draw up

verb
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

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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

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The monsoon, which runs from mid-June through late September, is the annual reversal of wind patterns that draws up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "No monsoon, big problem: Parts of Colorado back in drought again," 3 Sep. 2019 The festival, which draws up to 2,000 people annually, exhibits the cultural richness of the Latino community, including its shared African lineage. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Cultural embrace: Defying acts of hatred, Seattle-area Afrolatino Festival goes on," 18 Aug. 2019 Emerald Living was the most recent developer to draw up ambitious plans for the site, proposing up to 20,000 modular homes there. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Rapper Common, developers planning massive movie studio campus as part of South Works redevelopment," 26 July 2019 When Wong stopped for a red light at W Street, a Volkswagen bug drew up along the right side and three or four shots from a handgun were fired from the vehicle, detectives said. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Was anyone convicted of 1975 Sacramento slaying linked to feuding San Francisco Chinese youths? | The Sacramento Bee," 11 Apr. 2018 Particularly in the topwater bite that often occurs at dawn and dusk, the same Zara Spook, Sammy or Gunfish 115 that draws up bass will also draw large trout. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Spring break angling action on the Alabama coast," 31 Mar. 2018 The agreement reached in principle on the sidelines of the G7 summit calls for France to issue a kind of tax credit to tech companies for the difference between the French tax and any levy ultimately drawn up by the OECD. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "A Tale of Two Industries: Why Winemakers Are Hailing a G7 Victory and Tech Companies Are Crying Foul," 27 Aug. 2019 In a 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to block the election maps drawn up by state lawmakers, no matter how partisan the motivation behind the maps' composition might be. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Read Justice Kagan's blistering dissent in Supreme Court's gerrymandering case," 24 June 2019 What happened against the defending champs, though, was not the way it was drawn up on paper. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Patriots pummel Steelers as rivals take divergent paths with Antonio Brown," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of draw up

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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