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Definition of 'draw'


  1. a gully that is shallower than a ravine
  2. an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
       Synonyms: drawing card attraction attractor attracter
  3. the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided; "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"
       Synonyms: standoff tie
  4. anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"
       Synonyms: lot
  5. a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack; "he got a pair of kings in the draw"
  6. a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer; "he took lessons to cure his hooking"
       Synonyms: hook hooking
  7. (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
       Synonyms: draw play
  8. poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer; "he played only draw and stud"
       Synonyms: draw poker
  9. the act of drawing or hauling something; "the haul up the hill went very slowly"
       Synonyms: haul haulage


  1. cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
       Synonyms: pull force
       Antonyms: push force
  2. get or derive; "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"
       Synonyms: reap
  3. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
       Synonyms: trace line describe delineate
  4. make, formulate, or derive in the mind; "I draw a line here"; "draw a conclusion"; "draw parallels"; "make an estimate"; "What do you make of his remarks?"
       Synonyms: make
  5. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
       Synonyms: pull pull out get out take out
  6. represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
  7. take liquid out of a container or well; "She drew water from the barrel"
       Synonyms: take out
  8. give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
       Synonyms: describe depict
  9. select or take in from a given group or region; "The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population"
  10. elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.; "The President's comments drew sharp criticism from the Republicans"; "The comedian drew a lot of laughter"
  11. suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
       Synonyms: puff drag
  12. move or go steadily or gradually; "The ship drew near the shore"
  13. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source); "She drew $2,000 from the account"; "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"
       Synonyms: withdraw take out draw off
       Antonyms: deposit bank
  14. choose at random; "draw a card"; "cast lots"
       Synonyms: cast
  15. earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher; "He drew a base on balls"
       Synonyms: get
  16. bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition; "She was drawn to despair"; "The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum"; "The session was drawn to a close"
  17. cause to flow; "The nurse drew blood"
  18. write a legal document or paper; "The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office"
  19. engage in drawing; "He spent the day drawing in the garden"
  20. move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"
  21. allow a draft; "This chimney draws very well"
  22. require a specified depth for floating; "This boat draws 70 inches"
  23. pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
       Synonyms: quarter draw and quarter
  24. cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense; "A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter"
       Synonyms: pull
  25. take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
       Synonyms: absorb suck imbibe soak up sop up suck up take in take up
  26. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "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"
       Synonyms: attract pull pull in draw in
       Antonyms: repel drive repulse force back push back beat back
  27. thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries"
       Synonyms: string thread
  28. pull back the sling of (a bow); "The archers were drawing their bows"
       Synonyms: pull back
  29. guide or pass over something; "He ran his eyes over her body"; "She ran her fingers along the carved figurine"; "He drew her hair through his fingers"
       Synonyms: guide run pass
  30. finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie"
       Synonyms: tie
  31. contract; "The material drew after it was washed in hot water"
  32. reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die; "draw wire"
  33. steep; pass through a strainer; "draw pulp from the fruit"
  34. remove the entrails of; "draw a chicken"
       Synonyms: disembowel eviscerate
  35. flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; "draw steel"
  36. cause to localize at one point; "Draw blood and pus"

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