draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü How to pronounce draw (audio) \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce draw (audio) , ˈdrän \; drawing

Essential Meaning of draw

1 : to make (a picture, image, etc.) by making lines on a surface especially with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc., but not usually with paint He drew me a picture of the bike. = He drew a picture of the bike for me. The computer can draw the graph for you. See More ExamplesStudents drew maps of the states and labeled them. You draw very well. She sat down and began to draw.Hide
2 : to cause (attention) to be given to someone or something The case has drawn attention to the fact that many athletes never graduate. I would like to draw your attention to the third line. He didn't want to draw attention to himself. [=he did not want to cause people to notice him]
3 : to cause (someone or something) to come : to attract (someone or something) The band always draws a large crowd. She felt drawn [=attracted] to the young man. See More ExamplesThe college draws students from around the world. The animals were drawn to the campsite by the smell of food. We hope the display in the window will draw customers in from the street. The lure of city life has drawn away many of the town's young people. My eye was drawn to the painting. [=some characteristic of the painting made me want to look at it]Hide

Full Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance : pull draw your chair up by the fire : such as
a : to move (something, such as a covering) over or to one side draw the drapes
b : to pull up or out of a receptacle or place where seated or carried draw water from the well drew a gun also : to cause to come out of a container or source draw water for a bath the nurse drew a blood sample the wound drew blood
2 : to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading) drew him aside
3a : to bring by inducement or allure : attract honey draws flies
b : to bring in or gather from a specified group or area a college that draws its students from many states
c : bring on, provoke drew enemy fire
d : to bring out by way of response : elicit drew cheers from the audience
e sports : to receive in the course of play The batter drew a walk. draw a foul
4 : inhale drew a deep breath
5a : to extract the essence from draw tea
b : eviscerate plucking and drawing a goose before cooking
c : to derive to one's benefit drew inspiration from the old masters
6 nautical : to require (a specified depth) to float in a ship that draws 12 feet of water
7a : accumulate, gain drawing interest
b : to take (money) from a place of deposit drew $100 from the bank
c : to use in making a cash demand drawing a check against his account
d : to receive regularly or in due course draw a salary
8a card games : to take (cards) from a stack or from the dealer draw four cards
b : to receive or take at random drew a winning number
9 archery : to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string drew the bow and aimed at the target
10 : to cause to shrink, contract, or tighten draw your knees into your chest Her face was drawn with pain.
11 sports
a : to strike (a ball) so as to impart a backward spin
b golf : to strike (a ball) so that a slight to moderate hook (see hook entry 1 sense 3) results
12 : to leave (a contest) undecided : tie drew the game 3–3
13a(1) : to produce a likeness or representation of by making lines on a surface draw a picture draw a bowl of fruit draw a graph with chalk
(2) : to give a portrayal of : delineate a writer who draws characters well
b : to write out in due form draw a will
c : to design or describe in detail : formulate draw comparisons
14 : to infer from evidence or premises draw a conclusion
15 : to spread or elongate (metal) by hammering or by pulling through dies also : to shape (a material, such as plastic) by stretching or by pulling through dies

intransitive verb

1 : to come or go steadily or gradually night draws near
2a : to move something by pulling drawing at the well
b : to exert an attractive force the play is drawing well
3a archery : to pull back a bowstring
b : to bring out a weapon drew, aimed, and fired
4a : to produce a draft the chimney draws well draw on a cigar
b nautical : to swell out in a wind all sails drawing
5a : to wrinkle or tighten up : shrink
b : to change shape by pulling or stretching
6 medical : to cause blood or pus to localize at one point
7 : to create a likeness or a picture in outlines : sketch loves to paint and draw not good at drawing
8 : to come out even in a contest they drew 3–3
9a : to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit
b : to obtain resources (as of information) drawing from a common fund of knowledge
draw a bead on
: to take aim at
draw a blank
: to fail to gain a desired object (such as information sought) also : to be unable to think of something
draw on or draw upon
: to use as a source of supply drawing on the whole community for support
draw straws
: to decide or assign something by lottery in which straws of unequal length are used
draw the line or draw a line
1 : to fix an arbitrary (see arbitrary sense 1b) boundary between things that tend to intermingle drawing a line between good and bad art
2 : to fix a boundary excluding what one will not tolerate or engage in helps clean the house but draws the line at washing windows

draw

noun

Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of drawing (see draw entry 1) : such as
a : a sucking pull on something held with the lips took a long draw on her cigarette
b : a removal of a handgun from its holster quick on the draw
c : backward spin given to a ball by striking it below center — compare follow
2 : something that is drawn: such as
a : a lot or chance drawn at random the only grand prize winner of the lottery draw
b : the selection of competitors in a sports event also : the arrangement of competitors in a sporting event by order drawn the draw for a tennis tournament
c : a card drawn to replace a discard in poker
d : the movable part of a drawbridge
3 : a contest left undecided or deadlocked : tie
4 : one that draws attention or patronage (see patronage sense 4) : attraction Their band is the main draw at the festival.
5 archery
a : the distance from the string to the back of a drawn bow (see bow entry 3 sense 2)
b : the force required to draw a bow fully
6 geology : a gully shallower than a ravine
7 : the deal in draw poker to improve the players' hands after discarding
8 football : a play that simulates a pass play so a runner can go straight up the middle past the pass rushers
9 golf : a slight to moderate and usually intentional hook (see hook entry 1 sense 3)
10 : a face-off in ice hockey won the draw and knocked the puck backward

Other Words from draw

Verb

drawable \ ˈdrȯ-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce draw (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for draw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of draw in a Sentence

Verb The computer can draw the graph for you. Students drew maps of the states and labeled them. She sat down and began to draw. The case has drawn attention to the fact that many athletes never graduate. I would like to draw your attention to the third line. The band always draws a large crowd. The college draws students from around the world. The animals were drawn to the campsite by the smell of food. We hope the display in the window will draw customers in from the street. The lure of city life has drawn away many of the town's young people. Noun Their band is the main draw at the festival. The festival is always a big draw.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The game began to draw more attention than the boys game, with 3,000 spectators on average, and sometimes as many as 5,000. Lori Riley, courant.com, 23 Nov. 2021 There are two categories of ailment that tend to draw the attention of the medical profession: those that can be fatal, and those that can treated. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 The center embarked on the first major effort to draw attention to women living with AIDS. Annabelle Williams, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 The heat officer title helps draw attention to the work. NBC News, 22 Nov. 2021 Hamilton is wearing a rainbow-colored helmet in Qatar to draw attention to the anti-LGBTQ+ laws that World Cup organizers effectively suggest won’t be enforced during the tournament. Rob Harris, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021 Based in Germany, the World Uyghur Congress is made up of exiled Uyghurs and those seeking to draw attention to allegations of genocide in the Xinjiang region of China. Matt Egan, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Among her other academic writings, Republicans are also poised to draw attention to her call for putting a government representative on the board of any banking institution deemed big enough to pose a potential risk to the broader financial system. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Shaoul decided to build on her online directory of 800 businesses, which small brick-and-mortar businesses in Portland can join for free, to help draw more customers to local shops. oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Americans started the second half of World Cup qualifying with a bumpy 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Tuesday night. Ronald Blum, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Michail Antonio exchanged first-half goals 11 minutes apart in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier that finished in a 1-1 draw Tuesday before a sparse crowd limited by COVID-19 to less than 5,000 at National Stadium. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 And for 90 or so minutes in Kingston, the Americans never really came up with answers, looking mostly spiritless in a 1-1 draw. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 El Salvador gained a 1-1 draw against visiting Jamaica on a 90th-minute goal from Alex Roldán — a brother of the Americans’ Cristian Roldan — after Michail Antonio put the Reggae Boyz ahead in the 82nd. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Atlético dropped to third in the group behind Porto, which was held to a 1-1 draw at last-place AC Milan. Graham Dunbar, ajc, 3 Nov. 2021 Carli Lloyd was, of course, going to score a goal, and lift her team, now called Gotham FC, in the process — a 1-1 draw with Racing Louisville FC ahead of a playoff campaign. Howard Megdal, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Like last week, the Rising left it late, equalizing in the 70th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw against Tacoma Defiance. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 Latin Academy took the first meeting against O’Bryant, 3-0, on Sept. 23, and the second matchup on Oct. 9 resulted in a 1-1 draw. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of draw

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for draw

Verb and Noun

Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English dragan; akin to Old Norse draga to draw, drag

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More Definitions for draw

draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn \; drawing

Kids Definition of draw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cause to move by pulling Draw the curtains, please. She drew a chair up to the table.
2 : to create a picture of by making lines on a surface I drew a map on the chalkboard.
3 : to bring or pull out Draw your sword!
4 : to move in a particular direction He drew back in horror.
5 : to bend (a bow) by pulling back the string
6 : to move or go slowly or steadily Spring is drawing near.
7 : attract sense 2 The fair drew a crowd. He didn't want to draw attention to himself.
8 : to get as a response The speech drew cheers.
9 : to bring or get from a source draw blood
10 : inhale sense 1 Draw a deep breath.
11 : to let air flow through The fireplace is drawing well.
12 : withdraw sense 1 I drew money from the bank.
13 : to take or get at random We drew names from a hat.
14 : to think of after considering information draw a conclusion
15 : to write out in proper form The lawyer drew up her will.
draw on
1 : to make use of something The story draws on old legends.
2 : to come closer Night draws on.
draw out
1 : to make last longer Questions drew out the meeting.
2 : to cause to talk freely Her friendliness drew out the new student.
draw up
1 : to bring or come to a stop The car drew up to the door.
2 : to straighten up He drew himself up to his full height.

draw

noun

Kids Definition of draw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or the result of pulling out The outlaw was quick on the draw.
2 : a tie game or contest
3 : something or someone that attracts people The roller coaster is the park's main draw.

draw

verb
\ ˈdrȯ How to pronounce draw (audio) \
drew\ ˈdrü How to pronounce draw (audio) \; drawn\ ˈdrȯn How to pronounce draw (audio) \; drawing

Medical Definition of draw

transitive verb

1 : to cause to move toward or localize in a surface using a poultice to draw inflammation to a head especially : to cause (an unwanted element) to depart (as from the body or a lesion) this will help draw the poison
2 : inhale she drew a deep breath
3 : to remove the viscera of : eviscerate

intransitive verb

1 : to cause local congestion : induce blood or other body fluid to localize at a particular point : be effective as a blistering agent or counterirritant used of a poultice and comparable means of medication
2 of a lesion : to become localized used in the phrase draw to a head

draw

verb
drew; drawn; drawing

Legal Definition of draw

transitive verb

1 : to compose by random selection draw a jury
2 : to take (money) from a place of deposit
3 : to write and sign (a draft) in due form for use in making a demand draw a check
4 : to write out in due form hired an attorney to draw our wills

intransitive verb

: to make a written demand for payment of money on deposit

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