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.
- draw a bead on,
- draw a blank,
- draw a line between,
- draw a veil over,
- draw an inference
Origin of draw
Examples from the Web for redraw
A state judge ordered Florida to redraw its congressional districts Thursday after he found them to be gerrymandered.Florida Has To Redraw Its Congressional Districts Because, Florida|Ben Jacobs|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or China, which is busily trying to redraw the Pacific map around every rock outcropping?
I used anatomical [parts], the correct ones, rather than redraw them exactly; it stultifies the process I go through.The Gonzo Artist: Behind Ralph Steadman’s Most Famous Work|Alex Suskind|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So he has set about to redraw the boundaries of post World War II Europe, something that we all thought were settled.
In some cases, the protests have helped force Israel to redraw the route of the barrier.Palestine’s Gandhi: Civil Disobedience the Best Hope for Peace|Dan Ephron|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I do believe Seton drew his pictures with those simple, expressive outlines so that young folks could redraw them.The Adventures of a Grain of Dust|Hallam Hawksworth
If they take your stuff they send you back to alter it or redraw it.The Dark Star|Robert W. Chambers
Will you redraw the line then, Dr. Shaw, and initial it, indicating the more accurate angle?Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
They watched him carelessly draw and redraw his handkerchief through his fingers; he was unmoved, and entirely at ease.
And it is not the business of anyone in Great Britain to redraw them.What is Coming?|H. G. Wells
verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn (tr)
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.
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