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 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 Some have knocked heads with Hurley, yes, drawn suspensions; some have played very sparingly. Dom Amore, courant.com, "No one has transferred off the UConn men in 30 months. Here’s why Dan Hurley’s Huskies have found roster stability in an era with so much movement.," 5 Nov. 2019 Bennet's tenure has been marked with several mishaps that have generated controversy, drawn criticism, and spurred at least one lawsuit. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "New York Times' botched Kavanaugh story the latest in series of blunders from Opinion section," 16 Sep. 2019 As of Thursday, only 10 candidates had generated 2% in four qualifying polls and drawn donations from at least 130,000 people. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Gillibrand’s Exit From 2020 Presidential Race Spotlights Her Push for Women’s Advancement," 29 Aug. 2019 The automobile industry, in particular, has witnessed a long-drawn slowdown, resulting in significant job losses. Rahul Menon, Quartz India, "India’s economic slump is far too deep to be tackled with mere tinkering of interest rates," 7 Aug. 2019 After studying electrical engineering, Urtasun became drawn to machine learning and started developing algorithms for smaller problems (including an algorithm that scans a user’s photo to determine if her outfit is on point). Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "These Women Are Building Uber's First Self-Driving Car," 16 July 2019 As more and more vehicles begin pouring into Creative Village later this month when the joint downtown UCF/Valencia campus opens, those looking for parking may not find drawn spots but instead strips of on-street zones. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "On-street parking will be meterless in Creative Village, but it’s still going to cost you," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of drawn


1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drawn was in 1613

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“Drawn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawn. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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