Draw meaning

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To make a likeness with lines on a surface; sketch.
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To suck or take in (air, for example); inhale.
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A contest ending without either side winning.
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(football) A play in which the quarterback drops back as if to pass and then runs or hands off to a running back.
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To require (a specified depth of water) for floating.

A boat drawing 18 inches.

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Something drawn, especially a lot, card, or cards drawn at random.
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An inhalation, especially through a pipe or other smoking implement.
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One that attracts interest, customers, or spectators.

A singer who is a popular draw.

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The movable part of a drawbridge.
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A special advantage; an edge.

Have the draw on one's enemies.

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A small natural depression that water drains into; a shallow gully.
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(sports) A face-off.
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To make move toward one or along with one by or as by exerting force; pull; haul; drag.

A horse draws the cart.

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To pull back the bowstring of (an archer's bow)
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To need (a specified depth of water) to float in.
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(billiards) To cause (the cue ball) to reverse direction after it hits an object ball, by imparting backspin to it.
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(cricket) To deflect (the ball) to the side of the field on which the batsman stands, by a slight turn of the bat.
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(golf) To deliberately cause (a ball) to hook slightly.
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To take (air, smoke, etc.) into the mouth or lungs; breathe in, inhale, etc.
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To conclude a contest without either side winning; tie.

The chess players drew in 32 moves.

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To cause to flow forth.

A pump drawing water; a blow that drew blood.

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To bring to a certain condition or action; lead.

Drawn to despair; drew them to resign.

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To evoke as a response; elicit.

A performance that drew jeers from the audience.

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To compose or write out in legal format.

Draw a deed.

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To proceed or move steadily.

A ship drawing near the shore.

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To attract customers or spectators.

The new play is drawing well.

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To pour forth liquid.

The patient's veins don't draw easily.

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To cause suppuration.
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To take in a draft of air.

The flue isn't drawing.

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To steep in or as if in the manner of tea.
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To pull out a weapon for use.
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To use or call upon part of a fund or supply.

Drawing on an account; drew from the experience of fellow workers.

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To contract or tighten.

Material that draws when it dries.

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To bring about as a result; bring on; provoke.

To draw the enemy's fire.

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(med.) To cause a flow of (blood, pus, etc.) to some part.
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To pull out; take out; remove; extract, as a tooth, cork, weapon, etc.
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To take out the viscera of; disembowel.
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To get or receive from some source.

To draw a good salary.

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To withdraw (money) held in an account.
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To have accruing to it.

Savings that draw interest.

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To write (a check or draft)
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To reach (a conclusion or inference); deduce.
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To get or pick (a number, straw, prize, etc.) at random, as in a lottery.
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To bring (a contest or game) to a tie.
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To pull out to its fullest extent; make tense; stretch; extend.

To draw a rope tight.

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To pull out of shape; distort.
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To stretch, flatten, or shape (metal) by die stamping, hammering, etc.
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To make metal into (wire) by pulling it through holes.
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To make (lines, figures, pictures, etc.), as with a pencil, pen, brush, or stylus; diagram.
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To describe in words.
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To make (comparisons, etc.); formulate.
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To draw something (in various senses of the vt.)
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To be drawn or have a drawing effect.
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To come; move; approach.

To draw nearer.

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To shrink or contract.
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To suck (on a tobacco pipe, etc.)
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To steep.
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To make a demand or demands (on or upon)
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A drawing or being drawn (in various senses)
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The result of drawing.
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A thing drawn.
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The cards dealt as replacements in draw poker.
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A tie; stalemate.

The game ended in a draw.

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To prepare and execute a financial instrument such as a draft or check; to prepare a legal document such as a will or contract; to withdraw funds from a bank account.
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To move or develop something.
  • To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
  • To deduce or infer.
    He tried to draw a conclusion from the facts.
  • (intransitive) (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.
    Tea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring'.
  • To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, etc.
    To draw money from a bank.
  • To take into the lungs; to inhale.
  • To move; to come or go; used with prepositions and adverbs.
    We drew back from the cliff edge.
    The runners drew level with each other as they approached the finish line.
    Draw near to the fire and I will tell you a tale.
  • To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
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(archaic) To draw up (a document).

To draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.

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(physical) To exert or experience force.
  • To drag, pull.
  • (intransitive) To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling.
    This horse draws well.
    A ship's sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind.
  • To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
    One fine day in the middle of the night, / two dead men got up to fight. / Back to back they faced each other, / Drew their swords and shot each other.
  • To undergo the action of pulling or dragging.
    The carriage draws easily.
  • (archery) To pull back the bowstring and its arrow in preparation for shooting.
  • (of curtains, etc.) To close.
    You should draw the curtains at night.
  • (card games) To take the top card of a deck into hand.
    At the start of their turn, each player must draw a card.
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(fluidic) To remove or separate or displace.
  • To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood.
    Draw water from a well; draw water for a bath; the wound drew blood.
  • To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
  • (figuratively) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
  • To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
    A ship draws ten feet of water.
  • (intransitive, medicine, dated) To work as an epispastic; said of a blister, poultice, etc.
  • (intransitive, dated) To have a draught; to transmit smoke, gases, etc.
    A chimney or flue draws.
  • (analogous) To consume, for example, power.
    The circuit draws three hundred watts.
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To change in size or shape.
  • To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch.
    To draw a mass of metal into wire.
  • (intransitive) To become contracted; to shrink.
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To attract or be attracted.
  • The citizens were afraid the casino would draw an undesirable element to their town. I was drawn to her.
  • (hunting) To search for game.
  • To cause.
  • (intransitive) To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.
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(Usually as draw on or draw upon): to rely on; utilize as a source.

She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem.

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He will be hanged, drawn and quartered.

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(intransitive) To end a game in a draw (with neither side winning).

We drew last time we played. I drew him last time I played him. I drew my last game against him.

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(stochastic) A random process.
  • To select by the drawing of lots.
    The winning lottery numbers were drawn every Tuesday.
  • To win in a lottery or similar game of chance.
    He drew a prize.
  • (poker) To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out.
    Jill has four diamonds; she'll try to draw for a flush.
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(curling) To make a shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
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The result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie.

The game ended in a draw.

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The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.

The draw is on Saturday.

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(cricket) The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.
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(golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade.
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(curling) A shot that lands in the house without hitting another stone.
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(geography) A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
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(colloquial) Cannabis.
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In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.
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(poker) A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.
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The schedule of games in a sports league - NRL Fixtures - 2011 NRL Draw.
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(archery) The act of pulling back the strings in preparation of firing.
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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.

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To take or pull out.

Drew a gun from beneath the counter; drew out a fat wallet.

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To eviscerate; disembowel.

A traitor to the king who was drawn and quartered.

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To bring about deliberately; provoke.

Draw enemy fire; draw a penalty on an opponent.

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To earn; gain.

Deposits that draw interest at a rate of 5 percent.

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To take or receive by chance.

Draw lots.

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To end or leave (a contest) tied or undecided.
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To formulate or devise from evidence or data at hand.

Draw a comparison.

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To provoke (a person) into speaking, responding, taking action, etc.
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To bring forth; elicit.

His challenge drew no reply.

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To allow a draft of air, smoke, etc. to move through.

The chimney draws well.

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To attract audiences.
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To become filled with wind.
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A thing that attracts interest, audiences, etc.
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The movable part of a drawbridge.
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A shallow gully or ravine, as one that water drains into or through.
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(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.
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(Direct Read After Write) Reading data immediately after it has been written to check for recording errors.
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draw a blank
  • To fail to find or remember something.
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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.
  • To punish severely:
    The teenager was drawn and quartered for wrecking the family's only car.
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draw straws
  • To decide by a lottery with straws of unequal lengths.
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draw the line
  • To decide firmly an arbitrary boundary between two things:
  • To decide firmly the limit of what one will tolerate or participate in:
    The officer committed fraud but drew the line at blackmail.
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beat to the draw
  • to be quicker than (another) in doing something, as in drawing one's weapon
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(historical) draw and quarter
  • 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
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draw away
  • to move away or ahead
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draw back
  • to withdraw; retreat
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draw down
  • to reduce in number
    To draw down troops.
  • to deplete
    He drew down the available funds.
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draw on
  • to approach
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draw oneself up
  • to assume a straighter posture; stand or sit straight
  • to bridle
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draw out
  • to extend; lengthen; prolong
  • to take out; extract
  • to get (a person) to answer or talk
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draw up
  • 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
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Origin of draw

  • Middle English drauen from Old English dragan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English drawen, dragen, from Old English draġan, from Proto-Germanic *draganą (cf. West Frisian drage, Dutch dragen, German tragen ‘to carry’, Danish drage), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreǵ- 'to draw, pull' (compare Albanian dredh ‘to turn, spin’, Old Armenian դառնամ (daṙnam, “to turn”), Sanskrit [script?] (dhrajas) ‘load’). See also drag.

    From Wiktionary