draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü How to pronounce draw (audio) \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce draw (audio) , 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 lot or chance drawn at random the only grand prize winner of the lottery draw
b : the selection of competitors in a sports event also : the arrangement of competitors in a sporting event by order drawn the draw for a tennis tournament
c : a card drawn to replace a discard in poker
d : 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
6 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)
10 : a face-off in ice hockey won the draw and knocked the puck backward

Other Words from draw

Verb

drawable \ ˈdrȯ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce draw (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for draw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Notably, new redistricting language in the state constitution says the court can’t draw state legislative lines, but there’s no such prohibition apply to drawing congressional districts. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 6 May 2022 Functional visuals such as sketches, maps and diagrams help people draw direct lines in their minds to connect details from one point to the next. Olga V. Mack, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The question is whether President Biden will draw the obvious conclusion. William A. Galston, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Teng and Huey also think the exhibition could draw tourists vital to Chinatown’s economy, and families who have left Chinatown for other Asian enclaves on the west side of San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2022 The nebulous explanation given later was that the statement would draw unwanted attention to the club. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 And the South Coast Water District is moving forward with plans to build the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project in Dana Point, which would draw seawater through slant wells beneath the ocean floor. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Beyond leasing a bus to Jones, Gilbreth and Snoddy wound up running his merchandise sales — caps, T-shirts, bumper stickers — which Murray said could draw $10,000 in a night. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Netflix's Resident Evil, Amazon's Fallout and (reportedly) God of War, HBO's The Last of Us, and Peacock's Twisted Metal are not far behind — and will no doubt draw similar criticism to any and all deviations from the source material. Nick Romano, EW.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The movie turned the Pasadena club into an overnight tourist draw and popularized pearl snap shirts, longneck beers, the steel guitar and mechanical bulls across the country. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Also, the offense and the draw at the midfield are definitely a big factor in the goals against because there’s been less opportunity for the defense to play. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2022 Last week's Sectional draw saw Cascade earn a first-round bye, avoiding potential games against University, Speedway, Covenant Christian and Park Tudor. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2022 The Courier Journal tracked down some horse racing experts immediately after Monday's draw. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022 Clearly, the draw of the office and in-person rituals (e.g., meetings, retreats, work travel and happy hours) are still appealing. Joe Du Bey, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Between the draw of being your own boss and the lure of earning sizable commissions, people from all walks of life are trying their hand at selling houses. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 5 May 2022 The real draw of the Peloton Tread has less to do with the actual hardware, and more to do with the services. Maren Estrada, BGR, 5 May 2022 Despite all the Wordle love, Levien's remarks also offered a small hint that the Times doesn't necessarily expect the game to remain quite as strong of a draw going forward. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 See More

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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
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
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 How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü How to pronounce draw (audio) \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce draw (audio) \; 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

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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