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
- to prepare a draft of (a legal document)
- to formulate and write out in appropriate formto draw up a contract
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.
Compose or write out in a set form, as in The lawyer drew up the contract. [First half of 1600s]
Arrange in order or formation, put in position, as in The band-leader drew up his players, or The officer drew up the troops. [c. 1600]
Bring or come to a halt, as in The car drew up to the curb. [Early 1800s]
draw oneself up. Assume an erect posture to express dignity or indignation. For example, She drew herself up and protested. [Mid-1800s]
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