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 The Foundation for Hospital Art will send you a kit, complete with pre-drawn canvases and art supplies. Martha Shade, CNN, "Holiday gifts that give back," 13 Dec. 2020 Not surprisingly, saddled with a rookie wide receiver in the crucial role that carries out complicated pre-drawn plays and sometimes changes tactics on the fly -- the Broncos lost 31-3. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Biden's hopes of reviving Iran nuclear deal may already be coming undone," 1 Dec. 2020 As expected, this has caused confusion and drawn ire. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Seeing 'until tomorrow' all over Instagram? Here's what it means," 26 Mar. 2020 And that was a really well drawn scene and incorporated all the dynamics of everybody, the whole Scooby gang, as well as Dee Dee [Clemons] and Blue Falcon [Wahlberg] and Dynomutt. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The Scoob! cast solves our silliest (and weirdest) Scooby-Doo mysteries," 15 May 2020 The threat of an elbow poke is akin to the threat of a drawn sword. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "In San Francisco’s shelter-in-place, your pooch is your passport," 24 Mar. 2020 Over time, Brown found himself more and more drawn to mentalism and started developing his credo of letting audiences see what the process of mind reading looked like in action. Adam Green, The New Yorker, "How Derren Brown Remade Mind Reading for Skeptics," 30 Sep. 2019 Birds, for example, that are drawn to light may crash into buildings, particularly ones with transparent or reflective windows. New York Times, "Why Is New York City’s Skyline Always Lit Up?," 27 Dec. 2019 What hasn’t changed is that people drawn to cities like to experience them on foot. John King, SFChronicle.com, "A visionary plan to rid SF’s Market Street of cars — in 1963. Sound familiar?," 6 Dec. 2019

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“Drawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawn. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drawn

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


\ 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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