draw Definition

  • 1to make a picture of something or someone with a pencil or pen
  • 2to attract people or things towards a particular place or person
  • 3to end a game or competition with neither side winning

Using draw: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "draw" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She drew a portrait of her mother.

  • Example

    The smell of fresh bread drew me into the bakery.

  • Example

    The game ended in a draw.

  • Example

    The new art exhibit is expected to draw a large crowd.

draw Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for draw

Phrases with draw

  • to set a limit on what you will do or accept


    I don't mind helping out, but I draw the line at working overtime without pay.

  • to be unable to remember or think of something


    I tried to remember his name, but I drew a blank.

  • to form an opinion or decision based on evidence or information


    After reviewing all the facts, I was able to draw a conclusion about what happened.

Origins of draw

from Old English 'dragan', meaning 'to drag'


Summary: draw in Brief

The verb 'draw' [drɔː] can mean to create a picture with a pencil or pen, to attract people or things, or to end a game without a winner. It can also be used in phrases like 'draw the line,' meaning to set limits, and 'draw a blank,' meaning to forget something. Formal synonyms include 'depict' and 'attract,' while informal ones include 'sketch out' and 'pull in.'

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