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English definition of “draw”

draw

verb
 
 
/drɔː/ (past tense drew, past participle drawn)
PICTURE [I, T] A1 to produce a picture by making lines or marks, usually with a pen or pencil: She drew a picture of a tree.Painting, drawing and printing
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.General words for movementPulling
draw into/out/away, etc B2 to move somewhere, usually in a vehicle: The train drew into the station.General words for movement
draw the curtains to pull curtains open or closedPulling
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.Showing and demonstrating
ATTRACT [T] B2 to attract someone to a place or person: Thousands of tourists are drawn to the city every year.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction
SPORT [I, T] UK to finish a game or competition with each team or player having the same score: England drew 2-2 against Italy.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
TAKE OUT [T] to take something out of a container or your pocket, especially a weapon: He drew a knife and started threatening me.Taking and choosingRemoving and extracting
draw near/close B2 to become nearer in space or time: Her birthday's drawing nearer every day.General words for movement
draw (a) breath to breathe in air: She drew a deep breath and started her speech.Breathing and stopping breathing
MONEY [T] (also draw out) to take money from your bank accountWithdrawing money
draw to a close/end to be almost finishedComing to an endCausing something to end
draw conclusions B2 to make judgments after considering a subject or situation: What conclusions should we draw from this report?Concluding and deducing
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 sthComparing and contrasting
(Definition of draw verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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