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draw

verb  us   /drɔ/ (past tense drew  /dru/ , past participle drawn  /drɔn/ )

draw verb (PICTURE)

[I/T] to make a picture of something or someone with a pencil, pen, etc.: [T] The child drew a picture of a dog.

draw verb (MOVE)

[I always + adv/prep] to move in a particular direction: As we drew near, a dog started to bark.

draw verb (PULL/PULL IN)

[I/T] to pull or direct something or someone in a particular direction, or attract someone toward a particular place: [T] The Grand Canyon draws millions of tourists each year. [T] I would like to thank Professor Reynolds for drawing my attention to this article. [I/T] To draw is also to pull together or close something covering a window, so that no one can see you: [T] She drew the blinds and sat down to read. [I/T] To draw is also to suck in: [I] He sharply drew in his breath.

draw verb (TAKE OUT)

[T] to remove something: It was my turn to draw a card.

draw verb (DECIDE ON)

[T] to decide on something as a result of thinking about it: We can draw some conclusions about the causes of this disease.

draw verb (CAUSE)

[T] to cause a reaction from someone: The criticism drew an angry response from the mayor.

draw

noun [C]  us   /drɔ/

draw noun [C] (ATTRACTION)

infml someone or something that attracts a lot of interest, esp. of paying customers: Every team needs a superstar who will be a big draw.

draw noun [C] (GAME RESULT)

(in sports and games) a situation in which each side or team has equal points or is in an equal position and neither side wins: The hockey game ended in a draw, 2 to 2.
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