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verb uk   /drɔː/ us    /drɑː/ (drew, drawn)

draw verb (PICTURE)

A1 [I or T] to make a picture of something or someone with a pencil or pen: Jonathan can draw brilliantly. The children drew pictures of their families. Draw a line at the bottom of the page.Painting, drawing and printing

draw verb (ATTRACT)

B2 [T] to attract attention or interest: He's an excellent speaker who always draws a crowd. Does he wear those ridiculous clothes to draw attention? Could I draw your attention to item number three on the agenda?Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attractionMaking people excited and interestedInspiration and inspiring draw sb's eye(s) to attract someone's attention: Her eyes were immediately drawn to the tall blond man standing at the bar.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction

draw verb (MAKE)

C2 [T] formal to make or show a comparison between things: You can't really draw a comparison between the two cases - they're entirely different. It's sometimes very difficult to draw a clear distinction between the meanings of different words.Concluding and deducing draw a conclusion B2 to consider the facts of a situation and make a decision about what is true, correct, likely to happen, etc.: I'd seen them together so often I drew the logical conclusion that they were husband and wife.Guessing, supposing and suspecting

draw verb (MOVE)

B2 [I + adv/prep] to move in a particular direction, especially in a vehicle: The train slowly drew into the station/drew in. As we drew alongside (= reached) the black car, I suddenly recognized my ex-boyfriend at the wheel. Montgomery drew level with Greene in the 100 metres final, but never passed him.General words for movement draw near, close, etc. B2 to become nearer in space or time: As Christmas draws nearer, the shops start to get unbearably crowded. As she drew closer I realized that I knew her.General words for movement draw to a close/an end C2 to gradually finish: As the evening drew to a close, people started reaching for their coats.Causing something to endComing to an end

draw verb (CAUSE)

[T] If something draws a reaction, people react in the stated way: Her speech last night in the Senate drew an angry response.Causing things to happen

draw verb (PULL)

C2 [T + adv/prep] to pull or direct something in a particular direction: She drew her coat tightly around her shoulders. The crowd watched as the referee drew the player aside/to one side and spoke to him.Pulling draw the curtains to pull curtains so that they are either together or apartPulling

draw verb (CHOOSE)

[I or T] to choose a number, card, etc. from several numbers, cards, etc. without first seeing it, in a competition or a game: I was dealt two aces and I drew a third.Taking and choosing

draw verb (TAKE OUT)

[T] to take something out of a container or your pocket, especially a weapon: Suddenly he drew a gun/knife and held it to my throat.Taking and choosing [T] to cause a substance, especially blood, to come out of a body: He bit me so hard that it drew blood.Taking and choosing

draw verb (GET)

[T] to get a feeling, idea, etc. from something or someone: She drew comfort from the fact that he died peacefully.Using and misusing

draw verb (BREATHE)

[I or T] to take air or smoke into your lungs: She drew a deep breath and plunged into the water.Breathing and stopping breathing

draw verb (EQUAL)

C1 [I] to finish a game with the same number of points as the other person or team: Coventry drew 1–1 with United in the semifinal.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated

draw verb (MONEY)

[T + prep] to get money from a bank, account, etc. so that you can use it: Alison drew some money out of her account to pay for our trip.Withdrawing money [T] to receive money regularly, especially as an employee or from the government: He's been drawing a pension for ten years.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of thingsEarning money and money earned


noun uk   /drɔː/ us    /drɑː/

draw noun (ATTRACTION)

[C usually singular] someone or something that a lot of people are interested in: We need someone at the event who'll be a big draw and attract the paying public.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction

draw noun (EQUAL SCORE)

[C] a situation in which each team in a game has equal points and neither side wins: The result was a draw.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated

draw noun (COMPETITION)

[C] UK (US also drawing) a competition that is decided by choosing a particular ticket or number by chanceMiscellaneous games and activitiesGambling and bookmakingTaking risks
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