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English definition of “draw”

draw

verb (MOVE)    /drɔː/ US  /drɑː/ (drew, drawn)
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
(Definition of draw verb (MOVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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