Meaning of “draw” in the English Dictionary

"draw" in English

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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.
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 she drew closer, I realized that I knew her.
draw to a close/an end

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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 (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.


uk /drɔː/ us /drɑː/

(Definition of “draw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"draw" in American English

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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.

drawnoun [ 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.

(Definition of “draw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"draw" in Business English

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drawverb [ T ]

uk /drɔː/ us drew, drawn

also withdraw BANKING to get money from a bank or an account so that you can use it:

draw money/cash from sth Customers will be charged each time they draw cash from the cash dispensers.
The company is now able to draw money from the £10m loan it has negotiated with Royal Bank of Scotland.

FINANCE to receive money regularly, especially as an employee or from the government:

The chief executive drew £1million last year in salary and bonuses.
draw a salary/pension

BANKING to write out a cheque and receive money for it:

draw a cheque on an account/a bank Consumers nowadays routinely pay for goods not with cash or cheques drawn on their bank accounts but with credit cards.
US Dollar cheques can be accepted if they are drawn on a bank with clearing facilities in the UK.

FINANCE, COMMERCE to write a bill of exchange (= document used in trade that orders payment for goods or services):

draw a bill of exchange on sb Bills of exchange are drawn on buyers and accepted when the seller hands over the bill of lading covering the goods.

drawnoun [ C ]

uk /drɔː/ us

someone or something that attracts a lot of people:

With an ice rink and indoor turf field, the complex has been popular and a draw for out-of-town visitors.
a big/huge draw As in China, the big draw is India's massive and lucrative domestic market potential.

[ usually singular ] an act of using some of the supply of something, especially oil or gas, or the amount that is used:

Oil prices continued to rise yesterday amid fears that figures from America will show another big draw on stocks.

something that uses up part of a supply of something:

The training program is a draw on all our resources.

(Definition of “draw” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we will have four main blocks of problems in our negotiations.
Let me draw your attention to the fact that the vote on this report will also be the last one this year.
However, whether we then have the courage to draw the right conclusions from this remains to be seen when we go into the next round.
The conclusion which we draw from this draft regulation is that it is probably an attempt to cover up the situation.
In that respect, let me draw your attention to one specific point: the extension of codecision to the common agricultural policy.
What conclusions can we draw from this?
Even though they contain the odd contradiction, this range of texts gives us the opportunity to draw up a detailed and customised progress report on the negotiations.
In addition, we must draw the proper conclusions, in terms of sanctioning those responsible, certainly, but also in establishing far more transparent procedures.
I have on many an occasion throughout this process thought that we were lucky when we chose him to draw up the report.
As well as pursuing local capacity-building and ownership, we must be able to draw on the best existing expertise and material wherever it is available.