draw out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theydraw out
he/she/itdraws out
present participledrawing out
past tensedrew out
past participledrawn out
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something continue longer than usual

    This action could draw the dispute out for another six months.

    People with southern accents tend to draw out their vowels.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move out of a place

    Slowly the train drew out of the station.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to encourage someone to talk more by making them feel more relaxed and confident

    It wasn’t easy to draw him out.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] when the days draw out, it remains light for longer because it will soon be spring
  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    5
    to take out

    Suddenly he drew out a gun.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 25/11/2015
  6.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    6
    to withdraw (money from a bank account)

    Depositors drew so much money out of the bank that it was forced to close down.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 25/11/2015
  7.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    7
    to make someone or something show a quality that they have

    The incident at the staff meeting drew out the worst in the staff members.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 25/11/2015
See also main entry: draw