draw on

verb
drew on; drawn on; drawing on; draws on

Definition of draw on

intransitive verb

: approach night draws on

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
Recent Examples on the Web His company has used computer models that draw on data about weather and markets to figure out how its technologies might fit. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Rare is the program that doesn’t draw on the classical canon to some extent. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 10 Apr. 2022 Thus Tariku Shiferaw and Paolo Arao, both New Yorkers, make large color-field pieces that draw on their individual backgrounds. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The two sides have gone back and forth since October over a pair of education programs created by Ducey that draw on $173 million in American Rescue Plan aid. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2022 The unique light wand lets kids draw and re-draw on the reusable surface by using fun stencils or free-handing their favorite designs. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 These models are built on global estimates, and draw on dozens of studies and individual research projects, which can do a reasonably good job of estimating the larger picture but are sometimes far less accurate at the national level. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Kids write and draw on paper, with iPads handy on their desks to research questions. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2022 So Dcbel’s r16 product can take energy stored in the EV and draw on it to save money during dinner time or other times when the utility’s power is priced at its peak. Greg Gardner, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of draw on

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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17 May 2022

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“Draw on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20on. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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