—verb (used with object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.
- to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling force; pull; drag (often followed by along, away, in, out, or off ).
- to bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source: to draw water from a well.
- to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force or influence; attract: The concert drew a large audience.
- to sketch (someone or something) in lines or words; delineate; depict: to draw a vase with charcoal; to draw the comedy’s characters with skill.
- to compose or create (a picture) in lines.
- to mark or lay out; trace: to draw perpendicular lines.
- to frame or formulate: to draw a distinction.
- to write out in legal form (sometimes followed by up ): Draw up the contract.
- to inhale or suck in: to draw liquid through a straw.
- to derive or use, as from a source: to draw inspiration from Shakespeare.
- to deduce; infer: to draw a conclusion.
- to get, take, or receive, as from a source: to draw interest on a savings account; to draw a salary of $600 a week.
- to withdraw funds from a drawing account, especially against future commissions on sales.
- to produce; bring in: The deposits draw interest.
- to disembowel: to draw a turkey.
- to drain: to draw a pond.
- to pull out to full or greater length; make by attenuating; stretch: to draw filaments of molten glass.
- to bend (a bow) by pulling back its string in preparation for shooting an arrow.
- to choose or to have assigned to one at random, by or as by picking an unseen number, item, etc.: Let’s draw straws to see who has to wash the car.
- Metalworking. to form or reduce the sectional area of (a wire, tube, etc.) by pulling through a die.
- to wrinkle or shrink by contraction.
- Medicine/Medical. to cause to discharge: to draw an abscess by a poultice.
- to obtain (rations, clothing, equipment, weapons, or ammunition) from an issuing agency, as an army quartermaster.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) to need (a specific depth of water) to float: She draws six feet.
- to leave (a contest) undecided; finish with neither side winning, as in a tie.
- to take or be dealt (a card or cards) from the pack.
- Bridge. to remove the outstanding cards in (a given suit) by leading that suit: He had to draw spades first in order to make the contract.
- Billiards. to cause (a cue ball) to recoil after impact by giving it a backward spin on the stroke.
- (Northeastern U.S. chiefly New England) to haul; cart.
- Hunting. to search (a covert) for game.
- Cricket. to play (a ball) with a bat held at an angle in order to deflect the ball between the wicket and the legs.
- Curling. to slide (the stone) gently.
- to steep (tea) in boiling water.
- to form or shape (glass) as it comes from the furnace by stretching.