draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ \
drew\ ˈdrü \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn , ˈdrän \; drawing

Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance : pull draw your chair up by the fire : such as
a : to move (something, such 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
2 : to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading) drew him aside
3a : 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 sports : to receive in the course of play The batter drew a walk. draw a foul
4 : inhale drew a deep breath
5a : 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
6 nautical : to require (a specified depth) to float in a ship that draws 12 feet of water
7a : accumulate, gain drawing interest
b : to take (money) from a place of deposit drew $100 from the bank
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
8a card games : to take (cards) from a stack or from the dealer draw four cards
b : to receive or take at random drew a winning number
9 archery : to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string drew the bow and aimed at the target
10 : to cause to shrink, contract, or tighten draw your knees into your chest Her face was drawn with pain.

11 sports

a : to strike (a ball) so as to impart a backward spin
b golf : to strike (a ball) so that a slight to moderate hook (see hook entry 1 sense 3) results
12 : to leave (a contest) undecided : tie drew the game 3–3
13a(1) : to produce a likeness or representation of by making lines on a surface draw a picture draw a bowl of fruit 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
14 : to infer from evidence or premises draw a conclusion
15 : to spread or elongate (metal) by hammering or by pulling through dies also : to shape (a material, such as plastic) by stretching or by pulling through dies

intransitive verb

1 : to come or go steadily or gradually night draws near
2a : to move something by pulling drawing at the well
b : to exert an attractive force the play is drawing well
3a archery : to pull back a bowstring
b : to bring out a weapon drew, aimed, and fired
4a : to produce a draft the chimney draws well draw on a cigar
b nautical : to swell out in a wind all sails drawing
5a : to wrinkle or tighten up : shrink
b : to change shape by pulling or stretching
6 medical : to cause blood or pus to localize at one point
7 : to create a likeness or a picture in outlines : sketch loves to paint and draw not good at drawing
8 : to come out even in a contest they drew 3–3
9a : 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 a bead on
: to take aim at
draw a blank
: to fail to gain a desired object (such 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
1 : to fix an arbitrary (see arbitrary sense 1b) boundary between things that tend to intermingle drawing a line between good and bad art
2 : to fix a boundary excluding what one will not tolerate or engage in helps clean the house but draws the line at washing windows

draw

noun

Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of drawing (see draw entry 1) : such as
a : a sucking pull on something held with the lips took a long draw on her cigarette
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
2 : something that is drawn: such 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
3 : a contest left undecided or deadlocked : tie
4 : one that draws attention or patronage (see patronage sense 4) : attraction Their band is the main draw at the festival.

5 archery

a : the distance from the string to the back of a drawn bow (see bow entry 3 sense 2)
b : the force required to draw a bow fully
geology : a gully shallower than a ravine
7 : the deal in draw poker to improve the players' hands after discarding
8 football : a play that simulates a pass play so a runner can go straight up the middle past the pass rushers
9 golf : a slight to moderate and usually intentional hook (see hook entry 1 sense 3)

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Other Words from draw

Verb

drawable \ -​ə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms for draw

Synonyms: Verb

picture

Synonyms: Noun

dead heat, stalemate, standoff, tie

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Examples of draw in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

Their band is the main draw at the festival. The festival is always a big draw.
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Marketers have become increasingly politically vocal in recent years,—sometimes out of a belief that younger consumers want brands to stand for something and sometimes because they are drawn into it. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Columbia Sportswear Ad Decries Government Shutdown and Efforts to Build a Border Wall," 11 Jan. 2019 Advertisers were originally drawn to HQ Trivia for its huge user base, and now HQ is hoping that Words will keep those users engaged for longer periods of time. Jon Porter, The Verge, "HQ Trivia becomes HQ Trivia & Words as second game exits beta," 24 Dec. 2018 Tourists looking for high-end safaris and migrating herds trailed by slavering lions were not drawn to its arid expanses. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 After living in a neighborhood where house styles came in limited variations, the couple was drawn to the custom aspects of the Deza Estates house, as well as its classic post-and-beam construction. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "‘It was midcentury time capsule-meets-1980s’," 17 Dec. 2018 Hiren Bhinde, a director of product management, drew a distinction between the typical desktop PC monitor (1080p with just 8-bit color depths) versus what a smartphone now offers: 2K resolution, HDR, and much deeper color depths. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 Most of the time, they’re drawn wearing elaborate headdresses and carrying spears, spear throwers, and other objects. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 That said, Mirren has always been drawn to a challenge. Marshall Heyman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Helen Mirren Talks Her New 'The Nutcracker' Movie and Playing a “Cooler” Villain," 25 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, Bennett, Julia and Jonah stayed with their grandparents, baking Amy a birthday cake and drawing pictures of themselves pushing her in a stroller. Amy Paturel, Good Housekeeping, "When People Ask Me How Many Children I Have, I Don't Know What to Say," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her lock-picking hobby quickly became a specialty and a draw, not just at DHA but at larger hacker conferences and local cybersecurity camps for kids that are run by local colleges and the Girl Scouts. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Be A Hacker? Go to Dallas.," 4 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret has become a draw for models, thanks in large part to the brand’s popularity, visibility, and, of course, the annual fashion show. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 As part of the experience, the company set them up with a mountain guide, who helped them enjoy the park’s major draws, including its extensive glaciers, and wildlife like Dall sheep, black and grizzly bears, bison, goats, wolves, and moose. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "'This Is Us’ Actor Justin Hartley Will Convince You to Go Camp in Remote Alaska," 1 Nov. 2018 In nine road matches, the club has six wins and two draws. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Scouting report: Nashville City vs. FC Cincinnati at Nissan Stadium," 6 July 2018 Its method involved being placed into a pool with three baskets of food representing Japan winning, Japan’s opponent winning and a draw. Billy Perrigo, SI.com, "‘Psychic’ Octopus That Correctly Predicted Japan’s World Cup Results Is Killed and Sold for Food," 2 July 2018 Its method involved being placed into a pool with three baskets of food representing Japan winning, Japan’s opponent winning and a draw. Billy Perrigo, Time, "'Psychic' Octopus That Correctly Predicted Japan's World Cup Results Is Killed and Sold for Food," 2 July 2018 Philadelphia’s record in road games so far this year — one win, one draw and five defeats — is the worst in the East and its three road goals are the second least in MLS. Daniel O'boyle, latimes.com, "LAFC will try to extend four-game winning streak against visiting Philadelphia," 30 June 2018 In a harsher light: Senegal needed either a win or a draw against Colombia, and got neither. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup’s fresh theme: what might have been," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of draw

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for draw

Verb and Noun

Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English dragan; akin to Old Norse draga to draw, drag

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draw

verb

English Language Learners Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

draw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ \
drew\ ˈdrü \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn \; drawing

Kids Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cause to move by pulling Draw the curtains, please. She drew a chair up to the table.
2 : to create a picture of by making lines on a surface I drew a map on the chalkboard.
3 : to bring or pull out Draw your sword!
4 : to move in a particular direction He drew back in horror.
5 : to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string
6 : to move or go slowly or steadily Spring is drawing near.
7 : attract sense 2 The fair drew a crowd. He didn't want to draw attention to himself.
8 : to get as a response The speech drew cheers.
9 : to bring or get from a source draw blood
10 : inhale sense 1 Draw a deep breath.
11 : to let air flow through The fireplace is drawing well.
12 : withdraw sense 1 I drew money from the bank.
13 : to take or get at random We drew names from a hat.
14 : to think of after considering information draw a conclusion
15 : to write out in proper form The lawyer drew up her will.
draw on
1 : to make use of something The story draws on old legends.
2 : to come closer Night draws on.
draw out
1 : to make last longer Questions drew out the meeting.
2 : to cause to talk freely Her friendliness drew out the new student.
draw up
1 : to bring or come to a stop The car drew up to the door.
2 : to straighten up He drew himself up to his full height.

draw

noun

Kids Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or the result of pulling out The outlaw was quick on the draw.
2 : a tie game or contest
3 : something or someone that attracts people The roller coaster is the park's main draw.

draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ \
drew\ ˈdrü \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn \; drawing

Medical Definition of draw

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 : inhale she drew a deep breath
3 : to remove the viscera of : eviscerate

intransitive verb

1 : 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
2 of a lesion : to become localized used in the phrase draw to a head

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draw

verb
drew; drawn; drawing

Legal Definition of draw

transitive verb

1 : to compose by random selection draw a jury
2 : to take (money) from a place of deposit
3 : to write and sign (a draft) in due form for use in making a demand draw a check
4 : to write out in due form hired an attorney to draw our wills

intransitive verb

: to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit

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