verb \ˈdr\

: to make (a picture, image, etc.) by making lines on a surface especially with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but not usually with paint

: to cause (attention) to be given to someone or something

: to cause (someone or something) to come : to attract (someone or something)

drew \ˈdrü\ drawn \ˈdrn, ˈdrän\ draw·ing

Full Definition of DRAW

transitive verb
:  to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance :  pull <draw your chair up by the fire>: as
a :  to move (as a covering) over or to one side <draw the drapes>
b :  to pull up or out of a receptacle or place where seated or carried <draw water from the well> <drew a gun>; also :  to cause to come out of a container or source <draw water for a bath> <the nurse drew a blood sample> <the wound drew blood>
:  to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading) <drew him aside>
a :  to bring by inducement or allure :  attract <honey draws flies>
b :  to bring in or gather from a specified group or area <a college that draws its students from many states>
c :  bring on, provoke <drew enemy fire>
d :  to bring out by way of response :  elicit <drew cheers from the audience>
e :  to receive in the course of play <the batter drew a walk> <draw a foul>
:  inhale <drew a deep breath>
a :  to extract the essence from <draw tea>
b :  eviscerate <plucking and drawing a goose before cooking>
c :  to derive to one's benefit <drew inspiration from the old masters>
:  to require (a specified depth) to float in <a ship that draws 12 feet of water>
a :  accumulate, gain <drawing interest>
b :  to take (money) from a place of deposit
c :  to use in making a cash demand <drawing a check against his account>
d :  to receive regularly or in due course <draw a salary>
a :  to take (cards) from a stack or from the dealer
b :  to receive or take at random <drew a winning number>
:  to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string
:  to cause to shrink, contract, or tighten
a :  to strike (a ball) so as to impart a backward spin
b :  to strike (a golf ball) so that a slight to moderate hook results
:  to leave (a contest) undecided :  tie
a (1) :  to produce a likeness or representation of by making lines on a surface <draw a picture> <draw a graph with chalk> (2) :  to give a portrayal of :  delineate <a writer who draws characters well>
b :  to write out in due form <draw a will>
c :  to design or describe in detail :  formulate <draw comparisons>
:  to infer from evidence or premises <draw a conclusion>
:  to spread or elongate (metal) by hammering or by pulling through dies; also :  to shape (as plastic) by stretching or by pulling through dies
intransitive verb
:  to come or go steadily or gradually <night draws near>
a :  to move something by pulling <drawing at the well>
b :  to exert an attractive force <the play is drawing well>
a :  to pull back a bowstring
b :  to bring out a weapon <drew, aimed, and fired>
a :  to produce a draft <the chimney draws well> <draw on a cigar>
b :  to swell out in a wind <all sails drawing>
a :  to wrinkle or tighten up :  shrink
b :  to change shape by pulling or stretching
:  to cause blood or pus to localize at one point
:  to create a likeness or a picture in outlines :  sketch
:  to come out even in a contest
a :  to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit
b :  to obtain resources (as of information) <drawing from a common fund of knowledge>
draw·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
draw a bead on
:  to take aim at
draw a blank
:  to fail to gain a desired object (as information sought); also :  to be unable to think of something
draw on or draw upon
:  to use as a source of supply <drawing on the whole community for support>
draw straws
:  to decide or assign something by lottery in which straws of unequal length are used
draw the line or draw a line
:  to fix an arbitrary boundary between things that tend to intermingle
:  to fix a boundary excluding what one will not tolerate or engage in

Examples of DRAW

  1. The computer can draw the graph for you.
  2. Students drew maps of the states and labeled them.
  3. She sat down and began to draw.
  4. The case has drawn attention to the fact that many athletes never graduate.
  5. I would like to draw your attention to the third line.
  6. The band always draws a large crowd.
  7. The college draws students from around the world.
  8. The animals were drawn to the campsite by the smell of food.
  9. We hope the display in the window will draw customers in from the street.
  10. The lure of city life has drawn away many of the town's young people.

Origin of DRAW

Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English dragan; akin to Old Norse draga to draw, drag
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to DRAW



: someone or something that causes a lot of people to come to a place

: the final result of a game, contest, etc., that does not have a winner

: an act of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.

Full Definition of DRAW

:  the act or process of drawing: as
a :  a sucking pull on something held with the lips
b :  a removal of a handgun from its holster <quick on the draw>
c :  backward spin given to a ball by striking it below center — compare follow
:  something that is drawn: as
a :  a card drawn to replace a discard in poker
b :  a lot or chance drawn at random
c :  the movable part of a drawbridge
:  a contest left undecided or deadlocked :  tie
:  one that draws attention or patronage :  attraction
a :  the distance from the string to the back of a drawn bow
b :  the force required to draw a bow fully
:  a gully shallower than a ravine
:  the deal in draw poker to improve the players' hands after discarding
:  a football play that simulates a pass play so a runner can go straight up the middle past the pass rushers
:  a slight to moderate and usually intentional hook in golf

Examples of DRAW

  1. Their band is the main draw at the festival.
  2. The festival is always a big draw.

First Known Use of DRAW


Related to DRAW


verb \ˈdr\   (Medical Dictionary)
drew \ˈdrü\ drawn \ˈdrn\ draw·ing

Medical Definition of DRAW

transitive verb
:  to cause to move toward or localize in a surface <using a poultice to draw inflammation to a head>; especially :  to cause (an unwanted element) to depart (as from the body or a lesion) <this will help draw the poison>
:  inhale <she drew a deep breath>
:  to remove the viscera of :  eviscerate
intransitive verb
:  to cause local congestion :  induce blood or other body fluid to localize at a particular point :  be effective as a blistering agent or counterirritant—used of a poultice and comparable means of medication
of a lesion :  to become localized—used in the phrase draw to a head


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