Meaning of “draw” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /drɔː/ past tense drew, past participle drawn

A1 to produce a picture by making lines or marks, usually with a pen or pencil:

She drew a picture of a tree.

More examples

draw sth/sb across/back/over, etc

to pull something or someone gently in a particular direction:

He took her hand and drew her towards him.
draw into/out/away, etc

B2 to move somewhere, usually in a vehicle:

The train drew into the station.
draw the curtains
draw (sb's) attention to sth/sb

B2 to make someone notice someone or something:

I don't want to draw too much attention to myself.

B2 to attract someone to a place or person:

Thousands of tourists are drawn to the city every year.

to finish a game or competition with each team or player having the same score:

England drew 2-2 against Italy.

to take something out of a container or your pocket, especially a weapon:

He drew a knife and started threatening me.
draw near/close

B2 to become nearer in space or time:

Her birthday's drawing nearer every day.
draw (a) breath

to breathe in air:

She drew a deep breath and started her speech.
MONEY [ T ] also draw out

to take money from your bank account

draw to a close/end

to be almost finished

draw conclusions

B2 to make judgments after considering a subject or situation:

What conclusions should we draw from this report?
draw a comparison/distinction

to say that there is a similarity or difference between two things

→ See also draw a blank , draw the line at sth , draw a veil over sth

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