draw on

drew on; drawn on; drawing on; draws on

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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These systems also had a considerable electrical draw on the ship’s power supply, and required air conditioning—and more power—to keep them cool. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Shrinking the Size of Its Gargantuan 70s-Era Computers," 26 Apr. 2019 The disruptions forced manufacturers to make a larger draw on their inventories. Marcy Gordon, The Seattle Times, "US factories grew at slower pace in September," 1 Oct. 2018 More than 45 million Americans are over 65, the age when many begin drawing on their savings, according to the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington research firm. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Older investors have an eye on retirement, and on stock market gyrations," 24 Apr. 2018 Content drawn on physical whiteboards can be captured and brought into the virtual space, using the Office Lens technology Microsoft pioneered for the phone. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Teams taps AI to boost new background, whiteboarding features," 19 Mar. 2019 Rosenbaum and her colleagues have drawn on decades of data to explore the relationship between gorilla babysitting and mating success. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love," 18 Oct. 2018 Miller’s background draws on decades of experience in commanding clandestine commando teams, working with foreign partners, and collaborating with intelligence agencies to target terror groups — often resulting in drone strikes and nighttime raids. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Trump's Pick to Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal a New Approach," 23 May 2018 There's certainly a lot to draw on for his new material, and well, the length of this album shows it. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Zayn's New Album "Icarus Falls" Has 27 Songs," 29 Nov. 2018 The stretched canvas, once reserved for the application of oil paints, Sterne took to drawing on with graphite, pastels, and charcoal. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Radical Female Artist (and an Unsung Hero of the Avant-Garde) Gets Another Look in “Hedda Sterne: Structures and Landscapes”," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of draw on

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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a strong desire or propensity

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