draw1 [ drɔ ] (past tense drew [ dru ] ; past participle drawn [ drɔn ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 create picture
▸ 2 move slowly/smoothly
▸ 3 pull something
▸ 4 get information from
▸ 5 choose someone/something
▸ 6 compare two things
▸ 7 get particular reaction
▸ 8 make someone notice something
▸ 9 take money
▸ 10 persuade someone to say something
1. ) intransitive or transitive to create a picture by making lines with a pen or pencil:
Someone had drawn a map of the island.
draw with: The kids had drawn on the sidewalk with some chalk.
a ) to be able to make pictures in this way:
I can't draw at all.
Can you draw faces?
2. ) intransitive to move somewhere slowly or smoothly:
draw near/close: As we drew nearer, I noticed that the front door was open.
draw apart: Ruth held him for a long time before they drew apart.
draw to a halt/standstill/stop: A taxi was drawing to a halt outside the hotel.
3. ) transitive to pull something across a space in order to close or open it:
draw the curtains: The curtains were still drawn at noon.
a ) to pull a vehicle:
The carriage was drawn by a small pony.
b ) to pull something gently from somewhere:
He drew a handkerchief from his pocket.
c ) to move something somewhere with a pulling movement:
Ellie drew a hand across her forehead.
d ) to pull out a gun, sword, or other weapon so that it is ready to use
e ) to pull out a tooth
4. ) transitive often passive draw something from something to get ideas, information, or knowledge from somewhere:
She drew inspiration for her stories from her childhood.
The evidence presented to you has been drawn from many sources.
5. ) transitive often passive to choose a card or ticket in a game, without seeing what is on it:
I drew the ace of diamonds.
a ) to choose a person or thing from a group:
Our advisers have been drawn from a wide range of experts.
b ) to choose one player to compete against another:
Sampras has been drawn to play Martin in the first round.
6. ) transitive to consider the ways in which two things are different or similar:
A comparison was drawn with Canada, where more women were succeeding in business.
draw a line/distinction/boundary: The law draws a distinction between children and adults.
draw a parallel/analogy/comparison: The writer drew parallels between the two societies.
7. ) transitive to get a particular reaction from people:
draw praise/criticism: The new exhibit has been drawing a lot of criticism.
draw a reaction/response: Her remarks drew a furious reaction from Terry.
draw a refusal/denial: The claims drew an immediate denial from the President's office.
8. ) transitive often passive to make someone notice something:
draw someone's attention/eye/gaze: Our attention was drawn by the sound of gunfire.
draw to: My eyes were drawn to a painting hanging over the fireplace.
a ) draw attention to yourself to make people notice you:
We have to try and get in without drawing attention to ourselves.
9. ) transitive to take money from a bank account:
Customers can draw up to $250 a day from most accounts.
draw out: I'll need to draw out more cash tomorrow.
a ) to receive an amount of money regularly:
She wasn't old enough to draw benefit.
10. ) transitive usually passive to persuade someone to tell you something:
I asked her if a decision had been made, but she would not be drawn (=would not tell me).
draw someone on something: Reporters tried to draw him on the subject of his wife.
draw a blank
to fail to find something you are looking for
draw blood
1. ) to make someone BLEED:
The cat bit me but it didn't draw blood.
2. ) to do something that makes someone suffer or makes them upset:
King first drew blood when she won the opening set 6 1.
draw breath
to temporarily stop doing something so that you can rest
draw comfort
if you draw COMFORT from something good in a bad situation, it makes you feel less sad or worried
draw a conclusion/an inference
to decide what to believe about something after you have considered the facts:
Readers are invited to draw their own conclusions from the report.
draw a crowd
if an event draws a crowd, a large number of people come to watch it
draw level
to become equal to someone in a competition when they had previously been winning
draw the line INFORMAL
to say that you will definitely not allow or accept something:
draw the line at: We draw the line at acts of violent protest.
draw lots
to make a decision by choosing one of several pieces of paper with different choices written on them
draw near/nigh MAINLY LITERARY
if the time when something will happen draws near or nigh, it is nearly that time
draw a raffle
to take a ticket out of a container to see who has won a prize
draw to a close/an end
to end:
As the evening drew to a close, Hillary thanked everyone for coming.
draw water
to take water from a WELL (=a deep hole in the ground)
=> VEIL1 3A
,draw a`way phrasal verb intransitive
to move away from a person or place:
People started waving as the train drew away.
draw away from: Ann suddenly drew away from me.
,draw `back phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to move away from someone:
She drew back in horror.
2. ) transitive to pull something such as a curtain into an open position:
They heard the sound of a bolt being drawn back.
,draw `in phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive when the nights or days draw in, it becomes dark earlier in the evening because it will soon be winter
─ opposite DRAW OUT
2. ) draw in or draw into intransitive or transitive to arrive in a place:
The train drew into the station.
3. ) draw in or draw into transitive often passive to involve someone in a conversation or situation, often when they do not want to be involved:
We do not want to get drawn into a long and bloody conflict.
4. ) draw in or draw into transitive to take something such as air into your body:
She drew the smoke deep into her lungs.
,draw `off phrasal verb transitive
to take some of the liquid out of something
`draw on phrasal verb transitive
1. ) draw on or draw upon to use something that you have gradually gained or saved:
As an actor, you often draw on your own life experiences.
Your body draws on its reserves of fat during the times when you are fasting.
2. ) to breathe in smoke from a cigarette
3. ) often passive draw something on something to take money from a bank account by writing a check:
He paid with a check drawn on his company's account.
4. ) LITERARY to put on a particular piece of clothing
,draw `out phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to make something continue longer than usual:
This action could draw the dispute out for another six months.
People with southern accents tend to draw out their vowels.
2. ) intransitive to move out of a place:
Slowly the train drew out of the station.
3. ) transitive to encourage someone to talk more by making them feel more relaxed and confident:
It wasn't easy to draw him out.
4. ) intransitive when the days draw out, it remains light for longer because it will soon be spring
─ opposite DRAW IN
,draw `up phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to prepare and write something such as a document or plan:
Guidelines have been drawn up for dealing with emergencies.
2. ) intransitive to arrive at a place and stop:
A taxi drew up outside the hotel.
draw up the boundaries
to decide where the edges of an area will be:
New electoral boundaries have been drawn up.
draw up a chair
to move your chair so that you are sitting closer to someone or something
draw yourself up
to stand up very straight so that you look as tall as possible, because you want to impress or frighten someone
`draw u,pon phrasal verb transitive
same as DRAW ON 1:
She would have to draw upon all her courage and determination.
draw 2 [ drɔ ] noun count *
1. ) a way of choosing something such as a name or number by chance
a ) a game in which a ticket with a name or number on is taken out of a container in order to choose who will win a prize:
a prize draw
b ) a way of choosing which teams or players will compete against each other by taking names out of a container
2. ) an event or performer that a lot of people will come to see
3. ) the process of sucking in smoke from a cigarette
4. ) MAINLY BRITISH a game that ends in a TIE
=> LUCK1

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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