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Definition of draw verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they draw
    he / she / it draws
    past simple drew
    past participle drawn
    -ing form drawing
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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. Topic CollocationsFine Artscreating art make a work of art/a drawing/a sketch/a sculpture/a statue/an engraving/an etching/a print 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/a landscape/a portrait/a mural/in oils/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/an outline 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/pattern/design/name into the glass mix colors/pigments/paints add/apply thin/thick layers of paint/color/pigment use oil pastels/charcoal/acrylic paint/a can of spray paint work in bronze/ceramics/stone/oils/pastels/watercolors/a wide variety of mediadescribing art paint/depict a female figure/a biblical scene/a pastoral landscape/a domestic interior have/express/depict/illustrate a traditional/mythological/historical/religious theme create an abstract composition/a richly textured surface/a distorted perspective paint dark/rich/flesh tones use broad brush strokes/loose brushwork/vibrant colors/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/a portrait/a piece/an artwork hang art/a picture/a painting/a piece/an artwork 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/dedicate a bronze/marble statue hold/host/mount/open/curate/see an exhibition/exhibit be/go on exhibit feature/promote/showcase contemporary works/a conceptual artist collect African art/modern American paintings/Japanese prints restore/preserve great works of art/a fresco
  2. pull
  3. 2[transitive] draw something/somebody + adv./prep. to move something or someone 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. Thesauruspulldrag draw haul tow tugThese words all mean to move something in a particular direction, especially toward 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 closer to the table. They use horses to pull their carts.drag to pull someone or 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 someone or 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 someone or something to a particular place with a lot of effort:Liz hauled her suitcase up the stairs.drag or haul?You usually drag something behind you along the ground; you usually haul something toward you, often upward toward 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 someone or something hard in a particular direction:The boy tugged at his father's sleeve.Patterns to pull/drag/draw/haul/tow somebody/something along/down/toward something to pull/drag/draw/haul/tow somebody/something behind you to pull/drag/draw/haul a cart/sled to pull/draw a coach/carriage to pull/haul/tow a trailer 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 someone She drew a revolver on me. He came toward them with his sword drawn.
  11. attract
  12. 7[transitive] to attract or interest someone 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. conclusion
  16. 9[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.
  17. comparison
  18. 10[transitive] draw something to express a comparison or a contrast to draw an analogy/a comparison/a parallel/a distinction between two events
  19. choose
  20. 11[intransitive, transitive] draw something to decide something by picking cards, tickets, or numbers by chance We drew for partners. 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.
  21. money
  22. 12[transitive] to take money from a bank account synonym withdraw draw something out (of something) I drew out $200. Can I draw $80 out of my account? draw something on something The check was drawn on his personal account.
  23. 13[transitive] draw something to receive a regular payment from your employer or the government She draws a salary of $120,000. He lost his job and is now drawing unemployment.
  24. liquid/gas
  25. 14[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.
  26. smoke/air
  27. 15[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.
  28. Idioms
    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
    be/come under/draw fire
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    to be criticized severely for something you have done The bank president has come under fire from all sides.
    draw/get a bead on somebody/something
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    to aim carefully at someone or something before shooting a gun One of the police officers drew a bead on the gunman and fired.
    draw a blank
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    to get no response or result So far, the police investigation has drawn a blank.
    to make someone bleed
      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.
    draw/pull your horns in
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    to start being more careful in your behavior, 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/cast lots (for something/to do something)
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    to choose someone or something by lot They drew lots for the right to go first.
    draw straws (for something)
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    to decide on someone 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 someone in private, especially in order to warn or tell them about something
    Phrasal Verbsdraw backdraw back (from something/from doing something)draw somethingdowndraw somethingdown (from something)draw something from somebody/somethingdraw indraw somebody into something/into doing somethingdraw somethingoffdraw ondraw on/upon somethingdraw outdraw somebodyoutdraw somethingoutdraw updraw somethingup
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