that the major oil fields are being drawn down prematurely by secondary extraction techniques, like water injection.’
      • ‘We have to be careful about drawing down resources, processing, using, and recycling them.’
      • ‘Fossil fuel is a finite energy source, and we are perilously close to drawing down all known oil and gas reserves to the point that production can no longer meet demand.’
      • ‘A growing population means more wells drawing down water supplies.’
      • ‘They do not draw down water levels in the stream significantly within a single growing season.’
      • ‘California has already surpassed its water allotment and has begun drawing down water levels from reservoirs along the river.’
      • ‘The only reason we can get away with our impact on the planet is there are still stocks of forests, fish, soils and water to draw down.’
      • ‘This enormous demand must of course draw down the water on that short line of canal, render it shallow, and its navigation impracticable.’
      • ‘Most notably, recent complex maneuverings to help California find more water mean that the reservoirs behind the river's dams have been drawn down under a revised definition of "surplus criteria."’
      • ‘Oil consumption by modern industrial society will draw down current and potential supplies in a predictable way.’