Definition of draw something out in English:

draw something out

phrasal verb

  • Make something last longer.

    ‘the transition was long and drawn out’
    • ‘With only three songs under 4: 30, the ten tracks are drawn out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With each retelling, he draws the silences out a little further and intones each word more forcefully.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, like the pretty girl trying to decide who to go to the Prom with, he is drawing his decision out.’
    • ‘Far too many shots are drawn out too lengthily and his selection of long shot vs. medium shot vs. close-up is questionable.’
    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
    View synonyms