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 color
7) 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 account
16) 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]
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 die
23) to wrinkle or shrink by contraction
24) 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 float
26) spo gam to finish (a contest) with neither side winning; tie
27) gam
a) to take or be dealt (a playing card or cards) from the pack
b) (in bridge) to remove the outstanding cards in (a suit) by leading
28) spo gam (in billiards) to cause (a cue ball) to recoil after impact by administering a backward spin on the stroke
29) to steep (tea) in boiling water
30) to exert a pulling, moving, or attracting force
31) 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 action
33) 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 drawing
35) fia to be skilled in or practice the art of drawing
36) 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) med
a) to act as an irritant; cause blisters
b) to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point
39) to produce or permit a draft, as a flue
40) to leave a contest undecided; tie
41) to attract customers, an audience, etc
42) to pull back the string of a bow in preparation for shooting an arrow
43) cvb phv draw away
a) to move away
b) to move farther ahead:
One runner drew away from the pack[/ex]
44) cvb phv draw in
a) 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 away
46) phv draw on
a) 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 out
a) phv to pull out; remove
b) phv to prolong
c) phv to persuade to speak
d) phv to take (money) from a place of deposit
48) phv draw up
a) phv to draft, esp. in legal form or as a formal proposal
b) phv to put into position; arrange in order or formation
c) phv to bring or come to a stop; halt:
The bus drew up at the curb[/ex]
49) an act of drawing
50) something that attracts customers, an audience, etc
51) something that is moved by being drawn, as the movable part of a drawbridge
52) something that is chosen or drawn at random, as a lot or chance
53) drawing 7), drawing 8)
54) a contest that ends in a tie
55) spo
Also 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) gam
b) (in poker) a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack
57) geo
a) a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully
b) the dry bed of a stream
c) dial. Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine
58) 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.

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