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


His illness left him looking very pale and drawn. She had a drawn face.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

From 1994 to 2015, according to the Independent newspaper, the most drawn Lotto balls in the UK were 23, 38, 31, 25, 33 and 11. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Want to win this week’s Mega Millions jackpot? Here are some things to avoid," 6 June 2019 Her family is a huge reason why the author is so drawn to gardening. Megan Stein, Country Living, "This Is Joanna Gaines's Absolute Favorite Flower to Grow," 16 Mar. 2019 Trillions of dollars have left stock- and bond-picking firms in the past decade, as investors have become more drawn to less-expensive and often better-performing ETFs and index funds. Justin Baer, WSJ, "New Funds Take Pay Cut If They Can’t Beat the Market," 5 Nov. 2018 The report also found that millennial consumers in Russia are more drawn to luxury brands when they’re featured in social media posts by their friends or by influencers, as opposed to by brands. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The #FallingStars challenge highlights extreme wealth — and extreme inequality," 26 Oct. 2018 One explanation for why people are so drawn to looking at selfies could be a psychological framework called social comparison theory. Michael Weigold, Philly.com, "Selfie psychology: Would you risk your life for a photo?," 9 May 2018 But Michigan, along with North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, was one of the biggest targets of liberals frustrated by Republican-drawn maps. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Nonpartisan redistricting measure makes Michigan ballot," 20 June 2018 As the two arrived at the truck, police cars and officers with drawn weapons boxed them in, the lawsuit says. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Lawsuit says Charlotte cop put gun to head of unarmed man, then lied to justify it," 1 June 2018 With such a ruling, plaintiffs would turn to state courts, Brennan Center voting rights attorney Michael Li said, noting that the idea has gained traction after a state court in January threw out Pennsylvania's Republican-drawn congressional map. Andrew Chung, The Christian Science Monitor, "Some US states take initiative to eliminate partisan gerrymandering," 7 June 2018

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1613, in the meaning defined above

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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) \

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

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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