draw in


drew in; drawn in; drawing in; draws in

transitive verb

: to cause or entice to enter or participate
: to sketch roughly

intransitive verb

: to draw to an end
the day drew in
: to shorten seasonally
the evenings are already drawing in
: to become more cautious or economical

Examples of draw in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By Kristen Radtke The very first stories humans ever recorded were built not of words, but of images: drawn in caves, mapped out in constellations, rendered through sculpture. Kristen Radtke, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2024 Tens of thousands of local governments nationwide are eligible for funding, yet agency records show three webinars last spring each drew in about 1,000 people. USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Beyond such occasional interventions, neither of the female characters is drawn in terribly illuminating detail. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 He is nonetheless drawn in, to his surprise and discomfort, by Benzion’s provocation that American Jews have ransomed themselves for the fantasy of belonging. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 She’s lived in Savage for 34 years and was originally drawn in by the availability of a parcel of land overlooking the water. Jillian Atelsek, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Notably, Married To Medicine has emerged as a contender, stealing the spotlight, drawing in a higher viewership. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 The camaraderie was enough to push aside pipe dreams of actually winning a prize, until one member asked Jones vice principal Sharon Reynolds to check the results of a weekend drawing in late January. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 The aim is to draw in viewers who don’t subscribe to a pay-television bundle — and offer them all of the sports that come with such a package. Christopher Palmeri, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1558, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of draw in was in 1558

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“Draw in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20in. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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