What is the meaning of draw?


  • A gully that is shallower than a ravine.
  • An entertainer who attracts large audiences.
    • usage: "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
  • The finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided.
    • usage: "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"
  • Anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random.
    • usage: "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"
  • A playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack.
    • usage: "he got a pair of kings in the draw"
  • A golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer.
    • usage: "he took lessons to cure his hooking"
  • American football. ( the quarterback moves back as if to pass and then hands the ball to the fullback who is running toward the line of scrimmage)
  • Poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer.
    • usage: "he played only draw and stud"
  • The act of drawing or hauling something.
    • usage: "the haul up the hill went very slowly"


  • Cause to move by pulling.
    • usage: "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
  • Get or derive.
    • usage: "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"
  • Make a mark or lines on a surface.
    • usage: "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  • Make, formulate, or derive in the mind.
    • usage: "I draw a line here"; "draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an estimate"; "What do you make of his remarks"
  • Bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover.
    • usage: "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
  • Represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. On a surface.
    • usage: "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
  • Take liquid out of a container or well.
    • usage: "She drew water from the barrel"
  • Give a description of.
    • usage: "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
  • Select or take in from a given group or region.
    • usage: "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
  • Elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc..
    • usage: "The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans"; "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"
  • Suck in or take (air. )
    • usage: "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
  • Move or go steadily or gradually.
    • usage: "The ship drew near the shore"
  • Remove (a commodity) from (a supply source. )
    • usage: "She drew $2, 000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"
  • Choose at random.
    • usage: "draw a card"; "cast lots"
  • Earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher.
    • usage: "He drew a base on balls"
  • Bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition.
    • usage: "She was drawn to despair"; "The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum"; "The session was drawn to a close"
  • Cause to flow.
    • usage: "The nurse drew blood"
  • Write a legal document or paper.
    • usage: "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
  • Engage in drawing.
    • usage: "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
  • Move or pull so as to cover or uncover something.
    • usage: "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"
  • Allow a draft.
    • usage: "This chimney draws very well"
  • Require a specified depth for floating.
    • usage: "This boat draws 70 inches"
  • Pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him.
    • usage: "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
  • Cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense.
    • usage: "A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
  • Take in, also metaphorically.
    • usage: "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
  • Direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes.
    • usage: "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"
  • Thread on or as if on a string.
    • usage: "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries"
  • Stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow. )
    • usage: "The archers were drawing their bows"
  • Pass over, across, or through.
    • usage: "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
  • Finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc..
    • usage: "The teams drew a tie"
  • Contract.
    • usage: "The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
  • Reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die.
    • usage: "draw wire"
  • Steep; pass through a strainer.
    • usage: "draw pulp from the fruit"
  • Remove the entrails of.
    • usage: "draw a chicken"
  • Flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching.
    • usage: "draw steel"
  • Cause to localize at one point.
    • usage: "Draw blood and pus"
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