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verb (used with object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.

  1. 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 ).
  2. to bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source: to draw water from a well.
  3. to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force or influence; attract: The concert drew a large audience.
  4. 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.
  5. to compose or create (a picture) in lines.
  6. to mark or lay out; trace: to draw perpendicular lines.
  7. to frame or formulateto draw a distinction.
  8. to write out in legal form (sometimes followed by up ): Draw up the contract.
  9. to inhale or suck in: to draw liquid through a straw.
  10. to derive or use, as from a source: to draw inspiration from Shakespeare.
  11. to deduce; infer: to draw a conclusion.
  12. to get, take, or receive, as from a source: to draw interest on a savings account; to draw a salary of $600 a week.
  13. to withdraw funds from a drawing account, especially against future commissions on sales.
  14. to produce; bring in: The deposits draw interest.
  15. to disembowelto draw a turkey.
  16. to drainto draw a pond.
  17. to pull out to full or greater length; make by attenuating; stretch: to draw filaments of molten glass.
  18. to bend (a bow) by pulling back its string in preparation for shooting an arrow.
  19. 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.
  20. Metalworking. to form or reduce the sectional area of (a wire, tube, etc.) by pulling through a die.
  21. to wrinkle or shrink by contraction.
  22. Medicine/Medical. to cause to discharge: to draw an abscess by a poultice.
  23. to obtain (rations, clothing, equipment, weapons, or ammunition) from an issuing agency, as an army quartermaster.
  24. Nautical. (of a vessel) to need (a specific depth of water) to float: She draws six feet.
  25. to leave (a contest) undecided; finish with neither side winning, as in a tie.
  26. Cards.
    1. to take or be dealt (a card or cards) from the pack.
    2. 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.
  27. Billiards. to cause (a cue ball) to recoil after impact by giving it a backward spin on the stroke.
  28. (Northeastern U.S. chiefly New England) to haul; cart.
  29. Hunting. to search (a covert) for game.
  30. Cricket. to play (a ball) with a bat held at an angle in order to deflect the ball between the wicket and the legs.
  31. Curling. to slide (the stone) gently.
  32. to steep (tea) in boiling water.
  33. to form or shape (glass) as it comes from the furnace by stretching.

verb (used without object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.

  1. to exert a pulling, moving, or attracting forceA sail draws by being properly trimmed and filled with wind.
  2. to move or pass, especially slowly or continuously, as under a pulling force (often followed by on, off, out, etc.): The day draws near.
  3. to take out a sword, pistol, etc., for action.
  4. to hold a drawing, lottery, or the like: to draw for prizes.
  5. to sketch or to trace figures; create a picture or depict by sketching.
  6. to be skilled in or practice the art of sketching: I can’t paint, but I can draw.
  7. to shrink or contract (often followed by up ).
  8. to make a demand (usually followed by on or upon ): to draw on one’s imagination.
  9. Medicine/Medical.
    1. to act as an irritant; cause blisters.
    2. to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point.
  10. to produce or permit a draft, as a pipe or flue.
  11. to leave a contest undecided; tie.
  12. Hunting.
    1. to search a covert for game.
    2. to follow a game animal by its scent.
  13. to attract customers, an audience, etc.: Our newspaper advertisement drew very well.
  14. to pull back the string of a bow in preparation for shooting an arrow.


  1. an act of drawing.
  2. something that attracts customers, an audience, etc.
  3. something that is moved by being drawn, as the movable part of a drawbridge.
  4. something that is chosen or drawn at random, as a lot or chance.
  5. drawing (defs 5, 6). 
  6. a contest that ends in a tie; an undecided contest.
  7. Also called draw playFootball. a play in which the quarterback fades as if to pass and then hands the ball to a back, usually the fullback, who is running toward the line of scrimmage.
  8. Poker.
    1. a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack.
    2. draw poker.
  9. Physical Geography.
    1. a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully.
    2. the dry bed of a stream.
    3. Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine.
  10. the pull necessary to draw a bow to its full extent.
  11. an amount regularly drawn, as from a drawing account.
  12. a fund, as an expense account or credit line, from which money may be withdrawn when needed.
  13. Horology. the tendency of a tooth of an escape wheel to force toward the center of the wheel a pallet engaging with it.

Verb phrases 

  1. draw ahead,
    1. to gradually pass something moving in the same direction.
    2. Nautical. (of the wind) to blow from a direction closer to that in which a vessel is moving; haul forward. Compare veer1 (def 2b).
  2. draw away,
    1. to move or begin to move away: He drew his hand away from the hot stove.
    2. to move farther ahead: The lead runner gradually drew away from his competitor.
  3. draw down, to deplete or be depleted through use or consumption: to draw down crude-oil supplies.
  4. draw in,
    1. to cause to take part or enter, especially unwittingly: I heard them debating the point, but I avoided being drawn in.
    2. to make a rough sketch of: to draw in a person’s figure against the landscape background.
  5. draw off, to move back or away.
  6. draw on,
    1. to come nearer; approach: He sensed winter drawing on.
    2. to clothe oneself in: She drew on her cape and gloves.
    3. Nautical. (of a vessel) to gain on (another vessel).
    4. to utilize or make use of, especially as a source: The biography has drawn heavily on personal interviews.
  7. draw out,
    1. to pull out; remove.
    2. to prolong; lengthen.
    3. to persuade to speak: You’ll find she’s quite interesting if you take the trouble to draw her out.
    4. Nautical. (of a vessel) to move away from (sometimes followed by from ): The boat drew out from the wharf.
    5. to take (money) from a place of deposit: She drew her money out of the bank and invested it in bonds.
  8. draw up,
    1. to devise or formulate; draft, especially in legal form or as a formal proposal: to draw up a will.
    2. to put into position; arrange in order or formation: The officer drew up his men.
    3. to bring or come to a stop; halt: Their car drew up at the curb.


  1. beat to the draw, to react quicker than an opponent.
  2. draw oneself up, to assume an erect posture.
  3. luck of the draw. luck (def 10).

Origin: before 900; Middle English drawen, Old English dragan; cognate with Old Norse draga to draw, German tragen to carry; cf. drag

Related forms
draw·a·ble, adjective 
mis·draw, verb, mis·drew, mis·drawn, mis·draw·ing.
pre·draw, verb, pre·drew, pre·drawn, pre·draw·ing; noun 
re·draw, verb, re·drew, re·drawn, re·draw·ing, noun 
un·draw·a·ble, adjective 

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