verb \ˈdrȯ\

Definition of draw


play \ˈdrü\;


play \ˈdrȯn, ˈdrän\;


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance :  pull draw your chair up by the fire: such asa :  to move (as a covering) over or to one side draw the drapesb :  to pull up or out of a receptacle or place where seated or carried draw water from the well drew a gun; also :  to cause to come out of a container or source draw water for a bath the nurse drew a blood sample the wound drew blood

  3. 2 :  to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading) drew him aside

  4. 3a :  to bring by inducement or allure :  attract honey draws fliesb :  to bring in or gather from a specified group or area a college that draws its students from many statesc :  bring on, provoke drew enemy fired :  to bring out by way of response :  elicit drew cheers from the audiencee sports :  to receive in the course of play The batter drew a walk. draw a foul

  5. 4 :  inhale drew a deep breath

  6. 5a :  to extract the essence from draw teab :  eviscerate plucking and drawing a goose before cookingc :  to derive to one's benefit drew inspiration from the old masters

  7. 6 nautical :  to require (a specified depth) to float in a ship that draws 12 feet of water

  8. 7a :  accumulate, gain drawing interestb :  to take (money) from a place of deposit drew $100 from the bankc :  to use in making a cash demand drawing a check against his accountd :  to receive regularly or in due course draw a salary

  9. 8a card games :  to take (cards) from a stack or from the dealer draw four cardsb :  to receive or take at random drew a winning number

  10. 9 archery :  to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string drew the bow and aimed at the target

  11. 10 :  to cause to shrink, contract, or tighten draw your knees into your chest Her face was drawn with pain.

  12. 11 sports a :  to strike (a ball) so as to impart a backward spinb golf :  to strike (a ball) so that a slight to moderate hook (see 1hook 3) results

  13. 12 :  to leave (a contest) undecided :  tie drew the game 3–3

  14. 13a (1) :  to produce a likeness or representation of by making lines on a surface draw a picture draw a bowl of fruit draw a graph with chalk (2) :  to give a portrayal of :  delineate a writer who draws characters wellb :  to write out in due form draw a willc :  to design or describe in detail :  formulate draw comparisons

  15. 14 :  to infer from evidence or premises draw a conclusion

  16. 15 :  to spread or elongate (metal) by hammering or by pulling through dies; also :  to shape (as plastic) by stretching or by pulling through dies

  17. intransitive verb
  18. 1 :  to come or go steadily or gradually night draws near

  19. 2a :  to move something by pulling drawing at the wellb :  to exert an attractive force the play is drawing well

  20. 3a archery :  to pull back a bowstringb :  to bring out a weapon drew, aimed, and fired

  21. 4a :  to produce a draft the chimney draws well draw on a cigarb nautical :  to swell out in a wind all sails drawing

  22. 5a :  to wrinkle or tighten up :  shrinkb :  to change shape by pulling or stretching

  23. 6 medical :  to cause blood or pus to localize at one point

  24. 7 :  to create a likeness or a picture in outlines :  sketch loves to paint and draw not good at drawing

  25. 8 :  to come out even in a contest they drew 3–3

  26. 9a :  to make a written demand for payment of money on depositb :  to obtain resources (as of information) drawing from a common fund of knowledge


play \-ə-bəl\ adjective

draw a bead on

  1. :  to take aim at

draw a blank

  1. :  to fail to gain a desired object (as information sought); also :  to be unable to think of something

draw on


draw upon

  1. :  to use as a source of supply drawing on the whole community for support

draw straws

  1. :  to decide or assign something by lottery in which straws of unequal length are used

draw the line


draw a line

  1. 1 :  to fix an arbitrary (see arbitrary 1b) boundary between things that tend to intermingle drawing a line between good and bad art

  2. 2 :  to fix a boundary excluding what one will not tolerate or engage in helps clean the house but draws the line at washing windows

Examples of draw in a sentence

  1. The computer can draw the graph for you.

  2. Students drew maps of the states and labeled them.

  3. She sat down and began to draw.

  4. The case has drawn attention to the fact that many athletes never graduate.

  5. I would like to draw your attention to the third line.

  6. The band always draws a large crowd.

  7. The college draws students from around the world.

  8. The animals were drawn to the campsite by the smell of food.

  9. We hope the display in the window will draw customers in from the street.

  10. The lure of city life has drawn away many of the town's young people.

Origin and Etymology of draw

Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English dragan; akin to Old Norse draga to draw, drag

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of draw

  1. 1 :  the act or process of drawing (see 1draw) : such asa :  a sucking pull on something held with the lips took a long draw on her cigaretteb :  a removal of a handgun from its holster quick on the drawc :  backward spin given to a ball by striking it below center — compare follow

  2. 2 :  something that is drawn: such asa :  a card drawn to replace a discard in pokerb :  a lot or chance drawn at randomc :  the movable part of a drawbridge

  3. 3 :  a contest left undecided or deadlocked :  tie

  4. 4 :  one that draws attention or patronage (see patronage 4) :  attraction Their band is the main draw at the festival.

  5. 5 archery a :  the distance from the string to the back of a drawn bow (see 3bow 2)b :  the force required to draw a bow fully

  6. geology :  a gully shallower than a ravine

  7. 7 :  the deal in draw poker to improve the players' hands after discarding

  8. 8 football :  a play that simulates a pass play so a runner can go straight up the middle past the pass rushers

  9. 9 golf :  a slight to moderate and usually intentional hook (see 1hook 3)

Examples of draw in a sentence

  1. Their band is the main draw at the festival.

  2. The festival is always a big draw.

Origin and Etymology of draw

see 1draw

First Known Use: 1663

DRAW Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈdrȯ\

Definition of draw for English Language Learners

  • : to make (a picture, image, etc.) by making lines on a surface especially with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but not usually with paint

  • : to cause (attention) to be given to someone or something

  • : to cause (someone or something) to come : to attract (someone or something)




Definition of draw for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that causes a lot of people to come to a place

  • : the final result of a game, contest, etc., that does not have a winner

  • : an act of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc.

DRAW Defined for Kids



verb \ˈdrȯ\

Definition of draw for Students






  1. 1 :  to cause to move by pulling Draw the curtains, please. She drew a chair up to the table.

  2. 2 :  to create a picture of by making lines on a surface I drew a map on the chalkboard.

  3. 3 :  to bring or pull out Draw your sword!

  4. 4 :  to move in a particular direction He drew back in horror.

  5. 5 :  to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string

  6. 6 :  to move or go slowly or steadily Spring is drawing near.

  7. 7 :  attract 2 The fair drew a crowd. He didn't want to draw attention to himself.

  8. 8 :  to get as a response The speech drew cheers.

  9. 9 :  to bring or get from a source draw blood

  10. 10 :  inhale 1 Draw a deep breath.

  11. 11 :  to let air flow through The fireplace is drawing well.

  12. 12 :  withdraw 1 I drew money from the bank.

  13. 13 :  to take or get at random We drew names from a hat.

  14. 14 :  to think of after considering information draw a conclusion

  15. 15 :  to write out in proper form The lawyer drew up her will.

draw on

  1. 1 :  to make use of something The story draws on old legends.

  2. 2 :  to come closer Night draws on.

draw out

  1. 1 :  to make last longer Questions drew out the meeting.

  2. 2 :  to cause to talk freely Her friendliness drew out the new student.

draw up

  1. 1 :  to bring or come to a stop The car drew up to the door.

  2. 2 :  to straighten up He drew himself up to his full height.




Definition of draw for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or the result of pulling out The outlaw was quick on the draw.

  2. 2 :  a tie game or contest

  3. 3 :  something or someone that attracts people The roller coaster is the park's main draw.

Medical Dictionary


verb \ˈdrȯ\

Medical Definition of draw






  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause to move toward or localize in a surface using a poultice to draw inflammation to a head; especially :  to cause (an unwanted element) to depart (as from the body or a lesion) this will help draw the poison

  4. 2:  inhale she drew a deep breath

  5. 3:  to remove the viscera of :  eviscerate

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. :  to cause local congestion :  induce blood or other body fluid to localize at a particular point :  be effective as a blistering agent or counterirritant—used of a poultice and comparable means of medication

  9. 2of a lesion :  to become localized—used in the phrase draw to a head

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of draw




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to compose by random selection draw a jury

  3. 2 :  to take (money) from a place of deposit

  4. 3 :  to write and sign (a draft) in due form for use in making a demand draw a check

  5. 4 :  to write out in due form hired an attorney to draw our wills

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit

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