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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Prior to the final moments of the Friday news dump when Vontaze Burfict suspension news made its annual pilgrimage into the Bengals' news cycle, the team couldn't have drawn up a much better free agency opening. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals Xtra: Are the Cincinnati Bengals done in free agency?," 17 Mar. 2018 The accord now being drawn up to resolve the trade fight between the world’s two largest economies promises better treatment of U.S. companies in China and more Chinese orders for U.S. crops and other products. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Trade Deal Alone Won’t Fix Strained U.S.-China Business Relations," 21 Apr. 2019 Conservative and liberal advocacy groups have mapped out multi-million dollar campaigns targeting the half-dozen or so lawmakers seen as swing votes, drawing up details even before Trump nominated Kavanaugh. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh visits Capitol Hill as activists gird for battle," 10 July 2018 Traditionally, the people drawing up our cultural canons have been an elite group of scholars and critics who embraced a work of art and sent it aloft to some deifying realm. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Who Gets to Decide What Belongs in the ‘Canon’?," 30 May 2018 In theory, having the time and freedom to draw up a play should result in the offense creating some sort of clean look. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Simple Brilliance Behind Brad Stevens's After-Timeout Plays," 9 May 2018 Second, and more significantly, on Monday the New York Times revealed a list of questions that Robert Mueller had, ostensibly, drawn up to ask the president. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Bribe Ukraine to Stop Cooperating With Mueller?," 2 May 2018 When a low-pressure area forms, air rushes in to fill it — in this case, frigid air coming down from the Arctic to the north, fed with moisture drawn up from the south on the other side of the trough. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan's chilly April weather is disrupting lives," 17 Apr. 2018 The community’s negative perception of the department was confirmed last year in an independent report on police operations drawn up at the county’s behest by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of draw up

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of draw up was in 1605

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