draw on

verb

Definition of draw on 

intransitive verb

: approach night draws on

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Examples of draw on in a Sentence

the general's imprudent remarks drew on a public rebuke by the secretary of defense night draws on, so we should hurry home

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Until fairly recently, the conventional wisdom was that highly efficient natural gas furnaces were the environmentally preferable option, given that electrical appliances often draw on coal-heavy grid power (and fuel oil is just filthy). David Roberts, Vox, "Most American homes are still heated with fossil fuels. It’s time to electrify.," 2 July 2018 The study presents the most comprehensive analysis of Antarctic ice loss to date, drawing on 24 surveys conducted by 84 scientists from 44 institutions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade," 14 June 2018 The agreement preserves one of Brown’s top priorities: adding to budget reserves that the state can draw on in an economic downturn. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless programs get an extra $600 million in California budget deal," 8 June 2018 The Subaru Ascent is bluntly, unapologetically humongous.’ Many Subaru owners will never draw on their cars’ broader capacities. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Subaru Ascent: A Bigger, Better Family SUV," 12 July 2018 For the quarterly numbers, points out Carsten Holz of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the NBS can draw on the data reported directly to it by large enterprises (those with annual revenues of over 20m yuan). The Economist, "China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse," 7 July 2018 But Gadsby doesn’t just follow the example of many comedians before her by drawing on her life experience. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Hannah Gadsby’s searing comedy special Nanette has upended comedy for good," 5 July 2018 So the couple let Franco draw on the walls of their bedroom. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 The first, housed at the Uffizi, focuses on the period between the 15th and 17th centuries, drawing on nearly 150 Islamic objects traded by Florentine merchants. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City’s 500-Year Connection to Islamic Art," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of draw on

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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