draw 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 African Union and South Sudan’s government have drawn up plans for a court with international judges to prosecute the worst crimes of the conflict, but have yet to reach an agreement to put it into operation. Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "South Sudan Forces Killed and Raped Hundreds in Brutal Campaign, U.N. Says," 10 July 2018 Officials drew up a set of guidelines on how to protect the new species - including releasing it back into its watery home. Fox News, "Loch Ness Monster: This is Scotland's plan if the fabled beast is caught," 10 July 2018 The San Diego Zoo’s Ryder, along with Hildebrandt and other reproductive biologists, drew up a plan in Vienna in 2015 to rescue the subspecies. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "‘Beautiful’ embryos created from near-extinct rhinoceros sperm," 4 July 2018 Others aim to help people appeal against parking tickets or draw up rental leases without incurring legal expenses. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 But the Trump administration has been working to change this, drawing up plans for how to house thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied minors. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ for Migrant Families – But Maybe Not for Long," 11 July 2018 Nvidia’s Volta processors are beasts at AI processing but draw up to 300 watts. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 Hinds said the club had decided to build a new hut and was drawing up designs when the family of Seth Holden approached them. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 Government agencies worked closely with NGOs to analyze the situation and draw up a balanced solution. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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