draw1 S1 W1 past tense drew past participle drawn
to produce a picture of something using a pencil, pen etc:
picture[intransitive and transitive]
Katie had drawn a cottage with a little stream running next to it.
She asked the little girl to draw a picture of the man she'd spoken to.
Keith was drawing a complicated-looking graph.
I've never been able to draw very well.
draw somebody something
Can you draw me a map of how to get there?
to make someone notice something
draw (somebody's) attention to
I have been asked to draw your attention to the following points.
A dark house can draw attention to the fact that the house is empty.
draw attention to yourself
He didn't want to draw attention to himself.
The case drew international attention.
to decide that a particular fact or principle is true according to the information you have been given
draw a conclusion from
It would be unwise to draw firm conclusions from the results of a single survey.
to compare two people or things and show how they are similar or different
draw a comparison/parallel/distinction etc between
The author draws a comparison between East and West Germany and the North-South divide in England.
The report draws a distinction between various forms of health care.
to get a particular kind of reaction from someone
get a reaction[transitive]
draw something from somebody
His remarks drew an angry response from Democrats.
The movie drew praise from critics.
to attract someone or make them want to do something
draw somebody to something
What first drew you to teaching?
Beth felt strangely drawn to this gentle stranger.
The festival is likely to draw huge crowds.
to get something that you need or want from someone or something
get something you need[transitive]
draw something from something
I drew a lot of comfort from her kind words.
Plants draw nourishment from the soil.
to give information in reply to questions about something:
give information[usually in negatives]
She refused to be drawn on the subject.
to move in a particular direction:
move[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
She drew away, but he pulled her close again.
The boat drew alongside us and a man appeared on the deck.
I arrived just as the train was drawing into the station.
to become closer in time or space:
Maria grew anxious as the men drew closer.
Christmas is drawing near.
to move into a position where you are equal to someone else in a race, game, or competition:
Black drew level with the other runners.
to move someone or something in a particular direction by pulling them gently
pull somebody/something[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
draw somebody/something aside/up/across etc
Bobby drew a chair up to the table.
Hussain drew me aside to whisper in my ear.
draw the curtains/a blind etc (=close them by pulling them gently)
if an animal draws a vehicle, it pulls it along:
pull a vehicle[transitive]TTB
a carriage drawn by six horses
an ox-drawn cart
to take something out of a container, pocket etc
take something out[transitive]
draw something out/from something
Ali reached into his pocket and drew out a piece of paper.
draw a gun/sword/weapon etc
Maria drew her gun nervously and peered out into the gloom.
to think or show that one thing is different from another:
Adolescents often use drugs simply to try to draw a line between their own and their parents' way of life.
to allow or accept something up to a particular point, but not beyond it:
I don't mind doing some gardening but I draw the line at digging.
used to say it is impossible to decide at which point an acceptable limit has been reached:
Some say 50 is too old to have a baby, but where do you draw the line?
to say that something is completely finished and you will not think about it again:
I just want to draw a line under the relationship.
if something draws your eye, it makes you notice it:
My eye was drawn to a painting on the wall.
to take money from your bank account [= withdraw]:
from a bankalso draw out [transitive]BFB
Hughes had drawn $8000 in cash from a bank in Toronto.
to receive an amount of money regularly from a government or financial institution:
How long have you been drawing unemployment benefit?
I'll be drawing my pension before he'll ever get around to asking me to marry him!
22 British English draw a check (on something) American EnglishBFB
to write a cheque for taking money out of a particular bank account
to take air or smoke into your lungs:
breathe[intransitive and transitive]
Ruth paused to draw breath, her voice barely hiding her excitement.
He lit his pipe and drew deeply.
to find time to have a rest when you are busy:
I've hardly had a moment to draw breath.
take liquid from something[transitive]
to take a liquid from something such as a barrel or tap
to take water from a well
if a fire or chimney draws, it lets the air flow through to make the fire burn well
to choose by chance a card, ticket etc that will win a prize:
choose[intransitive and transitive]DG
The winning ticket will be drawn at the Christmas Party.
to decide who will do something by taking pieces of paper out of a container or choosing straws of hidden lengths:
We drew lots to see who would go first.
used to say that someone has been unlucky because they were chosen to do something that no one else wanted to do:
He drew the short straw and had to drive everyone to the party.
to finish without either side winning in a game such as football [= tie]:
game[intransitive and transitive] especially British EnglishDSDG
They drew 3-3.
Liverpool drew with Juventus.
31 British EnglishDSO
to be chosen by chance to play or compete against someone:
England have been drawn against France in next month's game.
to be unsuccessful in finding information or the answer to a problem:
All his investigations have drawn a blank so far.
if a vehicle draws to a halt or stop, it slows down and stops
Festival-goers began to drift off as the evening drew to an end.
to deliberately keep something unpleasant or embarrassing from being known:
I'd rather draw a veil over what happened last night.
to make someone bleed:
The dog bit her so hard that it drew blood.
to make someone angry or embarrass them in an argument, especially a public one:
Barker sought to draw blood by mentioning his rival's weakness of character.
to bend a bow by pulling back the string in order to shoot an arrow
if a ship draws a particular depth, it needs that depth of water to float in
➔ be at daggers drawnat dagger (3)
draw backphrasal verb
to move backwards, especially because you are frightened or surprised:
Suddenly, she drew back, startled.
draw back in horror/shock/fear etc
She peeped into the box and drew back in horror.
to decide not to do something, especially because you think it would be bad for you [= withdraw]
draw back from
The government drew back from their extreme standpoint.
draw inphrasal verb
1TM British English
if the days or nights draw in, it starts to get dark earlier in the evening because winter is coming:
In October the nights start drawing in.
to get someone involved in something:
We should use the demonstration as an opportunity to draw more supporters in.
Despite himself, he found himself being drawn in by the man's warmth and ease.
3 British EnglishBF
to spend less money because you have financial problems
draw somebody into somethingphrasal verb
He tried to draw her into conversation.
She found herself drawn into a disagreement between two of her neighbours.
draw something ↔ offphrasal verb
to remove some liquid from a larger supply:
The cold water is heated as it is drawn off.
draw onphrasal verb
to use information, experience, knowledge etc for a particular purpose:
His work draws heavily on learning theories of the 1980s.
She has 20 years' teaching experience to draw on.
to use part of a supply of something such as money:
I drew on my savings to pay for the repairs.
to breathe in smoke from a cigarette etc
4 British English formal
if a period of time or an event draws on, it comes closer to its end:
Winter is drawing on.
As the journey drew on, he started to feel tired.
draw outphrasal verb
to take money from your bank account
to make someone feel less shy and more willing to talk:
She just needed someone to draw her out and take an interest in her.
to mention a particular piece of information and explain it clearly and in detail:
draw something ↔ outformal
There are two major themes to be drawn out in this discussion.
to make an event last longer than usual: ➔ drawn-out
draw something ↔ out
The final question drew the meeting out for another hour.
5TMC British English
if the days or nights draw out, it stays light until later in the evening because summer is coming
draw upphrasal verb
to prepare a written document, such as a list or contract:
Draw up a list of all the things you want to do.
draw up plans/proposals
He was asked to draw up proposals for reforming the law.
The contract was drawn up last year.
if a vehicle draws up, it arrives somewhere and stops:
A taxi drew up at the gate.
to move a chair closer to someone or something
to stand up very straight because you are angry or determined about something:
He drew himself up and said, 'This has gone far enough'.
to bring your legs closer to your body:
Ruth sat, knees drawn up under her chin, and waited.