Definition of drawn 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past participle of draw


\ˈdrȯn, 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

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 Those people might be more psychologically hardy and drawn to novel experiences. Simone Kitchens, The Cut, "Microdosing’s Micromoment," 3 May 2018 Since his appointment at the end of December, the Swans have won five and drawn five of his 13 matches in charge, only losing three games. SI.com, "Manchester City vs Swansea Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News, Prediction & More," 21 Apr. 2018 His death in Sacramento, Calif., has launched days of protest that have shut down a city meeting and drawn support from its NBA team. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Police killings of black men in the US, and what happened to the officers," 29 Mar. 2018 Districts would still need to be contiguous and preference would be given to compactly drawn districts. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Only citizens could be counted to draw legislative districts, per Missouri House bill | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 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


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

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