draw out


drew out; drawn out; drawing out; draws out

transitive verb

: to extend beyond a minimum in time : protract sense 1
: to cause to speak freely
a reporter's ability to draw a person out

Examples of draw out in a Sentence

the actor refused to draw out the interview any further
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of draw out was before the 12th century

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“Draw out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20out. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

draw out

: to cause to last longer than usual
: to cause or encourage to speak freely
tried to draw the shy child out

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