- Draw is defined as to pull or attract something or someone or to make lines, pictures or figures with a writing device.
- An example of draw is pulling a splinter out of a toe.
- An example of draw is encouraging someone to approach you because you are an attractive person.
- An example of draw is an artist making a sketch of a live model.
An archer draws back his bow string.
draw definition by Webster's New World
- to make move toward one or along with one by or as by exerting force; pull; haul; drag: a horse draws the cart
- to pull up (a sail, drawbridge, etc.)
- to pull down (a window shade, etc.)
- to pull in (a dragnet, etc.)
- to pull aside or together (a curtain, etc.)
- to pull across, as a violin bow over strings
- to attract; charm; entice
- to attract (audiences of a specified size or kind)
- to pull out; take out; remove; extract, as a tooth, cork, weapon, etc.
- to remove (a liquid, etc.) by sucking, draining, distilling, seeping, etc.
- to bring up, as water from a well
- to cause (liquid) to flow from an opening, tap, etc.: to draw a bath, to draw blood
- to take or get (a card or cards)
- to cause (a card or cards) to be played out: draw your opponent's trump
- to pull out to its fullest extent; make tense; stretch; extend: to draw a rope tight to pull out of shape; distort to stretch, flatten, or shape (metal) by die stamping, hammering, etc. to make metal into (wire) by pulling it through holes
- to make (lines, figures, pictures, etc.), as with a pencil, pen, brush, or stylus; diagram to describe in words to make (comparisons, etc.); formulate
Origin: Middle English drawen ; from Old English dragan, akin to Old Norse draga, to drag, German tragen, to bear, carry ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dherāgh-, to pull, draw along from source Classical Latin trahere, to pull, draw
- to draw something (in various senses of the vt.)
- to be drawn or have a drawing effect
- to come; move; approach: to draw nearer
- to shrink or contract
- to allow a draft of air, smoke, etc. to move through: the chimney draws well
- to suck (on a tobacco pipe, etc.)
- to attract audiences
- to become filled with wind: said of sails
- to steep: said of tea
- to make a demand or demands (on or upon)
- to track game by following its scent
- to move slowly toward the game after pointing: said of hounds
- a drawing or being drawn (in various senses)
- the result of drawing
- a thing drawn
- the cards dealt as replacements in draw poker
Origin: from, formerly, the withdrawal of stakes in such a casea tie; stalemate: the game ended in a draw
- a thing that attracts interest, audiences, etc.
- ☆ the movable part of a drawbridge
- a shallow gully or ravine, as one that water drains into or through
- ☆ Football a play in which the quarterback moves back to pass and then quickly gives the ball to a running back or quickly reverses direction and runs with the ball
draw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb drew drew , drawn drawn , draw·ing, draws verb, transitive
- a. To cause to move after or toward one by applying continuous force; drag: drew the chair closer to the table; a team of horses drawing a wagon. See Synonyms at pull.b. To cause to move in a given direction or to a given position, as by leading: The teacher drew the children into the room to see the decorations.c. To move or pull so as to cover or uncover something: draw the curtains.
- To cause to flow forth: a pump drawing water; a blow that drew blood.
- To suck or take in (air, for example); inhale.
- To require (a specified depth of water) for floating: a boat drawing 18 inches.
- To take or pull out: drew a gun from beneath the counter; drew out a fat wallet.
- a. To extract or take for one's own use: draw strength from one's friends.b. To make (tea) by steeping.
- To eviscerate; disembowel.
- a. To cause to come by attracting; attract: afraid the casino will draw undesirable elements to the town.b. To select or take in from a given group, type, or region: draw clients from all levels of society.
- To bring to a certain condition or action; lead: drawn to despair; drew them to resign.
- To bring about deliberately; provoke: draw enemy fire; draw a penalty on an opponent.
- To evoke as a response; elicit: a performance that drew jeers from the audience.
- To earn; gain: deposits that draw interest at a rate of 5 percent.
- a. To withdraw (money).b. To use (a check, for example) when paying.c. To receive on a regular basis or at a specified time: draw a pension.
- To take or receive by chance: draw lots.
- Games a. To take (cards) from a dealer or central stack.b. To force (a card) to be played.
- To end or leave (a contest) tied or undecided.
- Sports a. To hit or strike (a billiard ball, for example) so as to give it backspin.b. To hit (a golf ball) with a draw.
- To pull back the string of (a bow).
- To distort the shape of.
- To stretch taut.
- 21. a. To flatten, stretch, or mold (metal) by hammering or die stamping.b. To shape or elongate (a wire, for example) by pulling through dies.
- 22. a. To inscribe (a line or lines) with a pencil or other marking implement.b. To make a likeness of on a surface, using mostly lines; depict with lines: drew a map of the area; drawing landscapes and still lifes.c. To portray in writing or speech; depict with words: draws moving scenes of ghetto life.
- 23. To formulate or devise from evidence or data at hand: draw a comparison.
- 24. To compose or write out in legal format: draw a deed.
- To proceed or move steadily: a ship drawing near the shore.
- To attract customers or spectators: The new play is drawing well.
- To pour forth liquid: The patient's veins don't draw easily.
- To cause suppuration.
- To take in a draft of air: The flue isn't drawing.
- To steep in or as if in the manner of tea.
- To pull out a weapon for use.
- To use or call upon part of a fund or supply: drawing on an account; drew from the experience of fellow workers.
- To contract or tighten: material that draws when it dries.
- To conclude a contest without either side winning; tie: The chess players drew in 32 moves.
- To make a likeness with lines on a surface; sketch.
- a. An act of drawing.b. The result of drawing.
- Something drawn, especially a lot, card, or cards drawn at random.
- Sports & Games a. The arrangement of competitors in a tournament in which the match-ups are made at random.b. A match-up or opponent in such a tournament.
- An inhalation, especially through a pipe or other smoking implement.
- One that attracts interest, customers, or spectators: a singer who is a popular draw.
- The movable part of a drawbridge.
- A special advantage; an edge: have the draw on one's enemies.
- A contest ending without either side winning.
- A small natural depression that water drains into; a shallow gully.
- Football A play in which the quarterback drops back as if to pass and then hands off to a running back.
- Sports A face-off.
- a. Games A draw shot.b. Sports A moderate, usually controlled hook in golf.
Origin: Middle English drauen, from Old English dragan.
draw - Business Definition
- To write a preliminary draft of a legal document, such as a will.
- To withdraw funds from a depositary institution.
- To receive an advance payment against funds that are or will be owed.
- To take funds (as an owner) from one's own business.
draw - Computer Definition
(Direct Read After Write) Reading data immediately after it has been written to check for recording errors.
draw - Legal Definition
draw - Phrases/Idioms
beat to the drawâ
draw and quarterMedieval History
- to execute by tying each arm and leg to a different horse, and then driving the horses in four different directions
- to eviscerate and cut into pieces after hanging
draw onor draw nigh
draw oneself up
- to assume a straighter posture; stand or sit straight
- to bridle
- to extend; lengthen; prolong
- to take out; extract
- to get (a person) to answer or talk
- to arrange in order; marshal
- to compose (a document) in proper form; draft
- to bring or come to a stop
- to raise one's shoulders and pull one's limbs close to the body; huddle
draw a blank
draw and quarter
- To execute (a prisoner) by tying each limb to a horse and driving the horses in different directions.
- To disembowel and dismember after hanging. Informal
- To punish severely: The teenager was drawn and quartered for wrecking the family's only car.
draw the line
- To decide firmly an arbitrary boundary between two things: “Where do you draw the line between your own decisions and those of your superiors?” (Robert Marion).
- To decide firmly the limit of what one will tolerate or participate in: The officer committed fraud but drew the line at blackmail.