- [[t]drɔ[/t]]v. drew, drawn, draw•ing, n.1) to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling force; pull; drag (often fol. by along, away, in, out, or off)2) cvb to pull down or over so as to cover, or to pull up or aside so as to uncover:Draw the curtain. He drew the blanket over him[/ex]3) to bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source:to draw water from a well; to draw blood from a vein[/ex]4) to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force; attract:The sale drew large crowds[/ex]5) to sketch, render, or trace (figures or objects), as with lines or tones:to draw a vase with charcoal[/ex]6) fia to compose or create (a picture) with lines, tones, or color7) to depict or delineate, as with words:to draw a character with skill and humor[/ex]8) to mark or lay out; trace:to draw perpendicular lines[/ex]9) to frame or formulate:to draw a distinction[/ex]10) to write out in legal form (sometimes fol. by up):Draw up the contract[/ex]11) to inhale or suck in:to draw liquid through a straw[/ex]12) to derive or use:to draw strength from prayer[/ex]13) to deduce; infer:to draw a conclusion[/ex]14) to get, take, or receive:to draw a salary of $600 a week[/ex]15) bus to withdraw (funds) from an account16) bus to write (a check) so as to take money from an account (often fol. by on or against)17) to produce; bring in:The deposits draw interest[/ex]18) to disembowel:to draw a turkey[/ex]19) to pull out to full or greater length; stretch:to draw filaments of molten glass[/ex]20) spo to bend by pulling back the string in preparation for shooting an arrow:to draw a bow[/ex]21)a) to choose or have assigned to one by or as if by lottery:to draw kitchen duty[/ex]b) to pick unseen or at random, as from among marked slips of paper or numbered tickets:to draw straws to see who wins[/ex]22) mel Metalworking. to form or reduce the sectional area of (a wire, tube, etc.) by pulling through a die23) to wrinkle or shrink by contraction24) med Med. to cause to discharge:to draw an abscess by a poultice[/ex]25) naut. navig. (of a vessel) to need (a specific depth of water) to float26) spo gam to finish (a contest) with neither side winning; tie27) gama) to take or be dealt (a playing card or cards) from the packb) (in bridge) to remove the outstanding cards in (a suit) by leading28) spo gam (in billiards) to cause (a cue ball) to recoil after impact by administering a backward spin on the stroke29) to steep (tea) in boiling water30) to exert a pulling, moving, or attracting force31) to move or pass, esp. slowly or continuously, as under a pulling force:The day draws near[/ex]32) to take out a sword, pistol, etc., for action33) to hold a drawing, lottery, or the like:to draw for prizes[/ex]34) fia to sketch or to trace figures; create a picture or depict an image by drawing35) fia to be skilled in or practice the art of drawing36) to shrink or contract (often fol. by up)37) to make a demand (usu. fol. by on or upon):to draw on one's imagination[/ex]38) meda) to act as an irritant; cause blistersb) to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point39) to produce or permit a draft, as a flue40) to leave a contest undecided; tie41) to attract customers, an audience, etc42) to pull back the string of a bow in preparation for shooting an arrow43) cvb phv draw awaya) to move awayb) to move farther ahead:One runner drew away from the pack[/ex]44) cvb phv draw ina) to cause to take part or enter, esp. unwittingly:This is your fight; don't draw me in[/ex]b) to make a sketch or drawing of:to draw in a human figure against the landscape[/ex]45) cvb phv draw off, to move back or away46) phv draw ona) to come nearer; approach:Winter was drawing on[/ex]b) to clothe oneself in:to draw on one's gloves[/ex]c) to utilize or make use of, esp. as a source:The article draws heavily on gossip[/ex]47) draw outa) phv to pull out; removeb) phv to prolongc) phv to persuade to speakd) phv to take (money) from a place of deposit48) phv draw upa) phv to draft, esp. in legal form or as a formal proposalb) phv to put into position; arrange in order or formationc) phv to bring or come to a stop; halt:The bus drew up at the curb[/ex]49) an act of drawing50) something that attracts customers, an audience, etc51) something that is moved by being drawn, as the movable part of a drawbridge52) something that is chosen or drawn at random, as a lot or chance54) a contest that ends in a tie55) spoAlso called draw play a football play in which the quarterback fades as if to pass and then hands the ball to a back who is running toward the line of scrimmage.56) gama) draw pokerb) (in poker) a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack57) geoa) a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gullyb) the dry bed of a streamc) dial. Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine58) spo the pull necessary to draw a bow to its full extent•Etymology: bef. 900; OE dragan; c. ON draga to draw, OHG tragan to carry; cf. drag
From formal English to slang. 2014.