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verb draw pronunciation in American English /drɔ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydraw
he/she/itdraws
present participledrawing
past tensedrew
past participledrawn
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to create a picture by making lines with a pen or pencil
    Someone had drawn a map of the island.
    draw with: The kids drew on the sidewalk with some chalk.
    1. a.
      to be able to make pictures in this way
      I can’t draw at all.
      Can you draw faces?
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move somewhere slowly or smoothly
    draw near/close: As we drew nearer, I noticed that the front door was open.
    draw apart: Ruth held him for a long time before they drew apart.
    draw to a halt/standstill/stop: A taxi was drawing to a halt outside the hotel.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to pull something across a space in order to close or open it
    draw the curtains: The curtains were still drawn at noon.
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    1. a.
      to pull a vehicle
      The carriage was drawn by a small pony.
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    2. b.
      to pull something gently from somewhere
      He drew a handkerchief from his pocket.
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    3. c.
      to move something somewhere with a pulling movement
      Ellie drew a hand across her forehead.
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    4. e.
      to pull out a tooth
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  4. 4
    [transitive] [often passive] to get ideas, information, or knowledge from somewhere
    draw something from something: She drew inspiration for her stories from her childhood.
    The evidence presented to you has been drawn from many sources.
  5. 5
    [transitive] [often passive] to choose a card or ticket in a game, without seeing what is on it
    I drew two cards from the pack.
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    1. a.
      to choose a person or thing from a group
      Our advisers have been drawn from a wide range of experts.
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    2. b.
      to choose one player to compete against another
      India were drawn to play against USA in a Davis Cup tie.
  6. 6
    [transitive] to consider the ways in which two things are different or similar
    A comparison was drawn with Canada, where more women were succeeding in business.
    draw a line/distinction/boundary: The law draws a distinction between children and adults.
    draw a parallel/analogy/comparison: The writer drew parallels between the two societies.
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  7. 7
    [transitive] to get a particular reaction from people
    draw praise/criticism: The new exhibit has been drawing a lot of criticism.
    draw a reaction/response: Her remarks drew a furious reaction from Terry.
    draw a refusal/denial: The claims drew an immediate denial from the President’s office.
  8. 8
    [transitive] [often passive] to make someone notice something
    draw someone’s attention/eye/gaze: Our attention was drawn by the sound of gunfire.
    draw to: My eyes were drawn to a painting hanging over the fireplace.
  9. 9
    [transitive] to take money from a bank account
    Customers can draw up to $250 a day from most accounts.
    draw out: I’ll need to draw out more cash tomorrow.
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    1. a.
      to receive an amount of money regularly
      She wasn’t old enough to draw benefit.
  10. 10
    [transitive] [usually passive] to persuade someone to tell you something
    I asked her if a decision had been made, but she would not be drawn (=would not tell me).
    draw someone on something: Reporters tried to draw him on the subject of his wife.

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