verb (used with object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), drew, drawn, draw·ing.
- 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.
Origin of draw
Synonyms for draw
verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn
Word Origin for draw
c.1200, spelling alteration of Old English dragan "to drag, to draw, protract" (class VI strong verb; past tense drog, past participle dragen), from Proto-Germanic *draganan "carry" (cf. Old Norse draga "to draw," Old Saxon dragan, Old Frisian draga, Middle Dutch draghen, Old High German tragen, German tragen "to carry, bear"), from PIE root *dhragh- (see drag (v.)).
Sense of "make a line or figure" (by "drawing" a pencil across paper) is c.1200. Meaning "pull out a weapon" is c.1200. To draw a criminal (drag him from a horse to place of execution) is from early 14c. To draw a blank "come up with nothing" (1825) is an image from lotteries. As a noun, from 1660s; colloquial sense of "anything that can draw a crowd" is from 1881 (the verb in this sense is 1580s).
game or contest that ends without a winner, attested first in drawn match (1610s), of uncertain origin; some speculate it is from withdraw. Draw-game is from 1825. As a verb, "to leave undecided," from 1837.
Pull off or back, as in He drew his chair away from the fire.
Move ahead of competitors, as in On the last lap Jim drew away from the other runners.
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