Idioms for draw

Origin of draw

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


synonym study for draw

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for draw on (1 of 2)

draw on


(intr, preposition) to use or exploit (a source, fund, etc)to draw on one's experience
(intr, adverb) to come nearthe time for his interview drew on
(tr, preposition) to withdraw (money) from (an account)
(tr, adverb) to put on (clothes)
(tr, adverb) to lead further; entice or encouragethe prospect of nearing his goal drew him on

British Dictionary definitions for draw on (2 of 2)

/ (drɔː) /

verb draws, drawing, drew or drawn


Derived forms of draw

drawable, 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
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Idioms and Phrases with draw on (1 of 2)

draw on


Approach, as in As evening draws on, we'll make our way back to the house. [First half of 1500s]


Put on a piece of clothing, as in She drew on her gloves. [Early 1700s]


Also, draw upon. Make use of something or someone. For example, This dictionary draws on many different sources, or The chairman was good at drawing upon the various members for their expertise. [Mid-1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with draw on (2 of 2)


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