Definitions for DRAWdrɔ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

drawdrɔ(v.; n.)drew, drawn, draw•ing

  1. (v.t.)to cause to move in a particular direction by or as if by a pulling force; pull; drag (often fol. by along, away, in, out, or off).

  2. to pull down or over so as to cover, or to pull up or aside so as to uncover:

    Draw the curtain. He drew the blanket over him.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. to bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source:

    to draw water from a well; to draw blood from a vein.

  4. to bring toward oneself or itself, as by inherent force; attract:

    The sale drew large crowds.

  5. to sketch, render, or trace (figures or objects), as with lines or tones:

    to draw a vase with charcoal.

  6. to compose or create (a picture) with lines, tones, or color.

    Category: Fine Arts

  7. to depict or delineate, as with words:

    to draw a character with skill and humor.

  8. to mark or lay out; trace:

    to draw perpendicular lines.

  9. to frame or formulate:

    to draw a distinction.

  10. to write out in legal form (sometimes fol. by up):

    Draw up the contract.

  11. to inhale or suck in:

    to draw liquid through a straw.

  12. to derive or use:

    to draw strength from prayer.

  13. to deduce; infer:

    to draw a conclusion.

  14. to get, take, or receive:

    to draw a salary of $600 a week.

  15. to withdraw (funds) from an account.

    Category: Business

  16. to write (a check) so as to take money from an account (often fol. by on or against).

    Category: Business

  17. to produce; bring in:

    The deposits draw interest.

  18. to disembowel:

    to draw a turkey.

  19. to pull out to full or greater length; stretch:

    to draw filaments of molten glass.

  20. to bend by pulling back the string in preparation for shooting an arrow:

    to draw a bow

    Category: Sport

  21. to choose or have assigned to one by or as if by lottery: to pick unseen or at random, as from among marked slips of paper or numbered tickets:

    to draw kitchen duty.

    to draw straws to see who wins.

  22. Metalworking. to form or reduce the sectional area of (a wire, tube, etc.) by pulling through a die.

    Category: Metallurgy

  23. to wrinkle or shrink by contraction.

  24. Med. to cause to discharge:

    to draw an abscess by a poultice.

    Category: Medicine

  25. (of a vessel) to need (a specific depth of water) to float.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  26. to finish (a contest) with neither side winning; tie.

    Category: Sport, Games

  27. to take or be dealt (a playing card or cards) from the pack. (in bridge) to remove the outstanding cards in (a suit) by leading.

    Category: Games

  28. (in billiards) to cause (a cue ball) to recoil after impact by administering a backward spin on the stroke.

    Category: Sport, Games

  29. to steep (tea) in boiling water.

  30. (v.i.)to exert a pulling, moving, or attracting force.

  31. to move or pass, esp. slowly or continuously, as under a pulling force:

    The day draws near.

  32. to take out a sword, pistol, etc., for action.

  33. to hold a drawing, lottery, or the like:

    to draw for prizes.

  34. to sketch or to trace figures; create a picture or depict an image by drawing.

    Category: Fine Arts

  35. to be skilled in or practice the art of drawing.

    Category: Fine Arts

  36. to shrink or contract (often fol. by up).

  37. to make a demand (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    to draw on one's imagination.

  38. to act as an irritant; cause blisters. to cause blood, pus, or the like to gather at a specific point.

    Category: Medicine

  39. to produce or permit a draft, as a flue.

  40. to leave a contest undecided; tie.

  41. to attract customers, an audience, etc.

  42. to pull back the string of a bow in preparation for shooting an arrow.

  43. draw away, to move away. to move farther ahead:

    One runner drew away from the pack.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  44. draw in, to cause to take part or enter, esp. unwittingly: to make a sketch or drawing of:

    This is your fight; don't draw me in.

    to draw in a human figure against the landscape.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  45. draw off, to move back or away.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  46. draw on, to come nearer; approach: to clothe oneself in: to utilize or make use of, esp. as a source:

    Winter was drawing on.

    to draw on one's gloves.

    The article draws heavily on gossip.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  47. draw out, to pull out; remove. to prolong. to persuade to speak. to take (money) from a place of deposit.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  48. draw up, to draft, esp. in legal form or as a formal proposal. to put into position; arrange in order or formation. to bring or come to a stop; halt:

    The bus drew up at the curb.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  49. (n.)an act of drawing.

  50. something that attracts customers, an audience, etc.

  51. something that is moved by being drawn, as the movable part of a drawbridge.

  52. something that is chosen or drawn at random, as a lot or chance.

  53. Ref: drawing (defs. 7, 8). 5 6

  54. a contest that ends in a tie.

  55. Category: Sport

    Ref: Also called draw play.

  56. (in poker) a card or cards taken or dealt from the pack.

    Category: Games

    Ref: draw poker.

  57. a small, natural drainageway with a shallow bed; gully. the dry bed of a stream. Chiefly Western U.S. a coulee; ravine.

    Category: Geography (terms), Dialect

  58. the pull necessary to draw a bow to its full extent.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for draw:

  1. beat to the draw,to react more quickly than (an opponent).

    Category: Idiom

  2. draw oneself up,to assume an erect posture.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of draw:

bef. 900; OE dragan; c. ON draga to draw, OHG tragan to carry; cf. drag

Princeton's WordNet

  1. draw(noun)

    a gully that is shallower than a ravine

  2. drawing card, draw, attraction, attractor, attracter(noun)

    an entertainer who attracts large audiences

    "he was the biggest drawing card they had"

  3. draw, standoff, tie(noun)

    the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided

    "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"

  4. draw, lot(noun)

    anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random

    "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"

  5. draw(noun)

    a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack

    "he got a pair of kings in the draw"

  6. hook, draw, hooking(noun)

    a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer

    "he took lessons to cure his hooking"

  7. draw, draw play(noun)

    (American football) the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage

  8. draw, draw poker(noun)

    poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer

    "he played only draw and stud"

  9. draw, haul, haulage(verb)

    the act of drawing or hauling something

    "the haul up the hill went very slowly"

  10. pull, draw, force(verb)

    cause to move by pulling

    "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"

  11. reap, draw(verb)

    get or derive

    "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"

  12. trace, draw, line, describe, delineate(verb)

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  13. draw, make(verb)

    make, formulate, or derive in the mind

    "I draw a line here"; "draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an estimate"; "What do you make of his remarks?"

  14. draw, pull, pull out, get out, take out(verb)

    bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover

    "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"

  15. draw(verb)

    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

    "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"

  16. draw, take out(verb)

    take liquid out of a container or well

    "She drew water from the barrel"

  17. describe, depict, draw(verb)

    give a description of

    "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"

  18. draw(verb)

    select or take in from a given group or region

    "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"

  19. draw(verb)

    elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.

    "The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans"; "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"

  20. puff, drag, draw(verb)

    suck in or take (air)

    "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"

  21. draw(verb)

    move or go steadily or gradually

    "The ship drew near the shore"

  22. withdraw, draw, take out, draw off(verb)

    remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

    "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"

  23. draw, cast(verb)

    choose at random

    "draw a card"; "cast lots"

  24. draw, get(verb)

    earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

    "He drew a base on balls"

  25. draw(verb)

    bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition

    "She was drawn to despair"; "The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum"; "The session was drawn to a close"

  26. draw(verb)

    cause to flow

    "The nurse drew blood"

  27. draw(verb)

    write a legal document or paper

    "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"

  28. draw(verb)

    engage in drawing

    "He spent the day drawing in the garden"

  29. draw(verb)

    move or pull so as to cover or uncover something

    "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"

  30. draw(verb)

    allow a draft

    "This chimney draws very well"

  31. draw(verb)

    require a specified depth for floating

    "This boat draws 70 inches"

  32. draw, quarter, draw and quarter(verb)

    pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him

    "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"

  33. pull, draw(verb)

    cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense

    "A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"

  34. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up(verb)

    take in, also metaphorically

    "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

  35. attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in(verb)

    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

    "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"

  36. string, thread, draw(verb)

    thread on or as if on a string

    "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries"

  37. pull back, draw(verb)

    stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)

    "The archers were drawing their bows"

  38. guide, run, draw, pass(verb)

    pass over, across, or through

    "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"

  39. tie, draw(verb)

    finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.

    "The teams drew a tie"

  40. draw(verb)


    "The material drew after it was washed in hot water"

  41. draw(verb)

    reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die

    "draw wire"

  42. draw(verb)

    steep; pass through a strainer

    "draw pulp from the fruit"

  43. disembowel, eviscerate, draw(verb)

    remove the entrails of

    "draw a chicken"

  44. draw(verb)

    flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching

    "draw steel"

  45. draw(verb)

    cause to localize at one point

    "Draw blood and pus"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. draw(verb)ɔ

    to make a picture with a pencil or pen

    I like to draw.; He drew a horse's face.; Draw me a picture.

  2. drawɔ

    to pick a card, piece of paper, etc. without looking

    We will draw names to choose the winner.

  3. drawɔ

    to cause a reaction

    Her remarks drew criticism/praise from members of Congress.; The ad drew my attention.

  4. drawɔ

    to attract sb

    The speaker had drawn a crowd.

  5. drawɔ

    to decide or learn sth after considering it

    We all draw conclusions from what we read.

  6. drawɔ

    to move or pull sth in a particular direction

    The bus drew into the station.; My father drew me toward the door.

  7. drawɔ

    to end a game with each team having the same score

    Manchester United and Leeds drew.

  8. drawɔ

    to be unable to think of sth

    I looked at the question and drew a blank.

  9. drawɔ

    to make sth bleed

    The bite was enough to draw blood.

  10. drawɔ

    to show how things are similar

    The article draws a comparison between this conflict and two earlier ones.

  11. drawɔ

    to show how sth is different

    to draw a distinction between peace and the absence of fighting

  12. drawɔ

    to set the limits of sth

    I like having fun, but I draw the line at breaking the law.

  13. drawɔ

    to indicate what the differences are between two similar things

    Where do you draw the line between punishment and abuse?

  14. draw(noun)ɔ

    a way of choosing sth when possible choices are picked by chance

    the draw for first prize

  15. drawɔ

    a game that ends in a tie

    ***The match ended in a draw.


  1. draw(Noun)

    The result of a contest in which neither side has won; a tie.

    The game ended in a draw.

  2. draw(Noun)

    The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.

    The draw is on Saturday.

  3. draw(Noun)

    The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out. Different from a tie.

  4. draw(Noun)

    A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade

  5. draw(Noun)

    A shot that lands in play without hitting another stone out, as opposed to a takeout shot.

  6. draw(Noun)

    A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.

  7. draw(Noun)


  8. draw(Noun)

    In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.

  9. draw(Noun)

    A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.

  10. draw(Verb)

    To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.

  11. draw(Verb)

    To drag, pull.

  12. draw(Verb)

    To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).

  13. draw(Verb)

    To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood, as in get water from a well, to run water for a bath, take a blood sample, or cause to bleed (the wound drew blood).

  14. draw(Verb)

    To attract.

  15. draw(Verb)

    To deduce or infer.

    He tried to draw a conclusion from the facts.

  16. draw(Verb)

    (usually as draw on or draw upon): to rely on; utilize as a source.

    She had to draw upon her experience to solve the problem

  17. draw(Verb)

    To disembowel.

    He will be hanged, drawn and quartered.

  18. draw(Verb)

    To pull back the arrow in preparation for shooting.

  19. draw(Noun)

    The schedule of games in a sports league - NRL Fixtures - 2011 NRL Draw

  20. draw(Verb)

    (of curtains, etc.) To close.

    You should draw the curtains at night.

  21. draw(Verb)

    (of drinks, especially tea) To leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.

    Tea is much nicer if you let it draw for three minutes before pouring.

  22. draw(Verb)

    To end a game in a draw (with neither side winning).

    Both these teams will draw if nobody scores soon.

  23. draw(Verb)

    To consume, for example, power.

    The circuit draws three hundred watts.

  24. draw(Verb)

    To determine the result of a lottery.

    The winning lottery numbers were drawn every Tuesday.

  25. draw(Verb)

    To take the top card of a deck into hand.

    At the start of their turn, each player must draw a card.

  26. draw(Verb)

    To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out.

    Jill has four diamonds; she'll try to draw for a flush.

  27. draw(Verb)


  28. draw(Verb)

    to cause

  29. Origin: drawen, dragen, from dragan, from draganan (cf. West Frisian drage, Dutch dragen, German tragen ‘to carry’), from dʰreĝ- 'to draw, pull' (compare Albanian dredh ‘to turn, spin’, Old Armenian դառնամ, Sanskrit ‘load’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Draw(verb)

    to cause to move continuously by force applied in advance of the thing moved; to pull along; to haul; to drag; to cause to follow

  2. Draw(verb)

    to influence to move or tend toward one's self; to exercise an attracting force upon; to call towards itself; to attract; hence, to entice; to allure; to induce

  3. Draw(verb)

    to cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: (a) To bring or take out, or to let out, from some receptacle, as a stick or post from a hole, water from a cask or well, etc

  4. Draw(verb)

    to pull from a sheath, as a sword

  5. Draw(verb)

    to extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive

  6. Draw(verb)

    to obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive

  7. Draw(verb)

    to take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, or the like; as, to draw money from a bank

  8. Draw(verb)

    to take from a box or wheel, as a lottery ticket; to receive from a lottery by the drawing out of the numbers for prizes or blanks; hence, to obtain by good fortune; to win; to gain; as, he drew a prize

  9. Draw(verb)

    to select by the drawing of lots

  10. Draw(verb)

    to remove the contents of

  11. Draw(verb)

    to drain by emptying; to suck dry

  12. Draw(verb)

    to extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal

  13. Draw(verb)

    to take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence, also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave

  14. Draw(verb)

    to extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch; to extend, as a mass of metal into wire

  15. Draw(verb)

    to run, extend, or produce, as a line on any surface; hence, also, to form by marking; to make by an instrument of delineation; to produce, as a sketch, figure, or picture

  16. Draw(verb)

    to represent by lines drawn; to form a sketch or a picture of; to represent by a picture; to delineate; hence, to represent by words; to depict; to describe

  17. Draw(verb)

    to write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange

  18. Draw(verb)

    to require (so great a depth, as of water) for floating; -- said of a vessel; to sink so deep in (water); as, a ship draws ten feet of water

  19. Draw(verb)

    to withdraw

  20. Draw(verb)

    to trace by scent; to track; -- a hunting term

  21. Draw(verb)

    to pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well

  22. Draw(verb)

    to draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well

  23. Draw(verb)

    to exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement

  24. Draw(verb)

    to have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; -- said of a blister, poultice, etc

  25. Draw(verb)

    to have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc

  26. Draw(verb)

    to unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword

  27. Draw(verb)

    to perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures

  28. Draw(verb)

    to become contracted; to shrink

  29. Draw(verb)

    to move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; -- with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level, to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, nigh, or towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect

  30. Draw(verb)

    to make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; -- usually with on or upon

  31. Draw(verb)

    to admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily

  32. Draw(verb)

    to sink in water; to require a depth for floating

  33. Draw(noun)

    the act of drawing; draught

  34. Draw(noun)

    a lot or chance to be drawn

  35. Draw(noun)

    a drawn game or battle, etc

  36. Draw(noun)

    that part of a bridge which may be raised, swung round, or drawn aside; the movable part of a drawbridge. See the Note under Drawbridge


  1. Draw

    A poker player is drawing if they have a hand that is incomplete and needs further cards to become valuable. The hand itself is called a draw or drawing hand. For example, in seven-card stud, if four of a player's first five cards are all spades, but the hand is otherwise weak, they are drawing to a flush. In contrast, a made hand already has value and does not necessarily need to draw to win. A made starting hand with no help can lose to an inferior starting hand with a favorable draw. If an opponent has a made hand that will beat the player's draw, then the player is drawing dead; even if they make their desired hand, they will lose. Not only draws benefit from additional cards; many made hands can be improved by catching an out — and may have to in order to win.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAW' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1886

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAW' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1003

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAW' in Nouns Frequency: #2257

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAW' in Verbs Frequency: #101

Anagrams of DRAW

  1. ward, Ward

  2. Ward

Translations for DRAW

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a drawn game

The match ended in a draw.

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