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draw

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 very well. The children drew pictures of their families. Draw a line at the bottom of the page.
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draw verb (ATTRACT)

B2 [T] to attract attention or interest: He's an excellent speaker who always draws a crowd. Could I draw your attention to item number three on the agenda? UK Does he wear those ridiculous clothes to draw attention to himself?draw sb's eye(s) to attract someone's attention: Her eyes were immediately drawn to the tall blond man standing at the bar.
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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 completely different. It's sometimes very difficult to draw a clear distinction between the meanings of different words.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.
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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. UK Montgomery drew level with Greene in the 100 metres final, but never passed him.draw near, close, etc. B2 to become nearer in space or time: As Christmas draws nearer, the big stores start to get unbearably crowded. As she drew closer, I realized that I knew her.draw to a close/an end C2 to gradually finish: As the evening drew to a close, people started reaching for their coats.
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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.
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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.draw the curtains to pull curtains so that they are either together or apart

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.

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. [T] to cause a substance, especially blood, to come out of a body: He bit me so hard that it drew blood.

draw verb (GET)

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

draw verb (BREATHE)

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

draw verb (EQUAL)

C1 [I] UK 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.

draw verb (MONEY)

[T + prep] to get money from a bank, account, etc. so that you can use it: I drew some money out of my account to pay for our trip. [T] to receive money regularly, especially as an employee or from the government: He's been drawing a pension for ten years.

draw

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.

draw noun (EQUAL SCORE)

[C] UK a situation in which each team in a game has equal points and neither side wins: The result was a draw.

draw noun (COMPETITION)

[C] UK ( US also drawing) a competition that is decided by choosing a particular ticket or number by chance
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