—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.
—verb (used without object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.
- to exert a pulling, moving, or attracting force: A sail draws by being properly trimmed and filled with wind.
- to move or pass, especially slowly or continuously, as under a pulling force (often followed by on, off, out, etc.): The day draws near.
- to take out a sword, pistol, etc., for action.
- to hold a drawing, lottery, or the like: to draw for prizes.
- to sketch or to trace figures; create a picture or depict by sketching.
- to be skilled in or practice the art of sketching: I can’t paint, but I can draw.
- to shrink or contract (often followed by up ).
- to make a demand (usually followed by on or upon ): to draw on one’s imagination.
- to act as an irritant; cause blisters.
- to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point.
- to produce or permit a draft, as a pipe or flue.
- to leave a contest undecided; tie.
- to search a covert for game.
- to follow a game animal by its scent.
- to attract customers, an audience, etc.: Our newspaper advertisement drew very well.
- to pull back the string of a bow in preparation for shooting an arrow.
- an act of drawing.
- something that attracts customers, an audience, etc.
- something that is moved by being drawn, as the movable part of a drawbridge.
- something that is chosen or drawn at random, as a lot or chance.
- drawing (defs 5, 6).
- a contest that ends in a tie; an undecided contest.
- Also called draw play. Football. 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.
- a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack.
- draw poker.
- Physical Geography.
- a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully.
- the dry bed of a stream.
- Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine.
- the pull necessary to draw a bow to its full extent.
- an amount regularly drawn, as from a drawing account.
- a fund, as an expense account or credit line, from which money may be withdrawn when needed.
- Horology. the tendency of a tooth of an escape wheel to force toward the center of the wheel a pallet engaging with it.
- draw ahead,
- to gradually pass something moving in the same direction.
- Nautical. (of the wind) to blow from a direction closer to that in which a vessel is moving; haul forward. Compare veer1 (def 2b).
- draw away,
- to move or begin to move away: He drew his hand away from the hot stove.
- to move farther ahead: The lead runner gradually drew away from his competitor.
- draw down, to deplete or be depleted through use or consumption: to draw down crude-oil supplies.
- draw in,
- to cause to take part or enter, especially unwittingly: I heard them debating the point, but I avoided being drawn in.
- to make a rough sketch of: to draw in a person’s figure against the landscape background.
- draw off, to move back or away.
- draw on,
- to come nearer; approach: He sensed winter drawing on.
- to clothe oneself in: She drew on her cape and gloves.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) to gain on (another vessel).
- to utilize or make use of, especially as a source: The biography has drawn heavily on personal interviews.
- draw out,
- to pull out; remove.
- to prolong; lengthen.
- to persuade to speak: You’ll find she’s quite interesting if you take the trouble to draw her out.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) to move away from (sometimes followed by from ): The boat drew out from the wharf.
- to take (money) from a place of deposit: She drew her money out of the bank and invested it in bonds.
- draw up,
- to devise or formulate; draft, especially in legal form or as a formal proposal: to draw up a will.
- to put into position; arrange in order or formation: The officer drew up his men.
- to bring or come to a stop; halt: Their car drew up at the curb.
- beat to the draw, to react quicker than an opponent.
- draw oneself up, to assume an erect posture.
- 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
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