Definition of draw verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//drɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɔː//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they draw
    BrE BrE//drɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɔː//
    he / she / it draws
    BrE BrE//drɔːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɔːz//
    past simple drew
    BrE BrE//druː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//druː//
    past participle drawn
    BrE BrE//drɔːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//drɔːn//
    -ing form drawing
    BrE BrE//ˈdrɔːɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɔːɪŋ//
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    make pictures
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to make pictures, or a picture of something, with a pencil, pen or chalk (but not paint) You draw beautifully. draw something to draw a picture/diagram/graph She drew a house. He drew a circle in the sand with a stick. (figurative) The report drew a grim picture of inefficiency and corruption. CollocationsFine artsCreating art make a work of art/​a drawing/​a sketch/​a sculpture/​a statue/​engravings/​etchings/​prints do an oil painting/​a self-portrait/​a line drawing/​a rough sketch create a work of art/​an artwork/​paintings and sculptures produce paintings/​portraits/​oil sketches/​his most celebrated work/​a series of prints paint a picture/​landscape/​portrait/​mural/​in oils/​in watercolours/(especially US English) in watercolors/​on canvas draw a picture/​a portrait/​a cartoon/​a sketch/​a line/​a figure/​the human form/​in charcoal/​in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/​a figure/​a shape carve a figure/​an image/​a sculpture/​an altarpiece/​reliefs/​a block of wood sculpt a portrait bust/​a statue/​an abstract figure etch a line/​a pattern/​a design/​a name into the glass mix colours/(especially US English) colors/​pigments/​paints add/​apply thin/​thick layers of paint/​colour/(especially US English) color/​pigment use oil pastels/​charcoal/​acrylic paint/​a can of spray paint work in bronze/​ceramics/​stone/​oils/​pastels/​watercolour/​a wide variety of mediaDescribing art paint/​depict a female figure/​a biblical scene/​a pastoral landscape/​a domestic interior depict/​illustrate a traditional/​mythological/​historical/​religious theme create an abstract composition/​a richly textured surface/​a distorted perspective paint dark/​rich/​skin/​flesh tones use broad brush strokes/​loose brushwork/​vibrant colours/​a limited palette/​simple geometric forms develop/​adopt/​paint in a stylized manner/​an abstract styleShowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/​a bronze bust of somebody/​a portrait/​a religious work/​an artist to paint something frame a painting/​portrait hang art/​a picture/​a painting display/​exhibit modern art/​somebody’s work/​a collection/​original artwork/​drawings/​sculptures/​a piece be displayed/​hung in a gallery/​museum install/​place a sculpture in/​at/​on something erect/​unveil a bronze/​marble/​life-size statue hold/​host/​mount/​open/​curate/​see an exhibition (especially British English)/(usually North American English) an exhibit be/​go on (British English) exhibition/(North American English) exhibit feature/​promote/​showcase a conceptual artist/​contemporary works collect African art/​modern British paintings/​Japanese prints restore/​preserve a fresco/​great works of art See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  2. pull
  3. 2  [transitive] draw something/somebody + adv./prep. to move something/somebody by pulling it or them gently He drew the cork out of the bottle. I drew my chair up closer to the fire. She drew me onto the balcony. I tried to draw him aside (= for example where I could talk to him privately). (figurative) My eyes were drawn to the man in the corner. Synonymspulldrag draw haul tow tugThese words all mean to move something in a particular direction, especially towards or behind you.pull to hold something and move it in a particular direction; to hold or be attached to a vehicle and move it along behind you:Pull the chair nearer the table. They use oxen to pull their carts.drag to pull somebody/​something in a particular direction or behind you, usually along the ground, and especially with effort:The sack is too heavy to lift—you’ll have to drag it.draw (formal) to move somebody/​something by pulling them/​it gently; to pull a vehicle such as a carriage:I drew my chair closer to the fire. a horse-drawn carriagehaul to pull somebody/​something to a particular place with a lot of effort:Fishermen were hauling in their nets.drag or haul?You usually drag something behind you along the ground; you usually haul something towards you, often upwards towards you. Dragging something often needs effort, but hauling something always does. tow to pull a car, boat or light plane behind another vehicle, using a rope or chain:Our car was towed away by the police.tug to pull somebody/​something hard in a particular direction:She tried to escape but he tugged her back.Patterns to pull/​drag/​draw/​haul/​tow/​tug somebody/​something along/​down/​towards something to pull/​drag/​draw/​haul/​tow somebody/​something behind you to pull/​drag/​draw/​haul a cart/​sledge to pull/​draw a coach/​carriage to pull/​haul/​tow a truck horses pull/​draw/​haul something dogs pull/​drag/​haul something
  4. 3[transitive] draw something (of horses, etc.) to pull a vehicle such as a carriage The Queen's coach was drawn by six horses. a horse-drawn carriage
  5. curtains
  6. 4[transitive] draw something to open or close curtains, etc. The blinds were drawn. It was getting dark so I switched on the light and drew the curtains. She drew back the curtains and let the sunlight in.
  7. move
  8. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move in the direction mentioned The train drew into the station. The train drew in. The figures in the distance seemed to be drawing closer. Their car drew alongside ours. (figurative) Her retirement is drawing near. (figurative) The meeting was drawing to a close.
  9. weapon
  10. 6[transitive, intransitive] draw (something) (on somebody) to take out a weapon, such as a gun or a sword, in order to attack somebody She drew a revolver on me. He came towards them with his sword drawn.
  11. attract
  12. 7[transitive] to attract or interest somebody draw somebody The movie is drawing large audiences. The course draws students from all over the country. draw somebody to something Her screams drew passers-by to the scene.
  13. get reaction
  14. 8[transitive] to produce a reaction or response draw something The plan has drawn a lot of criticism. draw something from somebody The announcement drew loud applause from the audience.
  15. make somebody talk
  16. 9[transitive] draw somebody (about/on something) [often passive] to make somebody say more about something Spielberg refused to be drawn on his next movie.
  17. conclusion
  18. 10[transitive] draw something (from something) to have a particular idea after you have studied something or thought about it What conclusions did you draw from the report? We can draw some lessons for the future from this accident.
  19. comparison
  20. 11[transitive] draw something to express a comparison or a contrast to draw an analogy/a comparison/a parallel/a distinction between two events
  21. choose
  22. 12[intransitive, transitive] to decide something by picking cards, tickets or numbers by chance We drew for partners. draw something They had to draw lots to decide who would go. He drew the winning ticket. Names were drawn from a hat for the last few places. Italy has been drawn against Spain in the first round. draw somebody/something to do something Italy has been drawn to play Spain.
  23. game
  24. 13[intransitive, transitive] to finish a game without either team winning England and France drew. England and France drew 3–3. draw with/against somebody England drew with/against France. draw something England drew their game against France. See related entries: Soccer
  25. money
  26. 14[transitive] to take money or payments from a bank account or post office synonym withdraw draw something out (of something) I drew out £200. Can I draw $80 out of my account? draw something (from something) She went to the post office to draw her pension. draw something on something The cheque was drawn on his personal account.
  27. liquid/gas
  28. 15[transitive] draw something (+adv./prep.) to take or pull liquid or gas from somewhere to draw water from a well The device draws gas along the pipe.
  29. smoke/air
  30. 16[intransitive, transitive] to breathe in smoke or air draw at/on something He drew thoughtfully on his pipe. draw something in She breathed deeply, drawing in the fresh mountain air.
  31. Word OriginOld English dragan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dragen and German tragen, also to draught.Extra examples Animals are instinctively drawn to those who like them. He approached her but she drew away. He draws very well. He was increasingly drawn to the idea of making short films. Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside. I drew my chair up to the fire. I tried to draw him aside so I could talk to him in private. Make sure the contract is properly drawn up. She drew me onto the balcony She sat with her legs drawn up on the sofa. The blinds were partly drawn. The contrasts of mood in the first movement are very sharply drawn. The ducts draw out stale air. The meeting was drawing to a close. The plan has drawn interest from local businessmen. The project enables students to draw together their knowledge, skills and experience. The site’s boundaries were tightly drawn by the Department of the Environment. We asked the surfing champion what first drew him to the sport. We drew closer to try to hear what was being said. We drew names randomly out of a hat. a beautifully drawn picture a crudely drawn child’s face as the boat drew towards the shore A taxi drew up and we got in. As he drew near, I could see that he was limping. Draw the curtains—it’s dark outside. She drew water from the well, and splashed her hands and face. She waved to me as I drew up. The Queen’s coach was drawn by six horses. The blinds were drawn and the house looked shut up. The company has been drawing gas and oil out of the rich ground for 62 years. The device draws water along the pipe. The figure in the distance seemed to be drawing closer.Idioms (British English) if two people are at daggers drawn, they are very angry with each other See related entries: Anger
    the battle lines are drawn
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    used to say that people or groups have shown which side they intend to support in an argument or contest that is going to begin
    draw/get a bead on somebody/something
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    (especially North American English) to aim carefully at somebody/something before shooting a gun One of the police officers drew a bead on the gunman and fired.
    to get no response or result So far, the police investigation has drawn a blank. to make somebody bleed
      draw breath (British English) (US English draw a breath)
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    1. 1to stop doing something and rest She talks all the time and hardly stops to draw breath.
    2. 2(literary) to live; to be alive He was as kind a man as ever drew breath.
    to make somebody direct their anger, criticism, etc. at you, so that others do not have to face it
    draw/pull your horns in
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    to start being more careful in your behaviour, especially by spending less money than before Small businesses have had to pull their horns in during the recession.
    draw the line (at something/at doing something)
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    to refuse to do something; to set a limit I don't mind helping, but I draw the line at doing everything myself. We would have liked to invite all our relatives, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
    draw the line (between something and something)
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    to distinguish between two closely related ideas Where do you draw the line between genius and madness?
    draw a line under something
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    (British English) to say that something is finished and not worth discussing any more
    draw/cast lots (for something/to do something)
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    to choose somebody/something by lot They drew lots for the right to go first.
    draw the short straw (British English) (North American English get the short end of the stick)
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    to be the person in a group who is chosen or forced to perform an unpleasant duty or task I drew the short straw and had to clean the toilets.
    draw straws (for something)
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    to decide on somebody to do or have something, by choosing pieces of paper, etc. We drew straws for who went first.
    draw yourself up/rise to your full height
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    to stand straight and tall in order to show your determination or high status
    take/draw somebody to one side
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    to speak to somebody in private, especially in order to warn or tell them about something
    Phrasal Verbsdraw backdraw backdraw somethingdowndraw somethingdown (from something)draw something from somebodydraw indraw somebody into doing somethingdraw somethingoffdraw ondraw on somethingdraw outdraw somebodyoutdraw somethingoutdraw updraw somethingup
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