Nearby words

  1. drave,
  2. dravida,
  3. dravidian,
  4. dravidians,
  5. dravite,
  6. draw a bead on,
  7. draw a blank,
  8. draw a line between,
  9. draw a veil over,
  10. draw an inference

Idioms

Origin of draw

before 900; Middle English drawen, Old English dragan; cognate with Old Norse draga to draw, German tragen to carry; cf. drag

SYNONYMS FOR draw
1. tug, tow.

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Draw, drag, haul, pull imply causing movement of an object toward one by exerting force upon it. To draw is to move by a force, in the direction from which the force is exerted: A magnet draws iron to it. To drag is to draw with the force necessary to overcome friction between the object drawn and the surface on which it rests: to drag a sled to the top of a hill. To haul is to transport a heavy object slowly by mechanical force or with sustained effort: to haul a large boat across a portage. To pull is to draw or tug, exerting varying amounts of force according to the effort needed: to pull out an eyelash; to pull fighting dogs apart.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for draw down

draw

/ (drɔː) /

verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn

noun


Derived Formsdrawable, adjective

Word Origin for draw

Old English dragan; related to Old Norse draga; Old Frisian draga, Old Saxon dragan, Old High German tragan to carry

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for draw down
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with draw down

draw down

Deplete by consuming or spending, as in The government worries about drawing down our oil reserves.

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

also see:

  • back to the drawing board
  • beat to it (the draw)
  • daggers drawn
  • luck of the draw
  • quick on the draw
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.