Definition of drawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of draw


\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce drawn (audio) , ˈdrän \

Definition of drawn (Entry 2 of 2)

: showing the effects of tension, pain, or illness : haggard a face drawn with pain

Examples of drawn in a Sentence

Adjective His illness left him looking very pale and drawn. She had a drawn face.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Featuring two pre-drawn flipbooks, one blank flipbook, four non-toxic markers, and three clips, this kit will help your kids make up to three flipbooks just for pops. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 21 Apr. 2022 Though Simone works to maintain a cool and composed façade, Maya lets her anxiety show in subtle facial expressions that grow gradually more drawn. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2022 Some people seem a little too drawn to it, but, Vasta recalls, Bastida remained focused on the goal. Lizzie Widdicombe, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2021 As this year's Villeneuve release indicates, filmmakers remain drawn to the source material -- partially because of the complexities and challenges involved. Radhika Marya, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 Traveling photographer Pedro is a drawn, taciturn type, who prefers to let his camera do the talking. Guy Lodge, Variety, 6 Dec. 2021 The police say there is no such thing as a routine stop; the driver's behavior can turn it into a high-risk encounter calling for drawn weapons and other measures. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 1 Nov. 2021 These are the stories that need to be told by the people who need to, and feel drawn to, be the ones telling them. Jessica Gold, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 As a result, the Bolsonaro clan remain drawn to him. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2021 See More

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1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Drawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawn. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce drawn (audio) \

Kids Definition of drawn

: looking very thin and tired especially from worry, pain, or illness

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