Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

draw up

 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydraw up
he/she/itdraws up
present participledrawing up
past tensedrew up
past participledrawn up
  1. 1
    [transitive] to prepare and write something such as a document or plan

    Guidelines have been drawn up for dealing with emergencies.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of draw up
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of draw up
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a vehicle draws up, it arrives at a place and stops

    A taxi drew up outside the hotel.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of draw up
  3. 3
    draw up the boundaries to decide where the edges of an area will be

    New electoral boundaries have been drawn up.

See also main entry: draw


web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog