- 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.
- to act as an irritant; cause blisters.
- to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point.
- to search a covert for game.
- to follow a game animal by its scent.
- a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack.
- draw poker.
- a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully.
- the dry bed of a stream.
- Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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What is a basic definition of draw?
The verb draw means to sketch something using lines. Draw also means to pull something out of its resting place or to attract something. Draw is also a tied competition. Draw has many other senses as a verb and a noun.
In the artistic sense, drawing something usually means to create an image of it using paper and pencil, crayons, pen, or similar. If you were asked to draw a cat, for example, you would try your best to create a picture of something that resembles a cat. The work of art that a person creates from doing this is called a drawing.
- Real-life examples: Artists draw many images as part of their art or job. Children like to draw pictures in art class. Police will sometimes draw a witness’s description of a suspect’s face to create wanted posters.
- Used in a sentence: The girl drew butterflies on the sidewalk using chalk.
Draw is also used as a verb to mean to pull or extract something from where it is contained.
- Real-life examples: Police officers hope they don’t have to draw their guns from their holsters. Wells are used to draw water and oil from the ground. A nurse draws blood from a patient using a syringe.
- Used in a sentence: The knight drew his sword and prepared to fight the dragon.
Draw is also used to mean to attract something or bring something closer.
- Real-life examples: Exciting shows draw large audiences. Bizarre spectacles often draw a crowd. Smelly, rotten food often draws flies and other pests.
- Used in a sentence: The popular singer drew many fans to the concert.
Draw is also a competition that has no winner or ends in a tie.
- Real-life examples: Basketball games, chess matches, and rock-paper-scissors can all end in draws, in which neither team or player is declared the winner.
- Used in a sentence: The two teams were evenly matched, so the soccer game ended in a draw.
Where does draw come from?
The first records of draw come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English word dragan, which is related to the Old Norse draga, meaning “to draw,” and the German tragen, meaning “to carry.”
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What are some other forms related to draw?
- drawable (adjective)
- misdraw (verb)
- predraw (verb)
- redraw (verb)
- undrawable (adjective)
What are some synonyms for draw?
What are some words that share a root or word element with draw?
What are some words that often get used in discussing draw?
How is draw used in real life?
Draw is an extremely common word with a large number of different meanings. The most common use of draw refers to recreating something as a picture or artistic image.
#wfsbnews Norwich Police -man with a gun near Laurel Hill did not respond to officers- when he drew his weapon, officers fired.
— Kevin P. Hogan (@newspeddler) February 25, 2013
Major respect to Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. for going out there and having a boxing match in their 50’s. Fight ended in a draw. Hard to call because there was more clinching than punching, but still, it takes so much to go out there and box at that age. 🥊
— Gil Cuerva (@gilcuerva) November 29, 2020
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Is draw used correctly in the following sentence?
The famous artist drew many beautiful portraits of celebrities and politicians.
How to use draw in a sentence
Across the country, in Camarillo, California, home of the Abundant Table, the leaves aren’t much of a draw, but the farm still offers a classic fall experience.
A card draw then brings on other events, from clear-cutting of forests to a shark attack to an animal rescue.The board game Endangered shows just how hard conservation can be|Sarah Zielinski|August 21, 2020|Science News
Learning to draw means taking a scene that we see as three-dimensional and representing it on a two-dimensional piece of paper.This Vision Experiment Resolved a Centuries-Old Philosophical Debate - Facts So Romantic|Jim Davies|August 14, 2020|Nautilus
North Carolina’s Research Triangle region boasts the sort of academic power and national draw often associated with the Northeast Corridor’s Ivy League.
Chelsea can still finish Top 4 if they lose and Sunday’s Manchester United-Leicester game doesn’t end in a draw.What To Watch For On The English Premier League’s Final Match Day|Chadwick Matlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)|July 24, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In Dresden, Germany, anti-Islam rallies each week draw thousands of demonstrators.
Anyone who tries to draw attention to threats instead of quietly burying them is worsening the problem.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sting took over the lead role to try to draw an audience, but his thumpingly inspirational score was already the hero of the show.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In another year, stories about the strange new face of an A-list actress might draw chortles and cackles.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither officer had “the opportunity to draw their weapons,” according to police reports.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was one of those long moments that makes a fellow draw his breath sharp when he thinks about it afterward.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Instead of writing slander and flat blasphemy, they propose to draw it, and not draw it mild.
It seems hardly possible to draw a more graphic picture of the blessings diffused by the balmy plant, than that just given.
I only draw your attention to the facts; which have been sufficiently patent to the world, whatever Lord Hartledon may think.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
They heard how in the early spring in the meadow by the mill-dam Tim and I had stopped our ploughs to draw lots and he had lost.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for draw
Derived forms of drawdrawable, adjective
Word Origin for draw
Other Idioms and Phrases with draw
In addition to the idioms beginning with draw
- draw a bead on
- draw a blank
- draw a line between
- draw and quarter
- draw an inference
- draw a veil over
- draw away
- draw back
- draw blood
- draw down
- draw fire
- draw in
- drawing board
- drawing card
- draw in one's horns
- draw in the reins
- draw on
- draw out
- draw straws
- draw the curtain
- draw the line at
- draw up
- back to the drawing board
- beat to it (the draw)
- daggers drawn
- luck of the draw
- quick on the draw