A boat drawing 18 inches.
A singer who is a popular draw.
Have the draw on one's enemies.
A horse draws the cart.
The chess players drew in 32 moves.
A pump drawing water; a blow that drew blood.
Drawn to despair; drew them to resign.
A performance that drew jeers from the audience.
Draw a deed.
A ship drawing near the shore.
The new play is drawing well.
The patient's veins don't draw easily.
The flue isn't drawing.
Drawing on an account; drew from the experience of fellow workers.
Material that draws when it dries.
To draw the enemy's fire.
To draw a good salary.
Savings that draw interest.
To draw a rope tight.
To draw nearer.
The game ended in a draw.
- 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.
To draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.
- (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.
- (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.
- 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.
- To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch.To draw a mass of metal into wire.
- (intransitive) To become contracted; to shrink.
She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem.
We drew last time we played. I drew him last time I played him. I drew my last game against him.
- 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.
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.
Drew a gun from beneath the counter; drew out a fat wallet.
A traitor to the king who was drawn and quartered.
Draw enemy fire; draw a penalty on an opponent.
Deposits that draw interest at a rate of 5 percent.
Draw a comparison.
His challenge drew no reply.
The chimney draws well.
- To fail to find or remember something.
- 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.
- To decide by a lottery with straws of unequal lengths.
- 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.
- to be quicker than (another) in doing something, as in drawing one's weapon
- 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
- to move away or ahead
- to withdraw; retreat
- to reduce in numberTo draw down troops.
- to depleteHe drew down the available funds.
- to approach
- 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
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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.