draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü How to pronounce drew (audio) \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce drawn (audio) , ˈdrän \; drawing

Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance : pull draw your chair up by the fire : such as
a : to move (something, such as a covering) over or to one side draw the drapes
b : 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
2 : to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading) drew him aside
3a : to bring by inducement or allure : attract honey draws flies
b : to bring in or gather from a specified group or area a college that draws its students from many states
c : bring on, provoke drew enemy fire
d : to bring out by way of response : elicit drew cheers from the audience
e sports : to receive in the course of play The batter drew a walk. draw a foul
4 : inhale drew a deep breath
5a : to extract the essence from draw tea
b : eviscerate plucking and drawing a goose before cooking
c : to derive to one's benefit drew inspiration from the old masters
6 nautical : to require (a specified depth) to float in a ship that draws 12 feet of water
7a : accumulate, gain drawing interest
b : to take (money) from a place of deposit drew $100 from the bank
c : to use in making a cash demand drawing a check against his account
d : to receive regularly or in due course draw a salary
8a card games : to take (cards) from a stack or from the dealer draw four cards
b : to receive or take at random drew a winning number
9 archery : to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string drew the bow and aimed at the target
10 : to cause to shrink, contract, or tighten draw your knees into your chest Her face was drawn with pain.
11 sports
a : to strike (a ball) so as to impart a backward spin
b golf : to strike (a ball) so that a slight to moderate hook (see hook entry 1 sense 3) results
12 : to leave (a contest) undecided : tie drew the game 3–3
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 well
b : to write out in due form draw a will
c : to design or describe in detail : formulate draw comparisons
14 : to infer from evidence or premises draw a conclusion
15 : to spread or elongate (metal) by hammering or by pulling through dies also : to shape (a material, such as plastic) by stretching or by pulling through dies

intransitive verb

1 : to come or go steadily or gradually night draws near
2a : to move something by pulling drawing at the well
b : to exert an attractive force the play is drawing well
3a archery : to pull back a bowstring
b : to bring out a weapon drew, aimed, and fired
4a : to produce a draft the chimney draws well draw on a cigar
b nautical : to swell out in a wind all sails drawing
5a : to wrinkle or tighten up : shrink
b : to change shape by pulling or stretching
6 medical : to cause blood or pus to localize at one point
7 : to create a likeness or a picture in outlines : sketch loves to paint and draw not good at drawing
8 : to come out even in a contest they drew 3–3
9a : to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit
b : to obtain resources (as of information) drawing from a common fund of knowledge
draw a bead on
: to take aim at
draw a blank
: to fail to gain a desired object (such as information sought) also : to be unable to think of something
draw on or draw upon
: to use as a source of supply drawing on the whole community for support
draw straws
: to decide or assign something by lottery in which straws of unequal length are used
draw the line or draw a line
1 : to fix an arbitrary (see arbitrary sense 1b) boundary between things that tend to intermingle drawing a line between good and bad art
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

draw

noun

Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of drawing (see draw entry 1) : such as
a : a sucking pull on something held with the lips took a long draw on her cigarette
b : a removal of a handgun from its holster quick on the draw
c : backward spin given to a ball by striking it below center — compare follow
2 : something that is drawn: such as
a : a lot or chance drawn at random the only grand prize winner of the lottery draw
b : the selection of competitors in a sports event also : the arrangement of competitors in a sporting event by order drawn the draw for a tennis tournament
c : a card drawn to replace a discard in poker
d : the movable part of a drawbridge
3 : a contest left undecided or deadlocked : tie
4 : one that draws attention or patronage (see patronage sense 4) : attraction Their band is the main draw at the festival.
5 archery
a : the distance from the string to the back of a drawn bow (see bow entry 3 sense 2)
b : the force required to draw a bow fully
geology : a gully shallower than a ravine
7 : the deal in draw poker to improve the players' hands after discarding
8 football : a play that simulates a pass play so a runner can go straight up the middle past the pass rushers
9 golf : a slight to moderate and usually intentional hook (see hook entry 1 sense 3)
10 : a face-off in ice hockey won the draw and knocked the puck backward

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Other Words from draw

Verb

drawable \ ˈdrȯ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce drawable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for draw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of draw in a Sentence

Verb The computer can draw the graph for you. Students drew maps of the states and labeled them. She sat down and began to draw. The case has drawn attention to the fact that many athletes never graduate. I would like to draw your attention to the third line. The band always draws a large crowd. The college draws students from around the world. The animals were drawn to the campsite by the smell of food. We hope the display in the window will draw customers in from the street. The lure of city life has drawn away many of the town's young people. Noun Their band is the main draw at the festival. The festival is always a big draw.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Winners will be drawn at random and notified by email Tuesday, Dec. 10. SFChronicle.com, "A Christmas Carol: The Bay Area's Favorite Holiday Tradition," 5 Dec. 2019 Those predictions were drawn from 14 separate computer models released between 1970 and 2001. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Even 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming," 4 Dec. 2019 David also drew controversy in May when he was arrested in the Caribbean with allegedly $1.3 million worth of cannabis plants aboard his private jet. Fox News, "Billionaire mogul owner ordered to pay $58 million in sexual harassment suit," 4 Dec. 2019 Much of this story was drawn from court filings, transcripts and newspaper stories from the time. AZCentral.com, "The story that haunted Don Bolles isn't the story most people think they know," 3 Dec. 2019 The move immediately drew local and national criticism. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Why Is the UNC System Giving Confederate Apologists $2.5 Million?," 3 Dec. 2019 The time that, supposedly, draws couples and families together has laid bare the gulfs that separate them. The Economist, "Few tidings of comfort and joy Forget “A Christmas Carol”—“The Dead” is the greatest Christmas story," 2 Dec. 2019 So the menu of pass options, the chance to go to all these aspirational resorts is drawing them in a way that does encourage high participation. John Meyer, The Know, "Epic, Ikon passes may have ushered in the “renaissance” of North American skiing," 2 Dec. 2019 Private-equity investors have long been drawn to sports clubs and agencies. Scott Soshnick, Fortune, "Dell. Alibaba. Now Manchester City? Silver Lake’s $500M Bet Brings Tech Expertise to English Premier League," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mr Wang stresses that his training is about much more than avoiding crazed gunmen, but that is the main draw for many of his trainees. The Economist, "Many Chinese students are frightened of studying abroad," 21 Nov. 2019 But golf is the main draw of the town; for any serious golfer, a visit to St. Andrews means the chance to play a round where the sport was supposedly invented: the Old Course. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "St. Andrews, Scotland: See the place where golf was born and Will and Kate fell in love," 24 Oct. 2019 Floyd adds that while the money wasn’t the main draw, it certainly was put to good use. Gillian Telling, PEOPLE.com, "4 Surrogates Share Why They Carried Babies for Other Families — and Whether They'd Do It Again," 24 Oct. 2019 Beder had a match-high 15 kills, and Sage Hill defeated host Westlake Village Oaks Christian 25-21, 17-25, 25-15, 25-22 in a wild-card match on Tuesday to earn a spot in the main draw of the Division 3 bracket. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Sage Hill girls’ volleyball beats Oaks Christian in CIF Division 3 wild-card round," 22 Oct. 2019 For more than 50 years, the main draw for fishermen, sailors, longshore workers and tourists was Ports O’ Call Village, which is in the midst of a major makeover. Vera Castaneda, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Tour the San Pedro waterfront before its big makeover," 18 Oct. 2019 And while the cars were the main draw Sunday, there was no shortage of other entertainment which included wrestling, DJs and live music on three stages, not to mention a variety of contests: bikini, break-dance and hydraulic. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "‘Selena car’ among the attractions at San Antonio’s Lowlow Carshow," 29 Sep. 2019 Obviously, the main draw of the card was intended to be you against Jon Moxley, but that is off due to his staph infection. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Josh Barnett’s ‘Bloodsport’ Marries Pro Wrestling and MMA," 13 Sep. 2019 The colossal banyan tree roots that embrace the ruins are the main draw. Kareena Gianani, National Geographic, "Explore Cambodia’s ancient stone city," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of draw

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for draw

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of draw was before the 12th century

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8 Dec 2019

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“Draw.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20upon. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for draw

draw

verb
How to pronounce draw (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

draw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn \; drawing

Kids Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cause to move by pulling Draw the curtains, please. She drew a chair up to the table.
2 : to create a picture of by making lines on a surface I drew a map on the chalkboard.
3 : to bring or pull out Draw your sword!
4 : to move in a particular direction He drew back in horror.
5 : to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string
6 : to move or go slowly or steadily Spring is drawing near.
7 : attract sense 2 The fair drew a crowd. He didn't want to draw attention to himself.
8 : to get as a response The speech drew cheers.
9 : to bring or get from a source draw blood
10 : inhale sense 1 Draw a deep breath.
11 : to let air flow through The fireplace is drawing well.
12 : withdraw sense 1 I drew money from the bank.
13 : to take or get at random We drew names from a hat.
14 : to think of after considering information draw a conclusion
15 : to write out in proper form The lawyer drew up her will.
draw on
1 : to make use of something The story draws on old legends.
2 : to come closer Night draws on.
draw out
1 : to make last longer Questions drew out the meeting.
2 : to cause to talk freely Her friendliness drew out the new student.
draw up
1 : to bring or come to a stop The car drew up to the door.
2 : to straighten up He drew himself up to his full height.

draw

noun

Kids Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or the result of pulling out The outlaw was quick on the draw.
2 : a tie game or contest
3 : something or someone that attracts people The roller coaster is the park's main draw.

draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü How to pronounce drew (audio) \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce drawn (audio) \; drawing

Medical Definition of draw

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 : inhale she drew a deep breath
3 : to remove the viscera of : eviscerate

intransitive verb

1 : 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
2 of a lesion : to become localized used in the phrase draw to a head

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draw

verb
drew; drawn; drawing

Legal Definition of draw

transitive verb

1 : to compose by random selection draw a jury
2 : to take (money) from a place of deposit
3 : to write and sign (a draft) in due form for use in making a demand draw a check
4 : to write out in due form hired an attorney to draw our wills

intransitive verb

: to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit

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