draw

I UK [drɔː] / US [drɔ] verb
Word forms "draw":
present tense I/you/we/they draw he/she/it draws present participle drawing past tense drew UK [druː] / US [dru] past participle drawn UK [drɔːn] / US [drɔn]
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1)
a) [intransitive/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 drew on the pavement with chalk.

b) to be able to make pictures in this way

I can't draw at all.

Can you draw faces?

2) [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
3) [transitive, often passive] to choose a person or thing from a group

Our advisers have been drawn from a wide range of experts.

a) to choose one player to compete against another

Sampras has been drawn to play Martin in the first round.

b) to choose a card or ticket in a game, without seeing what is on it

I drew two cards from the pack.

4) [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.

5) [transitive, often passive] to get ideas, information, or knowledge from somewhere
draw something from something:

She drew inspiration for her stories from her childhood.

The evidence presented to you has been drawn from many sources.

6) [transitive] to consider the ways in which two things are different or similar
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 exhibition has been drawing a lot of criticism.

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.

9)
a) [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.

b) to receive an amount of money regularly

She wasn't old enough to draw a state pension.

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:

Journalists tried to draw him on the subject of his wife.

11) [intransitive/transitive] British if two teams or opponents draw, they both have the same score so neither wins. The American word is tie
draw with:

They drew 1–1 with Manchester United last week.

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 near/nigh — mainly literary if the time when something will happen draws near or nigh, it is nearly that time

draw to a close/an end — to end

As the evening drew to a close, Hillary thanked everyone for coming.

Phrasal verbs:
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II UK [drɔː] / US [drɔ] noun [countable]
Word forms "draw":
singular draw plural draws
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1) a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points
draw with/against:

A last-minute goal earned Switzerland a 1–1 draw with Italy.

2) 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
3) an event or performer that a lot of people will come to see
4) the process of sucking in smoke from a cigarette
See:

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • draw — (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear, carry, D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Draw — Draw, v. i. 1. To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well. [1913 Webster] Note: A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Draw — Draw, draws or drawn may refer to: The act of drawing, or making an image with a writing utensil A part of many card games A part of a lottery Wire drawing Draw (terrain), terrain feature similar to a valley (but smaller) formed by two parallel… …   Wikipedia

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  • draw — draw; draw·ee; draw·er; draw·man; re·draw; re·draw·er; un·draw; with·draw; with·draw·able; with·draw·al; with·draw·er; with·draw·ment; with·draw·ing·ness; …   English syllables

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  • draw on — (of a period of time) approach its end. → draw draw on suck smoke from (a cigarette or pipe). → draw draw on use as a resource: → draw …   English new terms dictionary

  • draw — [n] tie in competition dead end*, dead heat*, deadlock, even steven*, photo finish*, stalemate, standoff, tie; concept 706 draw [v1] move something by pulling attract, bring, carry, convey, cull, draft, drag, drain, educe, elicit, evoke, extract …   New thesaurus

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