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verb     draw pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
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 pavement with chalk.

    1. a.
      to be able to make pictures in this way

      I can’t draw at all.

      Can you draw faces?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to pull something across a space in order to close or open it
    draw the curtains:

    The curtains were still drawn at noon.

    1. b.
      to pull something gently from somewhere

      He drew a handkerchief from his pocket.

    2. c.
      to move something somewhere with a pulling movement

      Ellie drew a hand across her forehead.

    3. d.
      to pull out a gun, sword, or other weapon so that it is ready to use
    4. e.
      to pull out a tooth
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  3. 3
    [transitive] [often passive] to choose a person or thing from a group

    Our advisers have been drawn from a wide range of experts.

    1. a.
      to choose one player to compete against another

      India were drawn to play against USA in a Davis Cup tie.

    2. b.
      to choose a card or ticket in a game, without seeing what is on it

      I drew two cards from the pack.

  4. 4
    [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.

  5. 5
    [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.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to consider the ways in which two things are different or similar
    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.

  7. 7
    [transitive] to get a particular reaction from people
    draw praise/criticism:

    The new exhibition has been drawing a lot of criticism.

    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.

    1. a.
      to receive an amount of money regularly

      She wasn’t old enough to draw a state pension.

  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:

    Journalists tried to draw him on the subject of his wife.

  11. 11
    [intransitive/transitive] British if two teams or opponents draw, they both have the same score so neither wins. The American word is tie
    draw with:

    They drew 1–1 with Manchester United last week.

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