What does draw mean?

Definitions for draw

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word draw.

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"


  1. draw(v. t.)

    To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was drawn.

  2. Draw(n.)

    the act of drawing a lot or chance.


  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

  37. Origin: [OE. draen, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear, carry, D. dragen, G. tragen, Goth. dragan; cf. Skr. dhraj to move along, glide; and perh. akin to Skr. dhar to hold, bear. 73. Cf. 2d Drag, Dray a cart, 1st Dredge.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Draw

    draw, v.t. to pull along: to bring forcibly towards one: to entice, attract: to coax into giving information: to make one express himself (also to Draw out a man): to inhale: to take out: to evoke or bring out by some artifice: to extract by pulling: to cast lots: to extract the essence of: to eviscerate (hang, draw, and quarter): to manufacture (wire) by drawing through a small hole: to deduce: to lengthen: to extend to the full length (as in drawing a bow): to force to appear (as a badger from its hole): to receive (as revenues): to demand money by a draft: to make a picture of, by lines drawn: to describe: to require a depth of water for floating.—v.i. to pull: to practise drawing: to move: to approach: to have a free current (of a chimney):—pa.t. drew (drōō); pa.p. drawn.—n. the act of drawing: anything drawn: a drawn or undecided game.—adj. Draw′able.—ns. Draw′back, a disadvantage: a receiving back some part of the duty on goods on their exportation; Draw′-bar (same as Drag-bar); Draw′-boy, the boy who pulls the cords of the harness in figure-weaving, a mechanical device for this purpose; Draw′bridge, a bridge that can be drawn up or let down at pleasure; Drawēē′, the person on whom a bill of exchange is drawn; Draw′prime;er, he or that which draws: one who draws beer or fetches liquor in a tavern: a thing drawn out, like the sliding box in a case: (pl.) a close under-garment for the lower limbs; Draw′-gear, the apparatus by which railway-cars are coupled; Draw′ing, the art of representing objects by lines drawn, shading, &c.: a picture: the distribution of prizes, as at a lottery; Draw′ing-board; Draw′ing-frame, a machine in which carded wool, cotton, or the like is drawn out fine; Draw′ing-knife, a knife with a handle at each end, used by coopers for shaving hoops by drawing it towards one; Draw′ing-mas′ter; Draw′ing-pā′per; Draw′ing-pen; Draw′ing-pen′cil; Draw′ing-room, in engineering, a room where plans and patterns are drawn; Draw′ing-tā′ble, a table which can be extended in length by drawing out sliding leaves; Draw′-net (same as Drag-net); Draw′-plate, a plate of steel or ruby with a hole drilled in it through which wire, tubing, or the like is drawn to make it more slender; Draw′-well, a well from which water is drawn up by a bucket and apparatus.—Draw a bead on (see Bead); Draw a blank (see Blank); Draw a cover, to send the hounds into a cover to frighten out a fox; Draw blank, to do so, but find no fox; Draw back, to retire: to withdraw from an engagement; Draw cuts, to cast lots; Draw in, to reduce, contract: to become shorter; Draw it fine, to be too precise; Draw it mild, to state a thing without exaggeration; Draw near, to approach; Draw off, to take wine, ale, &c. out of a barrel: to retire; Draw on, to approach (of a fixed date); Draw on one's imagination, to make imaginative or lying statements; Draw on one's memory, to try to remember; Draw out<

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. draw

    A sail draws when it is filled by the wind. A ship draws so many feet of water.--To let draw a jib is to cease from flattening-in the sheet.--Draw is also a term for halliards in some of the northern fishing-boats.--To draw. To procure anything by official demand from a dockyard, arsenal, or magazine.--To draw up the courses. To take in.--To draw upon a ship is to gain upon a vessel when in pursuit of her.

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  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 for draw »

  1. ward, Ward

  2. Ward

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of draw in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of draw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of draw in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Jiabin:

    I can't draw money.

  2. Karen Huban:

    the funny thing is that my mom can't draw at all!

  3. Jen Ramsey:

    Draw on your inner essence & light up your world.

  4. Ethan Zuckerman:

    You just don't have as much training data to draw from.

  5. Akshay Khanna:

    Historic franchises are continuing to draw fans in 2019.

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