draw1 W1S1 [dro: US dro:] v past tense drew [dru:] past participle drawn [dro:n US dro:n]
2 draw (somebody's) attention
3 draw a conclusion
4 draw a comparison/parallel/distinction etc
5¦(get a reaction)¦
7¦(get something you need)¦
8¦(give information)¦
10 draw near/closer
11 draw level
12¦(pull somebody/something)¦
13¦(pull a vehicle)¦
14¦(take something out)¦
15 draw a line (between something)
16 draw the line (at something)
17 where do you draw the line?
18 draw a line under something
19 draw somebody's eye (to something)
20¦(from a bank)¦
21¦(receive money)¦
22 draw a cheque (on something)
24 draw breath
25¦(take liquid from something)¦
28 draw lots/straws
29 draw the short straw
31 be drawn against somebody
32 draw a blank
33 draw to a halt/stop
34 draw to a close/end
35 draw a veil over something
36 draw blood
37 draw a bow
Phrasal verbs
 draw back
 draw in
 draw somebody into something
 draw something<=>off
 draw on
 draw out
 draw up
[: Old English; Origin: dragan]
1.) ¦(PICTURE)¦ [I and T]
to produce a picture of something using a pencil, pen etc
Katie had drawn a cottage with a little stream running next to it.
She asked the little girl to draw a picture of the man she'd spoken to.
Keith was drawing a complicated-looking graph.
I've never been able to draw very well.
draw sb sth
Can you draw me a map of how to get there?
2.) draw (sb's) attention
to make someone notice something
draw (somebody's) attention to
I have been asked to draw your attention to the following points.
A dark house can draw attention to the fact that the house is empty.
draw attention to yourself
He didn't want to draw attention to himself.
The case drew international attention.
3.) draw a conclusion
to decide that a particular fact or principle is true according to the information you have been given
draw a conclusion from
It would be unwise to draw firm conclusions from the results of a single survey.
4.) draw a comparison/parallel/distinction etc
to compare two people or things and show how they are similar or different
draw a comparison/parallel/distinction etc between
The author draws a comparison between East and West Germany and the North-South divide in England.
The report draws a distinction between various forms of health care.
5.) ¦(GET A REACTION)¦ [T]
to get a particular kind of reaction from someone
draw sth from sb
His remarks drew an angry response from Democrats.
draw praise/criticism
The movie drew praise from critics.
6.) ¦(ATTRACT)¦ [T]
to attract someone or make them want to do something
draw sb to sth
What first drew you to teaching?
Beth felt strangely drawn to this gentle stranger.
The festival is likely to draw huge crowds .
to get something that you need or want from someone or something
draw sth from sth
I drew a lot of comfort from her kind words.
Plants draw nourishment from the soil.
be drawn [usually in negatives]
to give information in reply to questions about something
She refused to be drawn on the subject of her divorce.
9.) ¦(MOVE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move in a particular direction
She drew away, but he pulled her close again.
The boat drew alongside us and a man appeared on the deck.
I arrived just as the train was drawing into the station.
10.) draw near/closer
to become closer in time or space
Maria grew anxious as the men drew closer.
Christmas is drawing near.
11.) draw level
to move into a position where you are equal to someone else in a race, game, or competition
Black drew level with the other runners.
12.) ¦(PULL SOMEBODY/SOMETHING)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to move someone or something in a particular direction by pulling them gently
draw sb/sth aside/up/across etc
Bobby drew a chair up to the table.
Hussain drew me aside to whisper in my ear.
draw the curtains/a blind etc
(=close them by pulling them gently)
13.) ¦(PULL A VEHICLE)¦ [T]
if an animal draws a vehicle, it pulls it along
a carriage drawn by six horses
an ox-drawn cart
to take something out of a container, pocket etc
draw sth out/from sth
Ali reached into his pocket and drew out a piece of paper.
draw a gun/sword/weapon etc
Maria drew her gun nervously and peered out into the gloom.
15.) draw a line (between sth)
to think or show that one thing is different from another
Adolescents often use drugs simply to try to draw a line between their own and their parents' way of life.
16.) draw the line (at sth)
to allow or accept something up to a particular point, but not beyond it
I don't mind doing some gardening but I draw the line at digging.
17.) where do you draw the line?
spoken used to say it is impossible to decide at which point an acceptable limit has been reached
Some say 50 is too old to have a baby, but where do you draw the line?
18.) draw a line under sth
to say that something is completely finished and you will not think about it again
I just want to draw a line under the relationship and move on.
19.) draw sb's eye (to sth)
if something draws your eye, it makes you notice it
My eye was drawn to a painting on the wall.
20.)¦(FROM A BANK)¦ also draw out [T]
to take money from your bank account
Hughes had drawn $8000 in cash from a bank in Toronto.
21.) ¦(RECEIVE MONEY)¦ [T]
to receive an amount of money regularly from a government or financial institution
How long have you been drawing unemployment benefit?
I'll be drawing my pension before he'll ever get around to asking me to marry him!
22.) draw a cheque (on sth)
BrE draw a check (on something)
AmE to write a cheque for taking money out of a particular bank account
23.) ¦(BREATHE)¦ [I and T]
to take air or smoke into your lungs
She drew a deep breath.
Ruth paused to draw breath , her voice barely hiding her excitement.
He lit his pipe and drew deeply.
24.) draw breath
to find time to have a rest when you are busy
I've hardly had a moment to draw breath.
a) to take a liquid from something such as a ↑barrel or ↑tap
b) to take water from a ↑well
26.) ¦(FIRE)¦
if a fire or ↑chimney draws, it lets the air flow through to make the fire burn well
27.) ¦(CHOOSE)¦ [I and T]
to choose by chance a card, ticket etc that will win a prize
The winning ticket will be drawn at the Christmas Party.
28.) draw lots/straws
to decide who will do something by taking pieces of paper out of a container or choosing ↑straws of hidden lengths
We drew lots to see who would go first.
29.) draw the short straw
used to say that someone has been unlucky because they were chosen to do something that no one else wanted to do
He drew the short straw and had to drive everyone to the party.
30.)¦(GAME)¦ [I and T]
[i]especially BrE to finish without either side winning in a game such as football
= ↑tie
They drew 3-3.
draw with
Liverpool drew with Juventus.
31.) be drawn against sb
BrE to be chosen by chance to play or compete against someone
England have been drawn against France in next month's game.
32.) draw a blank informal
to be unsuccessful in finding information or the answer to a problem
All his investigations have drawn a blank so far.
33.) draw to a halt/stop
if a vehicle draws to a halt or stop, it slows down and stops
34.) draw to a close/end
to end
Festival-goers began to drift off as the evening drew to an end.
35.) draw a veil over sth
to deliberately keep something unpleasant or embarrassing from being known
I'd rather draw a veil over what happened last night.
36.) draw blood
a) to make someone bleed
The dog bit her so hard that it drew blood.
b) to make someone angry or embarrass them in an argument, especially a public one
Barker sought to draw blood by mentioning his rival's weakness of character.
37.) draw a bow
to bend a ↑bow by pulling back the string in order to shoot an ↑arrow
38.) ¦(SHIP)¦ [T]
technical if a ship draws a particular depth, it needs that depth of water to float in
be at daggers drawn atdagger
draw back phr v
1.) to move backwards, especially because you are frightened or surprised
Suddenly, she drew back, startled.
draw back in horror/shock/fear etc
She peeped into the box and drew back in horror.
2.) to decide not to do something, especially because you think it would be bad for you
= ↑withdraw draw back from
In the end the government drew back from their extreme standpoint.
draw in phr v
1.) BrE if the days or nights draw in, it starts to get dark earlier in the evening because winter is coming
In October the nights start drawing in.
2.) draw sb<=>in
to get someone involved in something
We should use the demonstration as an opportunity to draw more supporters in.
Despite himself, he found himself being drawn in by the man's warmth and ease.
3.) draw in your horns
BrE to spend less money because you have financial problems
draw into [draw sb into sth] phr v
to make someone become involved in something, especially when they do not want to be involved
He tried to draw her into conversation.
She found herself drawn into a disagreement between two of her neighbours.
draw off [draw sth<=>off] phr v
to remove some liquid from a larger supply
The cold water is heated as it is drawn off.
draw on phr v
1.) draw on/upon sth
to use information, experience, knowledge etc for a particular purpose
His work draws heavily on learning theories of the 1980s.
She has 20 years' teaching experience to draw on.
2.) draw on sth
to use part of a supply of something such as money
I had to draw on my savings to pay for the repairs.
3.) draw on a cigarette/cigar etc
to breathe in smoke from a cigarette etc
4.) BrE formal if a period of time or an event draws on, it comes closer to its end
Winter is drawing on.
As the journey drew on, he started to feel tired.
draw out phr v
1.) draw sth<=>out
to take money from your bank account
2.) draw sb<=>out
to make someone feel less shy and more willing to talk
She just needed someone to draw her out and take an interest in her.
3.) draw sth<=>out
formal to mention a particular piece of information and explain it clearly and in detail
There are two major themes to be drawn out in this discussion.
4.) draw sth<=>out
to make an event last longer than usual
The final question drew the meeting out for another hour.
5.) BrE if the days or nights draw out, it stays light until later in the evening because summer is coming
draw up phr v
1.) draw sth<=>up
to prepare a written document, such as a list or contract
Draw up a list of all the things you want to do.
draw up plans/proposals
He was asked to draw up proposals for reforming the law.
The contract was drawn up last year.
2.) if a vehicle draws up, it arrives somewhere and stops
A taxi drew up at the gate.
3.) draw up a chair
to move a chair closer to someone or something
4.) draw yourself up (to your full height)
to stand up very straight because you are angry or determined about something
He drew himself up and said, 'This has gone far enough'.
5.) draw your knees up
to bring your legs closer to your body
Ruth sat, knees drawn up under her chin, and waited.
draw 2
draw2 n
1.) the final result of a game or competition in which both teams or players have the same number of points
= ↑tie
The match ended in a draw .
2.) an occasion when someone or something is chosen by chance, especially the winning ticket in a ↑lottery, or the teams who will play against each other in a competition
England has been selected to play Germany in the draw for the first round of the World Cup.
3.) BrE a competition in which people whose names or tickets are chosen by chance win money or prizes
Congratulations! You have been entered into our £100,000 prize draw !
4.) a performer, place, event etc that a lot of people come to see
It is hoped that the new art gallery will be a big draw for visitors.
5.) when you breathe in smoke from a cigarette
= ↑drag
Maltravers took a long draw on his cigarette.
the luck of the draw atluck1 (18), quick on the draw atquick1 (9)

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