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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Her first step was to consult her brother-in-law, architect Tiziano Tozzi, who drew up a drastic new layout. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019 The Saudis and Lucid are far enough along in discussions that the two sides have drawn up a term sheet, a document typically used to outline the broader points of a potential deal. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla challenger Lucid Motors also in talks with Saudi Arabia for reported $1 billion funding," 20 Aug. 2018 The closest thing to a plant that Tangerini had drawn up to that point was the grass under the horses’ hooves. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 This free festival June 23-24, which regularly draws up to 100,000 people, features strawberry food offerings, strawberry wine, live music and kids activities. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Strawberry Festival, Cheese Curd Festival and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 17 June 2018 Climate change is an urgent matter for the Quinault Indian Nation, which is frantically drawing up plans to relocate from its ancestral villages because of sea-level rise. Kate Yoder, WIRED, "Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?," 7 June 2018 Dunwoody’s appeal for relief, which is still being drawn up, will likely be to the state department of health’s EMS council. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Dunwoody declares ‘crisis’ after EMT is charged with hitting patient," 22 May 2018 Lawyers, Smith added, went out to a limousine following the audition to draw up a contract for Fresh Prince. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Will Smith recounts why IRS trouble led to him becoming the 'Fresh Prince'," 14 May 2018 But elections in 2020 will determine the state lawmakers who draw up the next maps. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Top court to take up racial question in Texas redistricting case," 22 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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