Definition of draw in English:



  • 1Produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks on paper with a pencil, pen, etc.

    ‘he drew a map’
    • ‘He drew a lovely picture of St. Patrick and he likes sketching.’
    • ‘Thus it is impossible to draw the above picture in one pencil stroke without retracing.’
    • ‘All 280 pupils at the school drew self-portraits in coloured pencil and showcased them in a special exhibition in the school hall.’
    • ‘This allows the user to draw diagrams or pictures more easily through software commands.’
    • ‘Deacon draws pictures to illustrate the various ways of getting from A to B.’
    • ‘Each picture was carefully drawn with pencil and then color was added, much as his mature artwork was done.’
    • ‘If you buy the upgrade package the cartoonist will draw pictures of the characters in your book, talking about you.’
    • ‘Sara watched from her desk as kids chatted with friends, threw paper airplanes, and drew offensive pictures and symbols on the chalkboard.’
    • ‘You can ask the children to create a different ending to the story or draw different pictures to illustrate what they have read.’
    • ‘Rege drew a diagram to illustrate body placement and its effect on decreasing speed rapidly.’
    • ‘This is part of the Swindon Music Festival and children taking part have been asked to design and draw a picture that represents the festival.’
    • ‘However the map was drawn in pencil, it had no towns, no villages, no roads, no mountain names, no river names.’
    • ‘Only after students have lightly drawn their designs in pencil are they allowed to crack open the watercolor set and splash ahead.’
    • ‘In a kitchen in Corringham, he drew a pencil sketch of the logo, featuring a globe flanked by a knife and fork, which he sent away to organisers, who adopted it for their cause.’
    • ‘Pictures must be drawn in pencil, black ink or charcoal so that they can be copied onto the front page.’
    • ‘We held a competition to see who could draw the best picture of the world showing the links between all the countries of the UN.’
    • ‘The sketches included a self-portrait drawn by the artist in 1937.’
    • ‘Rose was sitting quietly, absent-mindedly drawing her picture with thick, dark slashes of her pencil.’
    • ‘Next, the children drew pictures to represent some signs of spring.’
    • ‘But it is also a very attractive subject in itself, since its basic ideas can be understood very easily, and involve drawing colourful pictures.’
    sketch, pencil
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    1. 1.1Produce an image of (someone or something) by making lines and marks on paper.
      ‘I asked her to draw me’
      [no object] ‘you're at art college, you must be able to draw’
      • ‘A note pinned to the fridge has a hen and a pan on fire drawn on it.’
      • ‘The embodied capacity to write and draw seems to rule over the languid group of objects underneath.’
      • ‘Sometimes I go through spells when I just draw, when I just write, when I just paint.’
      • ‘When police gave him a sheet of paper, he drew a grand piano.’
      • ‘Dodger took another piece of paper and drew a cone with a wide base and a line near the bottom to show the ground; then near the top he put in a small circle connected to the cone by a line.’
      • ‘Peels were put in slide frames and studied under a binocular microscope and drawn using a camera lucida.’
      • ‘It was obvious to me that the woman she'd drawn was real, not just imagined.’
      • ‘He told his comrades that he could draw what was under the canvas.’
      • ‘A girl at the pub sits next to me, another forward blond, maybe four years old, and takes my paper and pen and draws me.’
      • ‘The stuff I draw is a bit weird; it's just another way of expressing myself, it's just for me really.’
      • ‘In one of his last cartoons for the paper, Sherffius drew a Republican elephant riding a pig representing pork-barrel projects.’
      • ‘He's an independent filmmaker now working for a Manhattan advertising firm, drawing animated tacos and hating on his boss every chance he gets.’
      • ‘My guess is that is he is a good observer who draws what he sees.’
      • ‘She could never draw properly when she knew someone was watching.’
      • ‘Even just random swirly things suggest that he's got an amazing and steady hand at drawing.’
      • ‘He just draws on everything and smokes cigarettes all day long.’
      • ‘For example, a comic book character doesn't really come to life until drawn on a piece of paper or whatever.’
      • ‘This time around, you are older, and you probably do not have the desire to draw, nor post your personal art on the family fridge.’
      • ‘She drew soaring cityscapes in crayon, painted remote-looking girls in watercolor.’
      • ‘I started drawing and a piece of paper landed on my desk.’
      sketch, pencil
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    2. 1.2Trace or produce (a line or mark) on a surface.
      ‘she drew a wavering line down the board’
      • ‘He drew a line indicating the limit of the rainfall which coincided with the southern boundary of saltbush country.’
      • ‘It is not be the first time these areas have become part of this zone; in 1997 the line was drawn as far north as Nantes River.’
      • ‘A horizontal line was drawn 5 mm perpendicular from the sternum keel of each print.’
      • ‘Lines are drawn on a canvas, either harmonious curves or cosmic chaos.’
      • ‘This incongruity revealed a much deeper problem than inconsistency in drawing racial lines between North and South.’
      • ‘And even areas where boundary lines have been drawn have not been free of problems.’
      • ‘It doesn't take much to chart really, just a program that lets you draw a straight line.’
      • ‘The main problem is a disagreement about where to draw the boundary lines between the camps.’
      • ‘Together, they drew lines, and squiggles, and circles, until the green crayon was exhausted.’
      • ‘Through that point draw a horizontal line to the intersection with the hypotenuse.’
      • ‘In the 1920s, Ireland had a Boundary Committee that drew the border between North and South.’
      • ‘Then yesterday I was drawing wiggly lines in my sketchbook (like you do) and lo - people.’
      • ‘Please indicate italics by underlining and indicate boldface by drawing a wavy line beneath the affected characters.’
      • ‘To help rectify this, Council will begin by redefining the city boundary - drawing a line beyond which transport and bulk services will not be offered.’
      • ‘He was an intelligent man and drew a line delineating that region of South Australia that experienced, by and large, reliable rainfall, from that which did not.’
      • ‘But to understand and analyze the overall debate, it is useful to draw the boundary lines with broad brushstrokes.’
      • ‘An informal boundary line has been drawn between these armed camps.’
      • ‘He was drawing lines and putting numbers on various areas.’
      • ‘China's territorial boundary line is drawn extending around contested islands in the South China Sea.’
      • ‘He developed the hemicyclium, a sundial which has the hour lines drawn on the surface of a conic section giving greater accuracy.’
      copy, reproduce, go over, draw over, draw the lines of
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  • 2Pull or drag (something such as a vehicle) so as to make it follow behind.

    ‘a cart drawn by two horses’
    • ‘The rarely-used Scottish state coach, drawn by four white horses, was escorted by two squadrons of the Household Cavalry.’
    • ‘Behind him, drawn by two milky oxen, was a cart laid with cloth of purple.’
    • ‘Steam engines were then made portable so that they could be drawn by horses.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a richly garbed carriage rumbling slowly and carefully toward him drawn by two dappled horses.’
    • ‘In 1990, authorities in Florence decreed that horses drawing carriages in the city must wear a form of nappies.’
    • ‘The peasant I had seen on my way to Evora that morning, trudging a field behind a hand-plough drawn by a pair of bullocks, might have been his father.’
    • ‘Prince Rupert of the Rhine drove to the battle of Marston Moor in a coach drawn by six horses.’
    • ‘Sometime later it was adopted as a funeral carriage drawn by two horses.’
    • ‘Although the roads were busy, this was mainly of vehicles drawn by sheep or goats or ancient bicycles.’
    • ‘Her glass carriage was drawn by four white horses decorated with pink plumage and two coach men dressed in white suits, pink ties and top hats.’
    • ‘All of them were taken to a large area, once the Town Square, which was filled with large carts, drawn by black horses.’
    • ‘He introduced ambulances volantes, light, two-wheeled, sprung vehicles, drawn by two horses, for the rapid evacuation of the wounded.’
    • ‘The former soldier's coffin was draped in a Union Jack and carried to St Bartholomew's Church, in Park Lane, on a carriage drawn by two horses.’
    • ‘He followed the same method as the Philistines when they sent it back to Israel and put it on a new cart, drawn by oxen.’
    • ‘Horses drawing carts clip-clop along the unsurfaced roads and gypsy children run barefoot in hot pursuit.’
    • ‘The princess and the fairy mage were bound by ropes as prisoners on a covered wagon drawn by two horses that didn't seem quite normal.’
    • ‘The path is just wide enough for a horse drawing a single cart.’
    • ‘Twelve enormous carved wheels appear to support the temple-chariot which is drawn by seven galloping horses.’
    • ‘Aunty Miss left her entire property to a mysterious young man who arrived in a brown carriage drawn by brown horses from the east a week after her death.’
    • ‘The hapless Christians mixed burning limestone and drew carts like horses, in between brutal beatings, from dawn to dusk.’
    1. 2.1[with object and adverbial of direction]Pull or move (something) in a specified direction.
      ‘I drew back the blanket and uncovered the body’
      • ‘Nine figures stood around it, in a circle, all save one were dressed in black robes, with hoods drawn up to cover their faces.’
      • ‘Kieran lay curled on his side, already drifting, waiting for the covers to be drawn over him.’
      • ‘Smiling, Paragon drew his covers tighter and pondered up at the stars that his father's people adored so much.’
      • ‘She moved closer, drawing her hand along his cheek.’
      • ‘As she moves back, she draws her hands around my neck and then toward her.’
      • ‘For a moment I was blinded by pain and I pulled back, drawing my arm against my chest.’
      pull, haul, drag, tug, heave, trail, trawl, tow
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    2. 2.2[with object and adverbial of direction]Gently pull or guide (someone) in a specified direction.
      ‘‘David,’ she whispered, drawing him aside’
      • ‘‘Lady Margaret,’ he whispered, drawing me closer so I could feel his breath on my neck and face.’
      • ‘It had been as if some irresistible force had drawn him in her direction.’
      • ‘He draws the young woman aside, holding her ice-cold hand.’
      • ‘He drew her to him gently, holding her against him, and she didn't resist but let herself turn fluid in his arms, let the touch of his lips on her face wash over her like a tide.’
      • ‘I tightened my hold on Liv's fingers and she gently drew me inside.’
      • ‘Completely undone, she drew him gently into her arms and held him.’
      • ‘She pulled his shirt, drawing him closer to her and whispered in his ear.’
      • ‘He playfully pulled my sleeve, drawing me into a hug.’
      • ‘Daniel wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her close, drawing her into a deeper, more urgent kiss.’
      • ‘One day, while Danny was at work, Susan drew her daughter aside for a chat.’
      • ‘Having gently drawn us into the world of energy healing, she ‘slam dunks’ us here.’
      • ‘He drew me closer and pulled his cloak over our heads and stopped.’
      • ‘I gently got Abigail into a sitting position and drew her against me.’
      • ‘She shrieked loudly, though it was most probably drowned out by the rain, as a hand grabbed her arm and sharply pulled her up, drawing her into the warm chest of some person.’
      • ‘‘Good girl,’ he whispered, and he drew her in to kiss her for the first time.’
      • ‘Pulling her around to him he drew her onto his lap.’
      • ‘He pulled Irene out the door and paused, drawing her to him.’
      • ‘He impulsively drew her nearer to him as the dance started, guiding her through the steps.’
      • ‘Gently pulling her to him, he drew her into an embrace and kissed her again.’
      • ‘Taking the tankard from her, he set both their drinks aside and drew her into the circle of dancers prancing about the fire in time to a fiddler.’
    3. 2.3[no object, with adverbial of direction]Move somewhere in a slow steady way.
      ‘the train drew in to the station’
      • ‘As the plaintiff approached the coach he saw two other small boys near the coach and as he drew alongside the vehicle these boys jumped away and there was an explosion.’
      • ‘At that moment I heard footsteps which slowed as they drew closer to my door.’
      • ‘The train drew into Moscow's Paveletsky Station, platform number four.’
      • ‘He slowed as he drew near, like he sensed there was something there.’
      • ‘The emergency cord was pulled, and as the tube train drew into Oval station a man dashed out of the doors and ran.’
      • ‘I slowed down to draw alongside the car I was overtaking.’
      • ‘Still moving, we drew nearer to the location and our hearts began to pound faster.’
      • ‘Although to her dismay, his lips did not pucker nor did they even move as she drew near.’
      • ‘She grabbed Darwin's arm and stepped forward as the train drew to a stop in front of them.’
      • ‘As the platform drew near and the train started to slow, I looked quickly out of the window to see everyone stood on the platform ready to greet me.’
      • ‘The people's feet, ahead of us, moved onward, drawing away.’
      • ‘My mind keeps repeating those words as the footsteps draw nearer.’
      • ‘Catherine leapt to her feet as the sounds of footsteps drew nearer.’
      • ‘Still, as it drew into the station, it clearly wasn't packed to the gunnels.’
      • ‘Her eyes focused through her vague attention, and narrowed on some signs that told her that a train station was drawing near.’
      • ‘There had been about 90 of them, and I only managed to collect about half before the train drew into the station.’
      • ‘Brake slowed slightly as he drew even with a busy corner lot, filled with the happy associations of a mid-heat birthday party.’
      • ‘It was less than an hour later when the train drew into the City.’
      move, go, come, walk, proceed, progress, travel, continue, advance, get, make it, make one's way, pass, make a move, drive
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    4. 2.4[no object, with adverbial]Come to or arrive at a point in time or in a process.
      ‘the campaign drew to a close’
      • ‘It drew to a close with ‘Hosanna’, composed by Caleb Simper.’
      • ‘As the show drew to a close (after a disappointingly short 60 minutes) I was left wanting slightly more.’
      • ‘By the early 1970s, as the war in Vietnam drew to a close, one-fifth of the Army's total manpower was in Europe.’
      • ‘As each one drew to a close, thousands had gathered in the square to watch as the light faded in the evening sky and brightened simultaneously in the room where the Pope lay.’
      • ‘Then as the half drew to a close Martin showed keen awareness with a quickly taken free kick but was left frustrated as his kick curled the away from an unguarded net, the keeper stranded at his opposite post.’
      • ‘The four-day nonstop party honoring Queen Elizabeth II and her half century on the throne drew to a close today in the British capitol.’
      • ‘The Master Games drew to a close on Saturday night, with two thirds of the 3,500 competitors taking home messages about the games and The Centre.’
      • ‘Another exhibition, ‘Leaving Home’, drew to a close yesterday.’
      • ‘As the week drew to a close, the camp assembled for a final campfire.’
      • ‘As it drew to a close last Sunday, the Festival was deemed highly successful both by the organisers and the many members of the public who had attended.’
      • ‘As it drew to a close, however, it was realised that the monies raised would stretch to providing a second well - thanks to the generosity of all who participated.’
      • ‘I was finishing an undergraduate degree at Sydney University in 1975, and heard many theories as the academic year drew to a close.’
      • ‘As the week of the Festival drew to a close, I still had not heard from you, and became worried that you may have lost my phone numbers, or just forgotten to ring me.’
      • ‘As the month drew to a close the Local Authority added up the cost of everything it plans to do over the next five years and announced the bill will come to a total of £30 million.’
      • ‘Loughglynn Marque Carnival drew to a close last Tuesday night and a ‘full house’ was present for the final dance with Brendan Shine and his band.’
      • ‘The weekend drew to a close with an ecumenical service in the chapel of Woodlock House which was given to the Sisters of Cluny by the Malcomsons in the early 20th Century.’
      • ‘With Spring Festival having arrived and Valentine's Day drawing near, the number of flowers that will be sold is expected to reach a record high.’
      • ‘As the evening drew to a close, bevies of giggling schoolgirls and aspiring musicians poured out of the auditorium exchanging notes on the performances.’
      • ‘The initial programme drew to a close in April but the UK government has since funded a second three-year project, which kicked off last month.’
      • ‘‘Dear Lillie, I leave Japan today with very great regret,’ he wrote from Kobe as August 1907 drew to a close.’
    5. 2.5Pull (curtains) shut or open.
      ‘do you want me to draw the curtains?’
      • ‘A few moments later someone drew the curtains, shutting the light down to a soft dim.’
      • ‘He tried to spy Claire behind one of them, but as always the curtains were drawn shut.’
      • ‘The curtains were drawn so I moved quickly over to them to see what kind of view was behind them.’
      • ‘I drew open the curtains, let white light wash through the before dark room.’
      • ‘She pulled the heavy window shut, drew the curtains, and fell sleepily onto the bed.’
      • ‘The windows upstairs were shut, the curtains drawn.’
      • ‘I drew open the curtains on a glorious day, the light even, clear, and merciless.’
      • ‘She shut the windows and drew her curtains, letting her gaze linger on the moon for a while.’
      • ‘She drew open the shower curtain and closed the shower.’
      • ‘The waitress shuts the windows and draws the curtains.’
      • ‘The nurse drew the curtain shut again and walked off.’
      • ‘Without her knowing, the man had shut the windows and drawn the curtains.’
      • ‘She walked over to the window and drew the curtains, shutting out the inquisitive glare of the moon.’
      • ‘I switched off my bedside lamp and drew open the curtains.’
      • ‘I closed the door behind me and drew the curtains open so the moonlight could beam into my room.’
      • ‘He drew the curtains shut silently and turned around, not offering a word.’
      • ‘When it came to the end of the day, though, I was more than happy to draw the curtains and shut the day out.’
      • ‘She tightened her robe and drew open the curtains.’
      • ‘A little girl drew the curtains open to reveal a window to the street outside, where people walked by, seeming to be part of the performance.’
      • ‘We draw open the curtain and emerge from the cubicle together.’
      close, shut, pull together, pull shut, pull to, draw to, lower
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    6. 2.6Make (wire) by pulling a piece of metal through successively smaller holes.
      • ‘The structure of heavily drawn wire or rolled sheet consists of very long interlocking grains.’
      • ‘Aluminum wire, drawn from rolled rod, may be stranded into cable of any desired size and type.’
  • 3Extract (an object) from a container or receptacle.

    ‘he drew his gun and peered into the gloomy apartment’
    • ‘The other acted immediately, drawing his gun and pulling the trigger.’
    • ‘Even when the idea of justice is interpreted in a positive light, one should refrain from drawing one's sword indiscriminately.’
    • ‘The blond drew a spiked chain, while the other drew a nefariously shaped sword.’
    • ‘Women wash their hair in the water and householders draw some out to sprinkle in their doorways for a good harvest and fruitfulness to come.’
    • ‘Cecil quickly drew his other sword, and took a defensive stance.’
    • ‘He held the knife threateningly in his left hand, and drew his black ruby sword in his right.’
    • ‘The guards with the torches came running back and joined the other six in drawing swords and moving for the shadow that was pulling the gate open.’
    • ‘And he drew off the contents of the cyst with a needle.’
    • ‘I bit my lip in concentration and drew an arrow, pulling the bowstring taut.’
    • ‘He heard the whine of steel on scabbard and drew his two swords, barely crossing them in time to intercept her drive.’
    • ‘It was like leeches they used back when, to draw off bad blood but in this case they drew off fat.’
    • ‘The two other figures moved forward and drew their swords, then broke into a charge.’
    • ‘There was also the chilling sound of a sword - several swords - being drawn.’
    • ‘She tensed and sprang up, drawing her two swords.’
    • ‘The doc drew off a lot of fluid - then it was up to Kris.’
    • ‘The others stood, not questioning Jim's direction, and drew their guns for the second time in less than an hour.’
    • ‘A violent row broke out between the four men at which stage the two attackers drew Samurai swords and attempted to slash their victims.’
    • ‘He moves ever closer, drawing a dagger, with a smile on his face.’
    • ‘The naturally occurring well is renowned for the purity of its water, which is drawn with the aid of a mechanical pump.’
    • ‘She quickly drew her knife, pulled him in by wrapping an arm around his neck.’
    pull out, take out, bring out, draw out, produce, fish out, extract, withdraw
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  • 4Take or obtain (liquid) from a container or receptacle.

    ‘a wheel was built to draw water from the well’
    ‘he drew off a pint of bitter’
    • ‘He mercilessly sunk his teeth into her delicate skin and drank the red liquid that he drew.’
    • ‘Vacuum filters often use cloth or wire screen to hold the solids as the liquid is drawn through.’
    • ‘A critical water shortage has hit Luwingu district following the continued strike by council workers forcing residents to draw their domestic supply from suspected contaminated sources.’
    • ‘The liquid is drawn into a nebulizer, which breaks it up into a spray of tiny droplets.’
    • ‘The liquid drawn off after the salted fish had fermented for about two months was garum or liquamen; allec or allex was the name of the solid residue, which also had culinary uses.’
    • ‘As he drew some of the clear liquid from the bottle into the syringe, Mercury tried to read the label over his shoulder but found it plain.’
    • ‘In his hand that had not been crushed, he gripped the jagged shard of glass even while it pricked him and drew more red liquid.’
    • ‘The oil container draws the oil into the wicks so they will burn continuously.’
    • ‘As the tall man walked over to Shacago, the nurse drew some almost translucent liquid out of a bottle and into a thick needle.’
    • ‘They wanted a reliable, low-cost and easily managed system supplying potable water to a complex of delivery points across town, eliminating the need for people to draw their water from suspect sources.’
    drain, extract, withdraw, remove, suck, pump, siphon, milk, bleed, tap, void, filter, pour, tip, discharge, transfer
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    1. 4.1Run (a bath)
      ‘I would have been drawing his bath’
      • ‘She drew a hot bath for herself and took down her long brown hair.’
      • ‘Karen Nelson was contentedly lying in her husband's arms amidst the bubbles of the hot bath he had drawn.’
      • ‘To complete the effect, feel free to draw yourself a hot bath, and crawl in the tub with a nice cup of tea and a spreadsheet.’
      • ‘Like me, you probably don't think twice about switching on a light, drawing a hot bath, turning up the heat or calling a friend on the phone.’
      • ‘She found it a bit strange that they had drawn her up a bath and then placed her in such a nicely furnished room, but was too weary to think on it much.’
      • ‘We get into the house, and while Nathan and his brother head straight for the living room, I run up the stairs and draw a long, hot bath for him.’
      • ‘All she wanted to do was to send Will over a friend's house, draw a hot bath, and go to bed.’
      • ‘The three of us had baths drawn, two for Matt and Brock to share, and a private one for me.’
      • ‘Pippin wants a bath and they debate who is going to bathe first but see that three baths can be drawn at once.’
      • ‘She took a breath and smiled, noting a bath already drawn for her.’
      • ‘The contractions were causing sufficient discomfort that the midwife on duty drew Heather a warm bath… which promptly caused the contractions to stop.’
      • ‘They had drawn a hot bath for her and Isabella with scented oils and a variety of soaps that Maria could never had imagined.’
      • ‘An eternity of wheezy, sensitive romance later, your lover is slain, your bath drawn and now the blade is at your own flesh.’
      • ‘She made her way out of bed and drew herself a hot bath.’
      • ‘She went into the bathroom and drew herself a nice hot bubble bath.’
      • ‘A bath had been drawn so I could cleanse myself of the dirt of traveling, which I gratefully did, drowning in the aroma of mint.’
      • ‘Etria hummed to herself as she waited for her bath to be drawn.’
      • ‘She walked towards her bathing room and looked at the bath that Filia had drawn for her.’
      • ‘I went into the bathroom to find the bath already drawn for me.’
      • ‘When Coleman returned to his home after his days on the street, Mac Donald reports, he drew himself a hot bath, got into it and started to cry.’
    2. 4.2Obtain something from (a particular source)
      ‘an independent panel of judges drawn from members of the public’
      • ‘These four talented musicians draw their inspiration from widely varied sources of music.’
      • ‘In contrast, civilization's three previous historic forms of government drew their power from different sources.’
      • ‘Other fountains drew their inspiration from various Greek legends, thus infusing a sense of mystery to every sight that one laid one's eyes on.’
      • ‘Historians now drew their inspiration from indigenous language sources and local colonial archives.’
      • ‘The operating budget draws its funds from three sources: tuition dollars, alumni gifts through the annual fund and a portion of the return from the endowment, Aase said.’
      • ‘Even some of the government hospitals draw their supplies from the same source.’
      • ‘Thy drew their inspiration from a group of women who decided to walk around London in aid of breast cancer.’
      • ‘The collection of poetry by the Kilkelly man, who draws his inspiration from real life events, is available in Newsround, Main St., and Caulfield's, Upper Main St. Ballyhaunis.’
      • ‘The Carlow Brewing Company draws its inspiration from the history of the surrounding area to produce traditional Celtic recipes.’
      • ‘He often draws his inspiration from animals and examples of his latest work use a study of lizards as a starting point.’
      • ‘Evans draws her inspiration from an old-growth forest on Vancouver Island.’
      • ‘While he and his once-youthful collaborators have become modern icons, Baldry draws his inspiration from the masters of an even earlier era.’
      • ‘Most ancient kings were attributed to the highest order of priesthood, and drew their authority from a divine source, for whom they acted as a living representative.’
      • ‘While in England, he noticed that many of those working for the abolition of slavery drew their inspiration from the Bible.’
      • ‘Performing in the traditional Irish style, he draws his inspiration from another age.’
      • ‘Should they be more discerning about the sources they draw their information from?’
      • ‘They also drew an inspiration from what they learn in the classroom, informs one of the art teachers who supervised the ambitious, annual project.’
      • ‘It draws its inspiration from Norway, where the government started phasing in smoking restrictions in the late 1980s, stipulating that 25 per cent of all tables in bars and restaurants must be non-smoking.’
      • ‘That extra man proved to be a hindrance to Laois however and it was Dublin who drew most inspiration from the situation.’
      • ‘Assu draws his inspiration from his friends, family and mixed-cultural upbringing.’
    3. 4.3Use (one's experience, talents, or skills) as a resource.
      ‘Sue has a lot of past experience to draw on’
      • ‘They draw on memories of past experience when in pain, and this leads to thinking and behaviour, which is the result of those experiences.’
      • ‘He has a spectrum of talents and draws on a wide range of experiences and influences, exposures and environments.’
      • ‘Inspired by her success and drawing on her past experience of office management and bookkeeping, she has now set up SAS Bookkeeping to provide bookkeeping, payroll and administration support to small businesses.’
      • ‘Fremantle drew on his past experience in presenting yet another option.’
      • ‘Even our top leaders are guilty of such unnecessary qualification, which clearly does not draw on past experience.’
      • ‘Whether you needed some time alone or preferred having someone nearby, you can draw on your past experiences to plan ahead.’
      • ‘Over the past few months he has been drawing on his remarkable experiences to become a motivational speaker, a role he uses to create a more positive image of disability in the workplace.’
      • ‘The previous rulers often spent hours browsing through the volumes during times of great peril, drawing on the experiences of the past for answers.’
      • ‘It is linking into the skills that exist outside the college and drawing on people's experience from their work, both inside and outside the college.’
      • ‘Human beings debate and discuss ideas, constructing arguments, drawing on past experiences and imagining future possibilities, in order to change the opinions of others.’
      • ‘We draw on ideas, experiences and talents from the community, and create shows and present them back to the community.’
      • ‘They have incredible resources, and can draw on talent from all over the world, and the standard of competition there really has no peer.’
      • ‘‘They developed the product and we can still draw on their talent and experience,’ said Braun.’
      • ‘The idea is that our subconscious minds are constantly processing all sorts of information and drawing on our past experience, so that in many cases snap decisions turn out to be correct ones.’
      • ‘The editor suggests sources and resources to the writer, draws on personal experience and knowledge to widen the reach of the reporting and research.’
      • ‘Is it possible, drawing on the experience of the past year, to identify the key components of a winning strategy against al-Qaeda?’
      • ‘Chang will draw on personal experience to discuss the tragic past of the world's fastest growing superpower.’
      • ‘As a result of pooling expertise and drawing on experience from past programmes, we can see that no two areas are the same in terms of rural development.’
      • ‘Can the standoff be resolved in a ‘rational’ manner that draws on past experience to avoid the worst?’
      • ‘Looking for a spark, head coach Mike Mularkey is drawing on past experience.’
      call on, have recourse to, avail oneself of, turn to, look to, fall back on, rely on, make use of, exploit, use, employ, utilize, bring into play
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    4. 4.4Obtain or withdraw (money) from a bank or other source.
      ‘now I just draw out a spending allowance every week’
      • ‘The money will be drawn using a card and a PIN at a post office.’
      • ‘Akzo subsidized these low prices by money drawn from the plastics sector.’
      • ‘First, is this a situation in which money can be drawn down merely because there is a bona fide claim?’
      • ‘When so much importance and security is given to draw one's own money from a bank, why not show similar care for one's health?’
      • ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.’
      • ‘Money has been drawn away from deposit accounts to unit trusts, life assurance, and pension plans.’
      • ‘The value is subject to the normal income tax on the money drawn down from the fund or annuity.’
      • ‘The MPs decided that the money drawn would be taxed by 16 per cent instead of the present 20 per cent.’
      • ‘What is interesting is that all private sector industries are being run with money drawn from publicly owned banks.’
      • ‘My mother has never paid a bill, written a cheque or drawn money from the bank in her life.’
      • ‘He said the bank would not draw or demand any money from the client as the bank would only claim insurance when one was fired.’
      • ‘We were afraid that if we opened the door on treatment at all, then all of our money would be drawn away.’
      • ‘You put off buying an annuity, invest the money, and draw some of it off as a pension.’
      • ‘Less money will be available to government, and that money will be drawn more heavily from those who have the least.’
      • ‘In the normal course customers pay their credit card accounts on time by drawing against deposits at banks on which effectively no interest is being paid.’
      withdraw, take out
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    5. 4.5Hunting Search (cover) for game.
      ‘many a time she had seen the hounds draw such a covert’
    6. 4.6Bridge (of the declarer) force the defenders to play (cards in a particular suit) by leading cards in that suit.
      ‘before establishing his diamonds, declarer must draw trumps’
      • ‘The declarer then draws an equal number of cards from the top of the heap, including the face-up trump card if the contract is vuelta.’
      • ‘If you draw a card of the trump rank during the deal, you are not obliged to expose it immediately or at all.’
      • ‘The player who drew the trump card keeps it and begins phase two.’
      • ‘A player who cannot play may be penalised by having to draw one or more cards from an undealt stock.’
      • ‘Any player who draws a card of the trump rank during the deal may place it face up on the table, and its suit then becomes trumps for the hand.’
    7. 4.7Suck smoke from (a cigarette or pipe)
      ‘she drew heavily on her cigarette’
      • ‘Casually he stuck the incense in a brass bowl in front of a plastic Buddha, and drew on his cigarette.’
      • ‘She lit a cigarette, her fingers brown from nicotine, and wheezed as she drew on the unfiltered smoke.’
      • ‘He sat opposite me, at a table on the riverside terrace of the ITV studios on London's South Bank, talking excitedly into my tape recorder, pausing only to draw on his cigarette.’
      • ‘She drew on her smoke and put it out in a plant pot at the twins' door then turned down the hallway and into her room.’
      • ‘True, I did not stand there, nonchalantly drawing on a cigarette’
      • ‘‘It's going to be crazy,’ said Rob O'Rourke, sipping a pint of lager and drawing on a cigarette outside Paddy Foley's, the Irish bar he manages.’
      • ‘Hands shaking, he took one from the pack and lit it, drawing on it deeply, letting the smoke fill his lungs.’
      • ‘They shared a match, then each took a contented draw on his pipe.’
      • ‘‘I loathe him,’ he said as he drew on a cigarette outside his office.’
      • ‘Farner draws on his cigarette, exhales, and spits.’
      • ‘As the Scottish actor draws on his cigarette in the vain hope it will warm him up, a passer-by stops to gaze at him.’
      • ‘She watched as he tilted his hat back on his head and drew on his cigarette.’
      • ‘You draw on it like a cigarette and nicotine passes into your mouth.’
      • ‘She coughed after drawing on the smoke, and when she finished, Deidre became aware of her raspy breathing.’
      • ‘Eric frowned thoughtfully and drew on his pipe.’
      • ‘Shivering in the cold and drawing on a cigarette, she keeps a wary eye on any passers by.’
      • ‘He draws on his cigarette and looks out the kitchen window again.’
      • ‘He drew on his cigarette dramatically, exhaling with an equally dramatic sigh.’
      • ‘Ben Menashe is drawing on another cigarette while simultaneously undressing before the eyes of the general public in the jockey's improvised changing room, a horse stall at the end of the parade ring.’
      • ‘But once the ban is in place, even filming an actor drawing on a cigarette will be against the law, since all enclosed public spaces - including film sets - are out of bounds.’
      puff on, draw on, pull on
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    8. 4.8[no object](of a chimney, flue, or fire) allow air to flow in and upwards freely, so that a fire can burn.
      ‘failure of a fire to draw properly can have a number of causes’
      • ‘The chimney was drawing well and the smoke was quickly sucked out of the room.’
    9. 4.9Take in (a breath)
      ‘Mrs Feather drew a long breath’
      • ‘After drawing the requisite deep breath, he began to speak.’
      • ‘Each breath she drew seemed deeper and stronger than the last.’
      • ‘Joe drew a few deep breaths and turned angrily on his heel.’
      • ‘So back we go to Brewer, Pennsylvannia, as the century draws its last wheezy breaths where everything's changed and nothing's very different.’
      • ‘The air seemed thick for a moment as Rebecca drew short, labored breaths.’
      • ‘The child drew her first lusty breath, and all memory of Before was buried to allow the child to grow.’
      • ‘He resisted the urge to swallow, hard, and drew a long careful breath.’
      • ‘I veer into the middle lane again, car swerving wildly, and draw a second deep breath.’
      • ‘You wait and wait for the exhale, but it never comes, because the breath is still being drawn.’
      • ‘She drew a few deep breaths and padded toward the bathroom as she stripped off her nightgown.’
      • ‘When I inhaled, the needle would move from 130 to 0 before I had drawn half a breath.’
      • ‘I drew a few ragged breaths and fought to regain my composure.’
      • ‘And Barrett looks to be the best candidate for the job who's ever drawn a breath.’
      • ‘She drew a deep calming breath and put his hand back on the covers.’
      breathe in, inhale, suck in, inspire, respire
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    10. 4.10[no object](of tea) be left standing so that the flavour is extracted from the leaves.
      ‘a pot of tea is allowed to draw’
    11. 4.11Disembowel.
      ‘after a mockery of a trial he was hanged, drawn, and quartered’
  • 5Be the cause of (a specified response)

    ‘he drew criticism for his lavish spending’
    • ‘Another cover version drew a more mixed response from both these listeners, however.’
    • ‘While the paragraph on the Holocaust draws the most emotional responses, other points have also sparked criticism.’
    • ‘It's an olive branch sheathed like a blade, but it draws the largest applause of the night.’
    • ‘This was one of the aspects of ‘Patriot II’ that drew the most criticism.’
    • ‘Yet her first aria as Liu drew the first overwhelming applause of the evening.’
    • ‘The exhibition drew such a strong response from visitors that Cartwright Hall decided to have a permanent collection of calligraphy from the Muslim world.’
    • ‘The comments represented a break from earlier determined predictions of victory, and drew an immediate Democratic response.’
    • ‘However, pure air drew no enhanced response from this region.’
    • ‘That should draw the largest applause in the Old Vic.’
    • ‘In each particular case, the appropriate response must be drawn from prayer and grace.’
    • ‘The USA drew the loudest applause of the day at the Pond, which was open to the public.’
    • ‘This aspect of homeopathy draws the most criticism because it's difficult to understand and has no scientific explanation.’
    • ‘Any suggestion of a major disturbance in the temple precincts would have drawn an immediate vigorous response.’
    • ‘It became clear, however, that the play drew a rather different response from much of its audience.’
    • ‘I write to address criticisms drawn in response to my call for a secret ballot.’
    • ‘‘As the law concerns almost everyone, it drew a bigger response than any other amendment,’ Zhang said.’
    • ‘The biggest hole in the first draft of the bill, and which drew the heaviest criticism was the failure to mention the right to a Gaelic education.’
    • ‘Based on the data, the company buys additional time on stations that draw the best response.’
    • ‘What kind of world is this that when a person states the obvious, it is so counter to the deceptive spin of the media and the government that it draws the strongest applause of the conference?’
    • ‘It is in this vein that economics draws the most criticism from the ‘hard’ sciences.’
    1. 5.1Attract (someone) to come to a place or an event.
      ‘you really drew the crowds with your playing’
      • ‘This eagerly anticipated annual event once again drew the crowds and this time there was the added attraction of an extra race on the town centre circuit.’
      • ‘Here, luxuriously confined, they drew crowds of visitors attracted by their boisterous commentary.’
      • ‘We create attractive cost efficient websites that will draw visitors and customers to your business or personal web pages.’
      • ‘Not only does he brew the tsipouro, he's also a talented singer, and was ‘in concert’ for guests one night, an event which also drew a large audience of locals.’
      • ‘The English department held a teach-in that, like other such events, drew a crowd.’
      • ‘Such events often draw crowds of several hundred people and are well covered in local and regional newspapers.’
      • ‘His funeral will be at the National Cathedral, an event likely to draw world leaders.’
      • ‘In this city, fashion events always draw excited crowds.’
      • ‘Soaring temperatures brought Lewisham residents out in force to enjoy two annual events which always draw a huge crowd.’
      • ‘The event drew a huge crowd, as this sport gatherers greater and greater interest amongst the locals.’
      • ‘The event drew an enthusiastic audience of 1,100 on a Saturday evening.’
      • ‘The event drew record crowds for the three day festival with 150,000 in attendance.’
      • ‘The Thursday before the two marquee events drew a crowd of 23,630.’
      • ‘The groups have wanted to use park space for this cultural event, which draws visitors and participants from all corners of the United States.’
      • ‘Although Friday was cloudy and blighted with intermittent rain, the weather proved kind on Saturday with sunshine and warmth drawing crowds to the event.’
      • ‘It attracts advertisers by drawing a large audience of users to its service.’
      • ‘Over the years, no event ever drew such crowds to town and it was a day of days that never failed to give people a day out and of course it will jog old memories.’
      • ‘All nine drivers deserve the highest praise for performing faultlessly throughout the event, which drew a total crowd of nearly 100,000 over the three days.’
      • ‘But it was the opening event that had drawn a healthy crowd of onlookers.’
      • ‘The monsters and other sci-fi characters are the attractions that draw people to our events, and help us raise money.’
      attract, interest, win, capture, catch the eye of, catch, catch hold of, hold, grip, engage, allure, lure, entice, invite
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    2. 5.2Induce (someone) to reveal or do something.
      ‘he refused to be drawn on what would happen’
      • ‘She is only drawn into his personal drama when he is forced to reveal secrets.’
      • ‘It was important not just because of the verbal spat he was drawn into with White, but also because of a smaller controversy closer to home.’
      • ‘We need to maintain a firm policy on outlawing prostitution, while also addressing the reasons why men and women are drawn into it.’
      • ‘It's working because we're not producing the kinds of jobs we need, good jobs, in this economy and people are drawn into the military.’
      • ‘She is drawn into a secret society of sacrificial murder.’
      • ‘Ministers hope the national launch of the scheme will help nip offending in the bud and stop young people being drawn into a life of crime.’
      • ‘But he was drawn into experimenting with drugs as he grew older.’
      • ‘Det Chief Supt Howlett confirmed the body had been buried but would not be drawn into revealing any further details.’
      • ‘Willy-nilly and no doubt unwillingly, he is then drawn into the fight; in an instant the man in the middle has become the man in a muddle and nothing at all has been achieved.’
      • ‘He was drawn into a street brawl that, for him, proved lethal.’
      • ‘If you are drawn into a commitment to how you will vote, you'll only be ratifying the corruption of the confirmation process.’
      • ‘With even individual users being drawn into lawsuits, the legal waters have become very choppy indeed.’
      • ‘By the way, if ever you're drawn into betting on the mee-pok man, here's a tip.’
      • ‘United manager Alex Smith was also drawn on the topic afterwards.’
      • ‘By giving us characters that we care for, we are genuinely drawn into the competition and acquire an interest you never would have thought possible.’
      • ‘It was then he was unwittingly drawn into one of the industry's most famous frauds, though he was entirely innocent.’
      • ‘He is drawn into the struggle after meeting Uva, an eco-warrior who becomes his lover and who also vanishes.’
      • ‘People are drawn into the debate for a variety of reasons.’
      • ‘Over the course of the week I spent with Marcon, I was drawn into the slavish drudge work that haute cuisine demands.’
      • ‘But instead, I was entirely drawn into the teenage drama happening next door.’
    3. 5.3Direct or attract (someone's attention) to something.
      ‘it was an outrage and we had to draw people's attention to it’
      ‘a bright red instantly draws the eye’
      • ‘I draw the Court's attention to the fact that the intent of this application was for the imprisonment of me, as the respondent to the application.’
      • ‘Attention was first drawn to the flat when workers in the bakery below reported a brownish-coloured fluid staining their walls on Tuesday.’
      • ‘Angelos caught her hand, which muted her thoughts and drew her attention instantly in alarm.’
      • ‘During argument, my attention has been drawn to certain decisions on the duty to give reasons in a planning context.’
      • ‘A great variety of attractive gifts drew everyone's attention for purchases at the cake stall, toys, raffles, bric-a-brac.’
      • ‘Of late, though, my attention has been drawn away by a new game, scheduled to be released early next year, called Freedom Force.’
      • ‘Not since the Getty Center has a new Los Angeles building attracted the attention drawn by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.’
      • ‘It glittered with the intensity of the sun, then brighter, drawing everyone's attention to her instead.’
      • ‘By the way, can I draw everyone's attention to my overuse of parentheses in the last paragraph?’
      • ‘Now our attention has been drawn to a magazine item, ominously headed ‘Coppergate row continues’.’
      • ‘But it is the idea of introducing new innovative transport schemes, such as a mass transit system, that will draw the most attention.’
      • ‘Both girls were chanting, causing more attention to be drawn to them as they drove along in the cherry red sports car.’
      • ‘Since attention has been drawn to dog fouling there has been no dog mess in the verge.’
      • ‘It drew the Government's attention to the economic benefits of giving the Western Bay the same priority as Auckland's urgent needs.’
      • ‘Though more public attention has been drawn to homeworkers, eight years later, their situations have barely improved.’
      • ‘When they finally came onstage, my attention immediately was drawn to their pants.’
      • ‘Perhaps then, attention should be drawn to the aspects that the team does have.’
      • ‘But what's drawn everyone's attention of course is the high, the highest tax rate.’
      • ‘In other words, their attention has been drawn to a stimulus, without any knowledge or appreciation of the significance of the stimulus.’
      • ‘But none of these accomplishments would draw the attention Birthday Letters did.’
    4. 5.4Reach (a conclusion) by deduction or inference from a set of circumstances.
      ‘the moral to be drawn is that spending wins votes’
      • ‘In the circumstances, a negative inference cannot be drawn against the Bank as a result of its failure to produce the transaction slips.’
      • ‘Now, it is our submission that the conclusion which the trial judge drew based upon those inferences was a proper one and well open to him in the circumstances.’
      • ‘I can see that there could be circumstances where one would draw that conclusion.’
      • ‘What conclusions could we draw under these circumstances?’
      • ‘I am wholly unable to draw any such inference or conclusion.’
      • ‘Putting it that way, of course, would have made it far more difficult to draw simplistic moral conclusions.’
      • ‘Firstly, there must have been some overt act by the land owner or some demonstrable circumstances from which the inference can be drawn that permission was in fact given.’
      • ‘This involves a consideration of the reasonableness of the inferences to be drawn from the circumstantial evidence.’
      • ‘Theres a moral or parable or some sort of conclusion to be drawn from that there…’
      • ‘Let me detail this a little, and then draw some broader conclusions at the end.’
      • ‘So Rushton's use of this data to draw the conclusions he reaches about hereditability is sound in my opinion.’
      • ‘It depends upon inferences to be drawn from various circumstances.’
      • ‘But the only moral conclusion we can draw from this is that we shouldn't be cloning humans yet.’
      • ‘That case which was Weisensteiner, the court said that in the circumstances of the case, an adverse inference should be drawn.’
      • ‘There is as much a need to remind the jury of the circumstances in which a proper inference may be drawn under section 34 as under section 35.’
      deduce, infer, conclude, derive, gather, glean
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    5. 5.5Formulate or perceive (a comparison or distinction)
      ‘the law drew a clear distinction between innocent and fraudulent misrepresentation’
      • ‘To make it clear, South Australia draws no such distinction.’
      • ‘I do not think there is any distinction to be drawn between these different categories (nursing care and child-minding).’
      • ‘For the writer, there's a fine distinction to be drawn between caption text and speech bubble.’
      • ‘The Court drew a somewhat uneasy distinction between documentary evidence and oral explanations.’
      • ‘A distinction might be drawn between a culture and a belief system (religious or otherwise).’
      • ‘Some Western leaders are drawing a sharper distinction in the debate of freedom of speech.’
      • ‘It's a fine distinction to be drawn, clearly - but we know that governments have more information than the general public.’
      • ‘A broad distinction may be drawn between interpretive and non-interpretive approaches to ethnographic inquiry.’
      • ‘The Court's opinion draws no such distinction.’
      • ‘In my view, the law draws a clear distinction between fiduciary duties and other duties that may be owed by a person in a fiduciary position.’
      • ‘A crucial distinction has been drawn between reproductive and therapeutic cloning.’
      • ‘However, William James also drew a further distinction which is not strongly represented in modern studies of attention.’
      • ‘It is too late to point all this out now that the distinction has been drawn.’
      • ‘The Committee supports the need for a distinction to be drawn between such party-political activities and other types of lobbying activity.’
      • ‘Third, if a distinction is to be drawn between the law as it applies to packaging and to advertisements, precisely where does one end and the other begin?’
      • ‘I can see the reasoning, but don't think it draws clear enough distinctions.’
      • ‘But there is a distinction to be drawn after you have proceedings on foot.’
      • ‘Current research also confirms that important distinctions are to be drawn among different suicide criteria.’
      • ‘A distinction can be drawn between ‘superstitions’ and other kinds of folklore belief.’
      • ‘No distinction will be drawn between the commercial and leisure sectors and the limits will apply to anyone who is flying or working with aircraft in their free time.’
  • 6Finish (a contest or game) with an even score.

    [with object and complement] ‘Brazil had drawn a stormy match 1–1’
    [no object, with complement] ‘they drew 0–0 in 1974’
    • ‘Yorkshire showed several changes from the side which drew their Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford last week.’
    • ‘After that game, the talk was about Nchelenge who out of their four preliminary games lost only one and drew three games against Sikalongo, Kasama and St Johns.’
    • ‘But he hung on, and drew the next 17 games before losing yet again in the 27th game.’
    • ‘Bucks are yet to win a game in six matches, having drawn three which takes their points tally to only three - a point above bottom of the log, Jomo Cosmos.’
    • ‘If the name of the game was to draw games Greengates would have won the league already.’
    • ‘He lost twice and drew three games to finish a distant 31st with 7.5 points.’
    • ‘Along the way they have won 29 and drawn one, scoring 193 goals and conceding just 34.’
    • ‘It was in Nancy that I had my biggest spat with a team-mate, who came on as substitute and twice got caught in possession so that we drew a game we had led 2-0.’
    • ‘Passage won five of the six games played and drew the other.’
    • ‘If you look at it, we have been 2-0 up in two or three games this season and we've thrown it away because teams have come back at us and they've either won or drawn the game.’
    • ‘Two other Zambians at the championship, Jere and Mwali drew their game after being matched together in the third round.’
    • ‘Albion Sports made it through to the last four of the West Riding County Sunday Cup but Queens Athletic will have to wait until the weekend after drawing their game.’
    • ‘But during a week of brilliant sunshine the Carlow Town lads also shone brightly as they went from strength to strength, winning six games, drawing one and losing one.’
    • ‘Simutowe lost his seventh game before drawing his eighth at the seven-round tournament where two extra rounds were added.’
    • ‘And to rub salt in the wound Rovers completed the job at the Reebok Stadium after drawing the first game at Prenton Park.’
    • ‘Sandeep seemed to be happy with the silver, after quickly drawing his final round game against compatriot K. Narayanan, who won the bronze with five points.’
    • ‘This looks like being a record season for games being drawn at halftime - I may well come back to revisit this subject in April or May when we'll know if the trend has continued.’
    • ‘Both had won five of their previous six games, drawing the other, but the Third Division side dominated possession for much of the match.’
    • ‘We drew the game 1-1, but they are an excellent footballing side and I'm not surprised to see them up near the top of the table.’
    • ‘Eagles, who last season grabbed most of the silverware on offer, won all their five games while Buffaloes and LCC won three and drew one game each.’
  • 7(in bowls) cause (a bowl) to travel in a curve determined by its bias to the desired point.

    1. 7.1Golf Hit (the ball) so that it deviates slightly, usually as a result of spin.
      ‘he had to learn to draw the ball—not least for the tee shots at Augusta’
      Compare with fade
      • ‘Even a slightly damp clubface hinders your ability to impart spin on the ball, reducing your ability to draw and fade the shot on command.’
      • ‘If you're doing the drill correctly, the ball should even draw slightly.’
      • ‘We went down to see him a couple of days later, and he basically taught me about drawing and cutting the ball.’
      • ‘If the lie angle is slightly upright, it might draw the ball a little, but the effect on ball flight is minimal.’
  • 8(of a ship) require (a specified depth of water) to float in.

    ‘boats that draw only a few inches of water’
    • ‘A Viking ship typically drew only about three feet of water and they were experts at sailing on rivers.’
    • ‘Vessels drawing 22.5 feet of water have also come direct to the quay.’
  • 9[no object] (of a sail) be filled with wind.

    ‘as the sail drew, he put the helm over to circle back’


  • 1An act of selecting names randomly to decide winners in a lottery, opponents in a sporting contest, etc.

    ‘the draw has been made for this year's tournament’
    • ‘He is also said to have thrown food at away fans, disrupted a lottery draw and had a tussle with Norwich City's director of football Brian Hamilton.’
    • ‘The two boys will now have their names entered into the draw for participation in the National Finals in Belfast in 2006.’
    • ‘The winners are to be selected by a draw of lots on Valentine's Day.’
    • ‘The winner will be the first entry selected after the draw closes at midnight.’
    • ‘The importance of sellers was emphasised when after the draw it was decided to distribute lots of five lottery tickets to all who had sold two cards or more.’
    • ‘This was followed by a random draw of names from the entire ship's company to work in that space.’
    • ‘For each number on the play coupon that matches the weekly draw, there is a prize to be won.’
    • ‘The draw to select the winning entries will take place on Friday, 23 January 2004’
    • ‘The heroines of the female sport came up with the most innovative fundraising idea of the year when they decided to hold a draw to see who would be their main sponsor.’
    • ‘Please enter your name for the draw which takes place on Thursday evening.’
    • ‘This league will consist of ten teams of three players per team with the team captain selected by the sponsor and the remaining two players selected in the draw.’
    • ‘I was told when the last fixtures were made it would be decided in a draw.’
    • ‘Olympic draws are made at random and the competition works on a knockout basis through to the gold medal bout.’
    • ‘The names of all students were entered in a draw and one name was drawn for every $100 donation, says Gallo.’
    • ‘‘I'm happy to have got the win and got our names in the draw,’ said coach Gary Moorby after the victory.’
    • ‘Two more weeks remain in this league followed by a fun bowling Friday at which time new team members are selected by a blind draw.’
    • ‘With every purchase of the calendar, buyers can submit their names for a monthly draw.’
    • ‘There were 19 names in the draw and the lucky winner was Mariel Campion, Ballyhemmon.’
    • ‘By May 30, the commission will hold a draw to decide the order in which parties will be listed on the ballot.’
    • ‘The random draw from November 25 will be closely monitored by the auditing firm Deloitte and Touche.’
    raffle, lottery, sweepstake, sweep, tombola, ballot
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  • 2An even score at the conclusion of a game or match.

    ‘he scored twice to force a 4–4 draw’
    • ‘The under-12s girls team had an extended programme and ended their marathon with five wins and a draw from their six matches.’
    • ‘The second team does not wilt and also puts up a big score… and the match is a draw anyway.’
    • ‘This season the Berkshire club have lost only four times in 21 games, with seven wins and three draws from 13 league matches.’
    • ‘A short-rising ball from Farmer was unplayable by the batsman and the match ended as a draw with the scores tied.’
    • ‘When enough people on both sides have made enough mistakes the game is over, except that this is England so it's probably started raining by then and the game is therefore a draw.’
    • ‘Stamford Bridge missed the chance to go second as they were held to a scoreless draw by Fulford United in an even game spoilt by the wind and a bumpy pitch.’
    • ‘They beat Newcastle United in a replay at Old Trafford after the first match between the two teams ended in a scoreless draw at Crystal Palace.’
    • ‘Both boys hoped for victory, but the match was a draw and they settled for an ice cream and chocolate instead.’
    • ‘An inspired batting display by South Nutfield was not enough to defeat North Holmwood on Saturday, as the match ended in a draw.’
    • ‘There was a goalless draw and the match gave die-hard fans who had come to see the stars quite a few moments to cherish.’
    • ‘The game looked set to end in a draw as the match ticked over into time added on.’
    • ‘In the rain, they could not restore their composure and the match drifted to a draw.’
    • ‘They won all their games in the final round of matches to finish the campaign with 16 wins and two draws from their 18 matches to finish eight points clear.’
    • ‘Would you believe it, the match was declared a draw?’
    • ‘In the series City have won 26 times with 12 draws and scored 91 goals to 41.’
    • ‘But despite his efforts, it's not enough: the points are still even and the match is a draw.’
    • ‘They will probably be joined by Schalke who have two victories and two draws from their five games to date.’
    • ‘I divided them into three groups and told one group that one team would win, one group that the other team would win, and the third group that the match would be a draw.’
    • ‘After a great match a draw was probably a fair result in the end.’
    • ‘We always feel we're able to win, but we end every match in a draw.’
    tie, dead heat, stalemate
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    1. 2.1Cricket A game which is left incomplete for lack of time, regardless of the scores.
      Compare with tie
      • ‘Four out of the six games have been draws and the pitch has become great to bat on even on the fifth day, as we saw a couple of years ago when New Zealand were here.’
      • ‘Pakistan needed to take ten wickets while India needed to make 358 runs on the final day to win or play out six hours to ensure that the game ended in a draw.’
      • ‘By this time, the game was certain to be a draw, with only four sessions of play left.’
      • ‘Was the Indian camp happy with batting out for a draw?’
      • ‘The important thing would be to reward those who play positive cricket, so that even in games which were likely to produce a draw, both sides would be forced to attack with bat and ball.’
  • 3A person or thing that is very attractive or interesting.

    ‘the museum has turned out to be a big draw for school children in the city’
    • ‘No, not a state where everything is free, although that would surely be a powerful draw to citizens of the other 49.’
    • ‘One of the bigger draws, for me, is the character of Canon Black.’
    • ‘Handicrafts and handlooms exhibitions are always a big draw.’
    • ‘There were good entries in all sections but it was the equine classes which proved to be the biggest draw with competitors up by 50%.’
    • ‘All of these hallmarks of the American dream are a powerful draw.’
    • ‘An exhibition of geological data and samples organised at the Museum auditorium has turned out to be a big draw for school children in the city.’
    • ‘Celtic are a famous club and will be an attractive draw for our fans.’
    • ‘Promising to be the big draw of the festival, it features an intricate weaving of different conversations taking place in a city.’
    • ‘This was one of the biggest draws at of Lollapalooza.’
    • ‘To say that fantasy movies have not been a big draw at the box office is to understate the matter.’
    • ‘Having spent years working and living in London and across Eastern Europe, the solitude and beauty of the landscape offered a powerful draw.’
    • ‘At a time when anti-corporate documentaries are big box office draws maybe it is unnecessary to wrap a political message in old clothes.’
    • ‘Those things are all big draws and I appreciate them immensely.’
    • ‘The puffins are the biggest draw but a vast array of other seabirds including tens of thousands of guillemots and razorbills are there during the spring and summer.’
    • ‘Documentaries aren't as big a draw as feature films or made-for-TV movies.’
    • ‘The skill and fitness levels have gone up many notches and very impressive attendances now pay into the finals, so the occasions are big draws with plenty of hype.’
    • ‘Luck of the Irish perhaps, but it is a powerful draw.’
    • ‘Books on self-improvement have been a big draw at book fairs.’
    • ‘The dump is a big draw to gulls and crows and I'm sure I'll see something good in the gull department.’
    • ‘Although the movie will screen out of competition at Cannes, it's bound to be one of the biggest draws of the festival, partly because of the innate Frenchness of the story.’
    attraction, lure, allure, pull, appeal, glamour, allurement, enticement, temptation, bewitchment, enchantment, charm, seduction, persuasion, fascination, magnetism
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  • 4An act of drawing on a cigarette.

    ‘she took a long draw on her cigarette’
    • ‘He took a deep draw at his cigarette, trying to calm his nerves.’
    • ‘Roy looked at the man curiously, making his way over to him as Vincent took another draw from the cigarette.’
    • ‘More and more, she sounds like she took one draw too many!’
    • ‘After taking a long draw from the cigarette he removed it from his lips and exhaled a cloud of smoke that wafted away in the wind.’
    • ‘Leo was shaking his head and taking long draws from his cigarette.’
    • ‘I don't think its fair that smokers have to huddle outside in the winter to grab a quick draw, but then again smoker's breaks always seem to be an extra perk on top of their tea breaks.’
    • ‘She takes a hand-rolled cigarette from Travolta and has several draws.’
    • ‘She took a long draw from the cigarette between her fingers and savored the smoke a moment before letting it from her lungs.’
    1. 4.1British informal [mass noun]Cannabis.
      ‘they're dropping Es and smoking draw’
      • ‘I will walk until someone stops me, to ask me the time, ask me for a light, ask me if I've got any draw.’
      • ‘He has no immediate ambitions beyond smoking his beloved draw.’
  • 5An act of pulling a gun from its holster in order to shoot.

    ‘he went for the quick draw and levelled a long-barrelled pistol at all of us’
    • ‘It's because when I was working with the police, that was a - what I call a quick draw, just like that.’
    • ‘But you can get a full hand grip with the gun entirely in the holster so the draw is smooth and virtually effortless.’
    • ‘It doesn't know about quick draws, ropes or stoned partners.’
    • ‘The K339 is an adjustable tension holster with a straight-up draw that provides fast access to a firearm.’
    • ‘He does not say why he spun toward Bauthues, his hand flashing upward like the quick draw of a pistol.’
    • ‘His draw was so maniacally quick that he actually eliminated his targets before they could completely come into view.’
    • ‘It can also make your draw from holster or pocket a little more difficult as fabric tends to cling to the rubber stocks.’
    • ‘A post or an undercut front sight may snag on the bottom of the holster loop during your draw.’
  • 6Golf
    A shot causing the ball to deviate slightly.

    ‘most high handicappers would benefit from a controlled draw’
    • ‘Though this drill is normally used to help cure the slice swing of a beginner, it can help a good player make the switch from fading the ball to hitting a draw.’
    • ‘Practice a variety of shots on the range - knock-downs, high shots, fades, draws, sand shots, etc.’
    • ‘Ideally, the grip you feel now should produce a straight shot or slight draw.’
    • ‘In effect, this closes the clubface slightly and allows you to hit straight shots or draws.’
    • ‘But after just a couple of swings, I started nailing the ball with a high draw.’


On the confusion of draw and drawer, see drawer


  • draw a bead on

  • draw a blank

    • Elicit no successful response; fail.

      ‘the search drew a blank’
      • ‘Detectives initially drew a blank as no one of that name was registered missing.’
      • ‘By Saturday, the negotiators working ahead of Wednesday's summit had drawn a blank: there will be nothing beyond a statement of broad principles.’
      • ‘The inspector said today that conventional methods of identification, including DNA and fingerprinting, had drawn a blank.’
      • ‘As their searches drew a blank, fears grew that she had been abducted, or even run away from the school party.’
      • ‘The journalist drew a blank when he tried to find out more from villagers.’
      • ‘Police investigations at the time drew a blank, and no firm reason could be found for his disappearance.’
      • ‘Inquires made by the administrative officer on my behalf have drawn a blank.’
      • ‘As if out of habit, he went online and entered the words in the search engine, but drew a blank.’
      • ‘Many searches ultimately draw a blank, but people do turn up on occasion.’
      • ‘Within days of his death, they went to the home of his widow and daughters to conduct an early-morning search, but drew a blank.’
  • draw blood

    • Cause someone to bleed, especially in the course of a fight.

      ‘the blow drew blood from the corner of his mouth’
      • ‘When at last the fish appeared, its scales seemed rough as alligator hide. The gill covers were hard as bone, the smooth curves of their sides met in a point that drew blood from a hurried finger as I unhooked him.’
      • ‘Obsessed with southern gothic, he wrote songs in which the six-gun in his hand went crazy, his crown of thorns drew blood and Mary's cold bones were dragged through the swamp to the hell-mouth.’
      • ‘This time, her blow drew blood from the monster.’
      • ‘The bat drew blood, he said, but the bite was quick and small, so Jeanna thought she had just been scratched.’
      • ‘Of course since I was stitching after so long I drew blood and then I realized that I had forgotten all about the thimble once again.’
      • ‘But I think they were really disappointed that nobody drew blood.’
      • ‘They never go down without a fight and today, at last, they drew blood.’
      • ‘But nobody would really want to fight if a vampire draws blood with no malice.’
      • ‘On a bad day, Barney might get into a fight with another dog, growling and scratching and fighting and trying to draw blood.’
      • ‘Others were as coarse as sandpaper, and while they stayed knotted you usually drew blood when you tied one on.’
  • draw someone's fire

    • Attract hostile criticism away from a more important target.

      ‘the concession will go some way to draw the fire of the government's critics’
      • ‘Three more ninjas attack Chuck War, drawing his fire away from Battle Armor Bob.’
      • ‘We need to draw their fire away so that one of us can at least take one of them out!’
      • ‘The comments regarding the subordination of women in First Corinthians, Ephesians and Timothy were points which easily drew my fire.’
      • ‘Word is they know our plans and the General has a gambit to draw their fire before they can use that knowledge against us.’
      • ‘Jewel then charges alongside the buffet, finally attracting the soldiers' attention and drawing their fire.’
      • ‘She's going to try to draw their fire, make them think all of us are over there, so we should be fine here for the time being.’
      • ‘We will draw their fire, and you can follow us at your will.’
      • ‘I'll rush out of the building, and draw their fire…’
      • ‘Inside he can see Mai continually drawing his fire.’
      • ‘If he's not, the fighters need to charge in and draw his fire.’
  • draw lots

    • see lot
      decide randomly, spin a coin, toss a coin, throw dice, draw straws, cut straws, decide on the toss of a coin, decide on the throw of a die, dice, decide on the drawing of straws
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  • draw the short straw

    • Be the unluckiest of a group of people, especially in being chosen to perform an unpleasant task.

      • ‘He drew the short straw when we ran out of room in the shelter).’
      • ‘Obviously, someone had to draw the short straw.’
      • ‘I think he drew the short straw in the Labour Cabinet.’
      • ‘My department drew the short straw on re-location and from tomorrow we get to work in Earlsfield in the London borough of Wandsworth for seven weeks.’
      • ‘I drew the short straw which meant that my room became the guest room, complete with a newly inflated queen size bed.’
      • ‘With paper for books and magazines in short supply, writers in particular drew the short straw.’
      • ‘I refuse to believe that I drew the short straw.’
      • ‘The captain's 17-year-old cousin drew the short straw.’
      • ‘Limerick drew the short straw, now having to travel to Glasnevin to play a St Vincent's side that has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent weeks.’
      • ‘Those teams who drew the short straw and got the 8.30 am start really feel the impact of their night-time activities.’
  • draw stumps

    • Take the stumps out of the ground at close of play.

      ‘I drew stumps swearing to myself I'd never umpire again’
      • ‘‘His owner was thinking about retirement anyway, and this could give him the excuse to draw stumps,’ trainer Mark Johnston told Racing Post.’
      • ‘So that it is not a case of, at least at the moment, my seeing it as one where you have to draw stumps, go away and start again in the Federal Court.’
  • quick on the draw

    • 1Very fast in taking one's gun from its holster.

      • ‘The worst corporate bandits are still likely to face a sheriff who's quick on the draw.’
      • ‘Trench, ever quick on the draw, drew a shotgun out of his trench-coat and quickly pointed it at the abomination in their midst.’
      • ‘The tourists who lost their lives were just two in thousands; the policeman, a bit quick on the draw, no doubt and on the trigger too, was acting in defense of his own daughter and over-reacted, but can he really be blamed?’
      1. 1.1Very fast in acting or reacting.
        • ‘The local sheriff's office was not exactly quick on the draw and so nothing was done.’
        • ‘Whether a suitable retort from a Scottish nationalist would be the nodding of his head, or whether he would be quicker on the draw with two fingers might be a moot point.’
        • ‘Eddie's hip, raw, and quick on the draw in his routine, meshing together the best of real life and news into a topical and funny performance.’
        • ‘He obviously learned from past mistakes when he was too quick on the draw in dismissing three former senators.’
        • ‘He is friendly, enthusiastic and extremely quick on the draw, with a deep, booming voice.’
        • ‘I'm surprised the conclusion was not that docs should be quicker on the draw so there would be no time for second thoughts.’
        • ‘Experience and necessity - so many books, so little time - have made Ms. Hensley quick on the draw.’
        • ‘You've got to be very quick on the draw, because a horse can stumble leaving the gate, and you got plan A. All of a sudden, because of the break or the bad break, you have to go to plan B, and you've got to be able to adjust very quickly.’
        • ‘If that is so, let's hope that the Western world is quicker on the draw than North Korea or Iran.’
        • ‘Many denunciations were defensive; there was a feeling that one had to be quick on the draw to survive.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • draw back

    • Choose not to do something that one was expected to do.

      ‘the government has drawn back from attempting reform’
      • ‘The source also signalled that the party was drawing back on its old commitment to abolish Yorkshire Forward and other English regional development agencies set up by Mr Prescott.’
      • ‘Both companies looked at floating two years ago but drew back in the face of falling share prices.’
      • ‘I will draw back from recording a death from natural causes and record an open verdict.’
      • ‘It is good that he tends to draw back in the end, but it would be even better if he didn't pander to his readers' prejudices in the first place.’
      • ‘I've been planning it, then drawing back from it, getting excited, then getting cold feet, but I finally handed in my resignation at work yesterday.’
      • ‘He seems to be drawing back from intervention, with some in his administration allegedly questioning whether the USA should be involved at all.’
      • ‘But it is time now to draw back from treating him as a public spectacle and let him fight his demons out of the public eye.’
      • ‘The genial married priest, who has six children, draws back from calling the people of the area pagans and denies he came from Uganda to convert.’
      • ‘It draws back from the frenzied pursuit of marketing novelties and technological turnover and assumes the measured pace of humane and sustainable values.’
      • ‘The danger comes from the fact that it has been easy to intervene; to draw back once an intervention has been proven foolish is much more difficult.’
      withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
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  • draw something down

    • 1Reduce the size of a military force in an area.

      ‘more had to be done before the US could begin to draw down its forces in any significant number’
      ‘we need to start letting them stand on their own feet, and that isn't going to happen until we start drawing down’
      • ‘Before the war they expected to draw down troop levels to around 30,000 by now.’
      • ‘When is the U.S. military going to be able to begin drawing down its forces and bringing them home?’
      • ‘There are good reasons to fund the country's experiment in democracy, even as the U.S. draws down its military forces there.’
      • ‘Unless there is a political resolution of the problem, as American forces draw down, the pot could well start to bubble up again.’
      • ‘We are going to devote more and more troops to getting their security forces "trained and ready", such that we can draw down our forces and hand over the country.’
      • ‘As the United States military involvement here draws down, so, too, does their influence.’
      • ‘He has announced he will start drawing down the 3,000 Italian troops in September.’
      • ‘The United States has several time tables to draw down troop strength.’
      • ‘If we draw down, do you promise to keep the peace?’
      • ‘We want to draw down our forces, but the President is prepared to tough this one out.’
      • ‘Of course, it should be remembered that the Pentagon has wanted to draw down its troop numbers radically in the past.’
      • ‘So, you expect that things will be stable, if we draw down.’
      • ‘The administration has little choice but to start drawing down troop strength, starting next spring.’
      • ‘The British were already planning to draw down their troops from 9,000 to 2,000 in the next nine months.’
      • ‘It is an odd army that responds to attack by drawing down its forces, but that is exactly what has been happening.’
      • ‘The flag of 20 Armoured Brigade will be lowered as British combat patrols come to an end and our armed forces prepare to draw down.’
      • ‘Hungary has already decamped, and Holland, the Ukraine, Poland and others are drawing down their troops or leaving altogether.’
      • ‘The military is forcing them to draw down, and they probably will for practical and domestic political reasons.’
      • ‘This has nothing to do with drawing down the American military presence overall in that part of the world, does it?’
      • ‘Would it have made a difference if the UN had stayed longer, if we had not drawn down our forces too quickly?’
      1. 1.1Withdraw money from a fund or loan facility.
        ‘I'm not actually going to be drawing down any of the loan until early 1999’
        ‘she would have to draw down on her $253,000 investments at a rate of 7.2 per cent’
        • ‘As domestic savings have been drawn down to virtually nothing, the US has looked abroad for capital.’
        • ‘With his wife still working, the husband shouldn't have to draw down all his retirement stash.’
        • ‘You can still take the traditional route and, having drawn down your 25 per cent tax free lump sum, simply invest in an annuity.’
        • ‘As a single guy, he was able to live frugally, drawing down his personal savings to fund the necessities: rent on a small one-bedroom apartment, groceries, electricity.’
        • ‘Your rate will be fixed on the day that your mortgage is drawn down.’
        • ‘Once approved you must then ensure that you draw down the grant at the earliest possible opportunity.’
        • ‘An aging population meant fewer workers were paying into the system, while more elderly people were drawing down pensions.’
        • ‘Some 70 million baby boomers will soon draw down trillions in government payments.’
        • ‘The retirement of the baby boom generation is closer - we will soon be drawing down those surpluses in Social Security and Medicare.’
        • ‘You can't draw down 18% a year from your investment account and expect it to last.’
        • ‘Despite pessimists' fears, the U.S. is not drawing down national wealth to pay for imports.’
        • ‘Each policy remains in force until it is drawn down at retirement age.’
        • ‘What's more, you can draw down your pension in stages, allowing it to start small and build up over time.’
        • ‘States have resorted to every available measure to cover their expenses, including tax increases, service cuts, and drawing down reserves.’
        • ‘Not only are the gains and income of a pension fund untaxed until drawn down, contributions to the fund are also tax-deductible.’
        • ‘With most personal loans, you make your first repayment one month after you draw down your loan.’
        • ‘The company has drawn down $5.3 billion of its $7 billion bank credit line.’
        • ‘In some industrial and construction loans the amount lent may be drawn down by the borrower in instalments within an agreed period.’
        • ‘If a first-time buyer is having great difficulty saving the 10 per cent deposit that is required to draw down a mortgage, one option to consider is a 95 per cent loan.’
        • ‘Upon retirement, an individual is entitled to draw down 25 per cent of the value of the trust fund without incurring a tax charge.’
      2. 1.2Withdraw water, oil, or gas from a reservoir or repository.
        ‘the state began drawing down some of its stored water’
        • ‘This enormous demand must of course draw down the water on that short line of canal, render it shallow, and its navigation impracticable.’
        • ‘California has already surpassed its water allotment and has begun drawing down water levels from reservoirs along the river.’
        • ‘The only reason we can get away with our impact on the planet is there are still stocks of forests, fish, soils and water to draw down.’
        • ‘Our state's reservoirs and soil profiles were drawn down this summer.’
        • ‘Adding to this gloomy scenario is the fact that reservoirs in northeastern Colorado have been drawn down substantially.’
        • ‘Most notably, recent complex maneuverings to help California find more water mean that the reservoirs behind the river's dams have been drawn down under a revised definition of "surplus criteria."’
        • ‘We have to be careful about drawing down resources, processing, using, and recycling them.’
        • ‘They do not draw down water levels in the stream significantly within a single growing season.’
        • ‘Geologist David Bainbridge of Alliant International University also points out that there are scant few penalties against users who draw down water tables or deplete aquifers.’
        • ‘Making matters worse for jittery oil traders is the growing suspicion that the major oil fields are being drawn down prematurely by secondary extraction techniques, like water injection.’
        • ‘The world is drawing down its oil reserves at an unprecedented rate.’
        • ‘Oil consumption by modern industrial society will draw down current and potential supplies in a predictable way.’
        • ‘A growing population means more wells drawing down water supplies.’
        • ‘Fossil fuel is a finite energy source, and we are perilously close to drawing down all known oil and gas reserves to the point that production can no longer meet demand.’
  • draw in

    • 1(of successive days) become shorter because of the changing seasons.

      1. 1.1(of a day) approach its end.
        • ‘As the night draws in my friend embraces me with cool arms.’
      2. 1.2(of successive evenings or nights) start earlier because of the changing seasons.
        ‘the nights were drawing in fast’
        • ‘Winter accidents involving cycles peak in the darkest months as the nights draw in, especially in December and even more so January, when they reach their highest levels.’
        • ‘With the nights drawing in, overground railway stations in south-east London (the land the underground map forgot) have become a popular location for the streetwise mugger.’
        • ‘Halloween or not, most horror directors prefer an autumn setting - nights drawing in, foggy weather, leaves on the ground - so there's really no other time to watch them.’
        • ‘With winter well and thoroughly upon us and the long nights drawing in, you could be sure that Pantomime season was not very far away.’
        • ‘But he warned that motorists parking in residential streets were also vulnerable as the winter evenings draw in and criminals look to operate under the cover of darkness.’
        • ‘Post June the 22nd means that the nights start drawing in - it's down hill all the way until those damp, dreary days of darkest December, when the Winter Solstice is reached.’
        • ‘No doubt others will be there on the night of June 21, the shortest night of the year, to welcome in the second half of the year and the fact that the nights will soon start drawing in again - God forbid!’
        • ‘Now that nights are drawing in it's understandable people will feel sadder.’
        • ‘Stewart said: ‘With the evenings drawing in and the weather turning cold, young people need somewhere warm and safe where they can relax.’’
        • ‘So the summer is over, the kids are back at school, the evenings drawing in.’
  • draw on

    • (of a period of time) pass by and approach its end.

      ‘he remembered sitting in silence with his grandmother as evening drew on’
      • ‘She said research had shown that evenings were an area of weakness in York's tourism industry, with streets that were packed by day becoming empty as evening drew on.’
      • ‘As the evening draws on, the place becomes a pulsating, frenzied dance area, with everyone shaking their carefully honed south beach tush.’
      • ‘Evening was drawing on and we were nearing the twilight zone, the night sacred to Shiva, between the waxing and waning moons, when time is arrested between past and future, when the mind is suspended in no-man's-land.’
      • ‘The evening drew on, the bats came out, and when the light faded to the point where I couldn't read another word, we repaired to the kitchen where I snapped on the lights.’
      • ‘The afternoon came and went; night drew on; few cars passed; none stopped.’
  • draw something on

    • Put an item of clothing on.

      ‘he drew on his dressing gown’
  • draw out

    • (of successive days) become longer because of the changing seasons.

      ‘she talked about the snowdrops and how the days were beginning to draw out’
  • draw someone out

    • Gently or subtly persuade someone to talk or become more expansive.

      ‘she drew me out and flattered me’
      • ‘We always have a problem drawing him out, but we keep inviting him back.’
      • ‘I don't think there was any problem in drawing Kirk out about any of his dalliances, his affairs.’
      • ‘Delia's final summary: ‘The sessions have been very motivating and positive and Susan and I were on the same wavelength; she made me relaxed and drew me out well.’’
      • ‘But Hill drew him out, helped him clarify his clichés and energise his anecdotes.’
      • ‘The real question is, what will happen if Paul Bremer draws him out on his approach to democracy?’
      • ‘Millar draws him out on the concept of reconciliation.’
      • ‘And during that time, Bhima transforms Tim's life, drawing him out, teaching him to be a father.’
      • ‘‘Mary has been very good with her, drawing her out of herself and making sure she doesn't just hide away in the bedroom,’ she said.’
      • ‘If he said exactly the same thing in a dozen interviews, it was an indication that reporters were all asking the same questions, and then not drawing him out enough.’
      • ‘She could never, however, draw Gonzales out on what Juan's secret occupation was.’
      encourage someone to talk, get someone to talk, persuade someone to talk, put someone at their ease
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  • draw something out

    • Make something last longer.

      ‘the transition was long and drawn out’
      • ‘The account of a Christmas dinner chez Bucks, for example, is brilliantly executed but the agony is drawn out until it's unbearable, until you're made to feel unwelcome.’
      • ‘With a blatancy typical of the man, it takes a 27-bar ‘matrix’ for violins and woodwind and draws it out, seamlessly, virtuosically, for nearly half an hour.’
      • ‘It may not prove possible to reach agreement by the close of the meeting, in which case negotiations could be drawn out until next spring.’
      • ‘Thats what's bad, you know she's gonna do it, and it draws it out, that was a real ‘watch through the fingers’ moment, more due to the anticipation than else.’
      • ‘Far too many shots are drawn out too lengthily and his selection of long shot vs. medium shot vs. close-up is questionable.’
      • ‘With only three songs under 4: 30, the ten tracks are drawn out.’
      • ‘And, like the pretty girl trying to decide who to go to the Prom with, he is drawing his decision out.’
      • ‘With each retelling, he draws the silences out a little further and intones each word more forcefully.’
      • ‘You didn't just let go of her hand either mate, you drew it out as though you were being pulled away from the love of your life.’
      • ‘His presentation was too complicated, his menus were drawn out and his plate composition was fussy.’
      prolong, protract, drag out, stretch out, spin out, string out, make something go on and on, extend, extend the duration of, lengthen, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continue
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  • draw up

    • Come to a halt.

      ‘drivers drew up at the lights’
      • ‘As he approached Ashdon Way in Basildon he drew up at a bus stop where he saw a young man.’
      • ‘The man drew up close to her while both were riding in the same direction, and reached out and touched her inappropriately.’
      • ‘They stood together and waved to everyone on departure and then parted, only coming together as they drew up to Richmond.’
      • ‘Upon their return they were marched along Broughton Road and drew up outside the Town Hall before being dismissed.’
      • ‘They turned into the gravelled main street and drew up at the petrol pumps.’
      • ‘Indeed, the bus drew up to my alighting stop when I was just ten metres from it.’
      • ‘As you drew up in front of the palace, at a sign from the major domo, the band would play God Save the Nizam and God Save the King Emperor.’
      • ‘A few hours later, just as Bob and his family were coming home from the cinema, Granny's taxi drew up outside the house.’
      • ‘As we taxied to a halt, a car drew up to the plane's steps to take us home through mundane rush-hour traffic.’
      • ‘The driver had approached Bob after they drew up at traffic lights on Broadway, Chadderton.’
      stop, pull up, come to a halt, come to a stop, halt, come to a standstill, brake, park, arrive
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  • draw something up

    • Prepare a plan, agreement, or other document in detail.

      ‘they instructed an attorney to draw up a sales agreement’
      • ‘Detailed plans will be drawn up and people will be given a chance to comment before the area committee gives the final go-ahead.’
      • ‘‘Open and constructive discussions have already been held with our colleagues in Leeds about this scheme, and these will continue as more detailed plans are drawn up,’ he said.’
      • ‘Infuriatingly, they won't give any indication as to whether a plan will be approved until it has been drawn up in full detail, which means spending thousands on drawings that will probably be binned.’
      • ‘Detailed plans will be drawn up over the next few months after people are consulted on what they would like to see in the building.’
      • ‘Detailed plans will be drawn up for the introduction of coaching for non golfers and it is hoped to introduce the scheme through the primary schools both North and South during the next school year.’
      • ‘But if the proposal went down well, more detailed plans could be drawn up and applications for lottery and other funding begun.’
      • ‘But under new planning legislation consultation with the public now begins at an earlier stage before the draft plan has been drawn up.’
      • ‘Although the original document was drawn up more than 200 years ago, it still provides the basic rules and establishes the basic institutional structures through which politics is practised.’
      • ‘It can't be beyond the wit of those concerned to arrive at a point where Connecting the City is underway and the demolition and clearance are in progress while new detailed plans are drawn up that will keep everybody happy.’
      • ‘This has been mentioned previously and although a draft agreement was drawn up, it was not signed by the Trust.’
      compose, formulate, frame, write out, write down, put in writing, draft, prepare, think up, devise, work out, map out, plan, conceive, create, invent, originate, coin, design
      arrange, marshal, muster, assemble, group, order, range, rank, line up, parade, place, dispose, position, put into position, set out, array, set forth
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  • draw oneself up

    • Make oneself stand in a stiffly upright manner.

      ‘Sarah drew herself up, full of indignation that he should presume to judge her’
      • ‘And the woman draws herself up and delivers a stirring dialogue on her right to stay there and earn an honest living.’
      • ‘George's eyes grew very upset and he drew himself up stiffly.’
      • ‘He grabbed her by the hair and started to drag her away, but I stood up, drawing myself up to my full height.’
      • ‘And then I self-consciously drew myself up and stood, a little embarrassed at being in a compromising position.’
      • ‘She drew herself up into a deeply sullen huff of feline dignity and took herself off to the farthest corner of the patio.’
      • ‘He stood up slowly, drawing himself up to his full and dignified height.’
      • ‘Not being accustomed to being given that sort of look by a public servant, I drew myself up to my full height.’
      • ‘The prince drew himself up, nostrils flaring as if he was going to say something.’
      • ‘When I say I will, she draws herself up, full of dignity and straight as the stick she is carrying.’
      • ‘He self-consciously drew himself up, and went out to stand in the entrance way.’


Old English dragan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dragen and German tragen, also to draught.