draw up

drew up; drawn up; drawing up; draws up

Definition of draw up

transitive verb

1 : to bring (a body of troops) into array
2 : to prepare a draft or version of draw up plans
3 : to bring to a halt
4 : to straighten (oneself) to an erect posture especially as an assertion of dignity or resentment

intransitive verb

: to come to a halt the car drew up at the door

Examples of draw up in a Sentence

he drew up his horse outside the tavern drew up the troops into a line along the ridge
Recent Examples on the Web Inspired by her daughter’s positive experience renting an ADU, Field paid designer Agnieszka Kaleta $8,000 to draw up plans for a two-bedroom, 825-square-foot ADU in place of the garage, which had been used as a workshop. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Facing a roughly $20 million deficit for fiscal year 2023, city of Cincinnati officials have asked every city department – parks included – to draw up plans to cut 15%. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2022 Premier Mario Draghi this week said Italy’s government was determined to draw up broad measures soon that will provide relief to families and businesses. The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Feb. 2022 Concerned by news of supply chain disruptions, Ms. Grisham asked her children to draw up their Christmas wish lists before Halloween, weeks earlier than usual. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 In Alabama, people can draw up to $275 a week in unemployment compensation for up to 14 weeks. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 12 Apr. 2022 Next door, in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, officials draw up new sanctions against the Russian oligarchs who have turned London into a turnkey haven to hide their assets and house their extended families. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Cultural organizations have felt impelled not simply to proclaim solidarity with Ukraine but also to draw up bridges, curtailing engagement with Russian artists. Suzanne Nossel, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Kaabi's comments renewed concerns over Europe's security of gas supplies as the US and its allies race to draw up contingency plans. Abbas Al Lawati And Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of draw up

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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9 May 2022

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“Draw up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20up. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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