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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, progressives might consider going even further—why not begin the push for a constitutional convention that would draw up a new document altogether? Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Constitution Is the Crisis," 19 Oct. 2020 To draw up water that’s cold enough to lower the surface temperature so far, the Bubble Curtain’s pipes would have to reach a staggering 400 feet deep, and maybe more. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "A company says its ‘Bubble Curtain’ could snuff out hurricanes. Is it just another crazy idea, or could this one work?," 9 Oct. 2020 When the time came to draw up a will, Beard stipulated that Cofacci keep his apartment, along with a monthly stipend. Rien Fertel, WSJ, "‘The Man Who Ate Too Much’ Review: American Appetite," 1 Oct. 2020 President Emmanuel Macron pledged in 2017 to give back much of Africa’s heritage held by France’s museums, and commissioned two academics to draw up a report on how to do it. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums," 21 Sep. 2020 The committee will be asked to recommend that City Attorney Mara Elliott and city staff draw up documents that would void the deed restrictions if the full council eventually approves them. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD lobbies San Diego city council to remove deed restrictions on 500 acres," 14 Sep. 2020 Expect Bears coach Matt Nagy, who likes to draw up some exotic-looking plays, to try to do the same. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 28 things to watch as Colts take on undefeated Bears," 3 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, government agencies haven’t been willing to draw up a formal plan for how the aviation sector should respond to a pandemic, the Government Accountability Office told Congress in June. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Why boarding planes from back to front might actually heighten COVID risk," 1 Sep. 2020 Denbrock and Guidugli could draw up a play-action pass deep to Pierce on the first play. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Luke Fickell remembers Cincinnati debut against Austin Peay as a 'scramble'," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of draw up

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Draw up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20up. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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