From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdrawdraw1 /drɔː $ drɒː/ ●●● S1 W1 verb (past tense drew /druː/, past participle drawn /drɔːn $ drɒːn/) 1 WITH PENCILpicture [intransitive, transitive]DRAW to produce a picture of something using a pencil, pen etc 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?2 → draw (somebody’s) attention3 → draw a conclusion4 → draw a comparison/parallel/distinction etc5 GET A REACTIONGETget a reaction [transitive] to get a particular kind of reaction from someonedraw something from somebody His remarks drew an angry response from Democrats.draw praise/criticism The movie drew praise from critics.6 attract [transitive]ATTRACT to attract someone or make them want to do somethingdraw 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.7 GET something IMPORTANTget something you need [transitive]GET to get something that you need or want from someone or somethingdraw something from something I drew a lot of comfort from her kind words. Plants draw nourishment from the soil.8 → be drawn9 MOVE IN ONE DIRECTIONmove [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]MOVE/CHANGE POSITION to move in a particular direction 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.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually use pull rather than draw:The train was pulling into the station.10 → draw near/closer11 → draw level12 PULLpull somebody/something [transitive always + adverb/preposition]MOVE/CHANGE POSITION to move someone or something in a particular direction by pulling them gentlydraw 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)► see thesaurus at pull13 PULL A VEHICLEpull a vehicle [transitive]TTBPULL if an animal draws a vehicle, it pulls it along a carriage drawn by six horses an ox-drawn cart► see thesaurus at pull14 TAKE OUTtake something out [transitive]TAKE something FROM SOMEWHERE to take something out of a container, pocket etcdraw 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.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually use pull something out or take something out rather than draw something out:Ali reached into his pocket and pulled out a piece of paper.15 → draw a line (between something)16 → draw the line (at something)17 → where do you draw the line?18 → draw a line under something19 → draw somebody’s eye (to something)20 FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNTfrom a bank (also draw out) [transitive]BFB to take money from your bank account syn withdraw Hughes had drawn $8,000 in cash from a bank in Toronto.21 BE PAIDreceive money [transitive]BEWPEW 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 → draw a cheque (on something)23 INTO YOUR LUNGSbreathe [intransitive, transitive]HBH to take air or smoke into your lungs She drew a deep breath. Ruth paused to draw breath, her voice barely hiding her excitement. He lit his pipe and drew deeply.24 → draw breath25 take liquid from something [transitive] a) to take a liquid from something such as a barrel or tap b) to take water from a well26 FIRE/CHIMNEYfire [intransitive]BURN if a fire or chimney draws, it lets the air flow through to make the fire burn well27 PLAYING CARD/TICKETchoose [intransitive, transitive]DG to choose by chance a ticket etc that will win a prize The winning ticket will be drawn at the Christmas Party.28 → draw lots/straws29 → draw the short straw30 GAMEgame [intransitive, transitive] especially British EnglishDSDG to finish without either side winning in a game such as football syn tie They drew 3–3.draw with Liverpool drew with Juventus.31 → be drawn against somebody32 → draw a blank33 → draw to a halt/stop34 → draw to a close/end35 → draw a veil over something36 → draw blood37 → draw a bow38 TTWship [transitive] technical if a ship draws a particular depth, it needs that depth of water to float in → be at daggers drawn at dagger(3)THESAURUSdraw to make a picture, pattern etc using a pen or pencilThe children were asked to draw a picture of their families.I’m going to art classes to learn how to draw.sketch /sketʃ/ to draw a picture of something or someone quickly and without a lot of detailRoy took a pencil and sketched the bird quickly, before it moved.illustrate to draw the pictures in a bookIt’s a beautiful book, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.doodle /ˈduːdl/ to draw shapes or patterns without really thinking about what you are doingHe was on the phone, doodling on his notepad as he spoke.scribble to draw shapes or lines without making a definite picture or pattern. Small children do this before they have learned to draw or writeAt the age of two, she loved scribbling with crayons and coloured pencils.trace to copy a picture by putting a piece of thin paper over it and drawing the lines that you can see through the paperFirst trace the map, and then copy it into your workbooks. → draw back → draw something ↔ down → draw in → draw somebody into something → draw something ↔ off → draw on → draw out → draw up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdraw• "Did you win?'' "No, we drew.''• Brooks can speak for several minutes without drawing a breath.• The football game is expected to draw a crowd of around 50,000.• Someone had drawn a line under my name.• Mike was sitting outside, drawing a picture of the trees at the bottom of the garden.• I'm good at drawing animals, but I can't draw people.• Paula drew back the sheet and looked at the sleeping child.• Sandflies are tiny insects that swarm and bite, sometimes drawing blood.• Such was the reputation of the school that it drew boys from all over the south of England.• The carriage was drawn by six white horses.• Amy loves to draw cartoons.• It was an unparalleled gathering of black artists from around the world, drawing delegates from fifty countries.• Such a government should include members drawn from the existing parliament, the nonviolent opposition movement and rebel leader Kabila himself.• Only then did Blanche draw herself up to her full five feet ten inches and arrest him.• She took my hand and drew me closer.• I draw on people from other regions in the company whose career paths I am not likely to cross any time soon.• She reached in her purse and drew out a silver cigarette case.• She can draw really well.• It was getting dark so I drew the curtains and switched on the light.• The Australian rugby team drew the first game of their European tour, sixteen-all against France at Lyon.• He wound in the line, steadily drawing the fish towards the bank.• The men were drawn to their work not only by curiosity and zeal, but also by an inspiring patriotism.• I've been drawing unemployment benefits for six months.• I want to consider whether the way in which environmental impact assessments are drawn up at the moment is satisfactory.• The Ministry of Railways and the national monopolies commission will draw up revised conditions of carriage to reflect the new statute.• Real Madrid drew with Barcelona in the last game of the season.draw somebody something• Could you draw me a diagram?draw praise/criticism• The review drew criticism as overly secretive, especially as it became clear that Rumsfeld was contemplating major change.• However, he drew criticism for his lavish spending, both personal and public.• C-SPAN draws praise for informing people about government.• The influential role played by President Francesco Cossiga in events leading to Andreotti's resignation drew criticism from some political quarters.• The overall standard of all the entries in the competition drew praise from the judges.• The report drew criticism, however, for failing to identify any of the companies or individuals that borrowed from the jusen.• O'Leary was elected chairman and he immediately drew criticism on the committee.• Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole drew criticism Thursday, when he blamed the welfare system for increases in domestic violence.draw ... crowds• Any tumultuous exterior I offer is merely to draw the crowds.• Its summer concerts, featuring such stars as Harry Belafonte and Boz Scaggs, draw crowds.• Cricket and horse-racing prospered, drawing good crowds and plenty of money.• It drew enormous crowds, as many as fifty thousand on a free day.• Despite their current run of bad luck, the Giants are drawing record crowds at Scottsdale Stadium.• The play drew standing-room-only crowds at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre for the last part of its three-week run in January.• It drew the crowds, I guess.draw something from something• I drew a lot of comfort from her kind words.draw a gun/sword/weapon etc• While the others set forth food for him, Boreas' sons took their stand beside him with drawn swords.• One of his executioners drew a sword and beheaded him.• A man claiming to be a priest was admitted to his presence, drew a sword, and killed him.• The Covenanters drew swords and spears, advanced on to the soft ground, and engaged the Dragoons in bloody hand-to-hand fighting.• The court heard that Newton had snapped in the mistaken belief that his father was about to draw a gun on him.• Horses drawing guns slithered helplessly on the icy road, ambulances full of wounded skidded into ditches.drawing ... pension• Or keep working past 65 and postpone drawing your pension.draw breath• She fought the futile urge to draw breath.• In a minute, she would dare draw breath again.• It must be impossible to stand up against it, he wrote, impossible to draw breath before it.• She drew breath for the first time in three and a quarter hours.• He drew breath hard, and stepped out from his shallow niche and stood in the centre of the walk.• She flipped through the catalogue and drew breath time and again.• Given unexpected control of his lungs, he spluttered and drew breaths until his body took over.• Lady Thatcher never drew breath, while John Major was a good listener.