draw (v.)

"give motion to by the act of pulling," c. 1200, drauen, spelling alteration of Old English dragan "to drag, to draw, protract" (class VI strong verb; past tense drog, past participle dragen), from Proto-Germanic *draganan "to draw, pull" (source also of Old Norse draga "to draw, drag, pull," Old Saxon dragan "to carry," Old Frisian drega, draga, Middle Dutch draghen "to carry, bring, throw," Old High German tragan "carry, bring, lead," German tragen "to carry, bear"), from PIE root *dhregh- (see drag (v.)).

Sense of "make a line or figure" (by "drawing" a pencil across paper) is from c. 1200. Meaning "remove or extract (a weapon) by pulling" is from late 12c., originally of a sword. Sense of "to pull (a bowstring)" is from c. 1200. To draw a criminal (drag him at the tail of a horse to the place of execution) is from c. 1300.

Meaning "select one (from a number of lots, etc.)" is from c. 1300. Sense of "bring (a crowd, an audience, etc.) by inducement or attraction" is from 1580s. Of a ship or boat, "to displace (a specified amount) of water," 1550s. In card-playing, "to take or receive (a card)," by 1772; draw-poker is by 1850. To draw out "lengthen, protract" is from 1550s; to draw the line in the figurative sense of "make a limit" is by 1793. To draw blood is from c. 1400.

The difference between [Draw Poker] and Poker is, that the player can draw from the pack as many cards as he may wish,—not exceeding five,—which must be given him by the dealer; but previous to drawing he must take from his original hand the game number as he may wish to draw, and lay them in the centre of the table. ["Bohn's New Hand-Book of Games," Philadelphia, 1850]

draw (n.)

c. 1400, "act of pulling," from draw (v.). Meaning "game or contest that ends without a winner," is attested first in drawn match (1610s), but the signification is uncertain origin; some speculate it is from withdraw. Hence, as a verb, "to leave (a game, etc.) undecided," from 1837.

Colloquial sense of "anything that can draw a crowd" is from 1881 (from the verb in the related sense). 

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Definitions of draw
draw (v.)
cause to move by pulling;
draw a wagon
Synonyms: pull
draw (v.)
get or derive;
He drew great benefits from his membership in the association
Synonyms: reap
draw (v.)
make a mark or lines on a surface;
draw a line
Synonyms: trace / line / describe / delineate
draw (v.)
make, formulate, or derive in the mind;
draw parallels
I draw a line here
draw a conclusion
Synonyms: make
draw (v.)
bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover;
draw a weapon
Synonyms: pull / pull out / get out / take out
draw (v.)
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface;
She drew an elephant
draw (v.)
take liquid out of a container or well;
She drew water from the barrel
Synonyms: take out
draw (v.)
give a description of;
He drew an elaborate plan of attack
Synonyms: describe / depict
draw (v.)
select or take in from a given group or region;
The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population
draw (v.)
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
draw (v.)
suck in or take (air);
draw on a cigarette
draw a deep breath
Synonyms: puff / drag
draw (v.)
move or go steadily or gradually;
The ship drew near the shore
draw (v.)
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
draw (v.)
choose at random;
draw a card
Synonyms: cast
draw (v.)
earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher;
He drew a base on balls
Synonyms: get
draw (v.)
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
draw (v.)
cause to flow;
The nurse drew blood
draw (v.)
write a legal document or paper;
The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office
draw (v.)
engage in drawing;
He spent the day drawing in the garden
draw (v.)
move or pull so as to cover or uncover something;
draw the shades
draw the curtains
draw (v.)
allow a draft;
This chimney draws very well
draw (v.)
require a specified depth for floating;
This boat draws 70 inches
draw (v.)
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
draw (v.)
cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense;
Synonyms: pull
draw (v.)
take in, also metaphorically;
She drew strength from the minister's words
Synonyms: absorb / suck / imbibe / soak up / sop up / suck up / take in / take up
draw (v.)
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes;
The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers
Synonyms: attract / pull / pull in / draw in
draw (v.)
thread on or as if on a string;
the child drew glass beads on a string
Synonyms: string / thread
draw (v.)
stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow);
The archers were drawing their bows
Synonyms: pull back
draw (v.)
pass over, across, or through;
He drew her hair through his fingers
Synonyms: guide / run / pass
draw (v.)
finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.;
The teams drew a tie
Synonyms: tie
draw (v.)
The material drew after it was washed in hot water
draw (v.)
reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die;
draw wire
draw (v.)
steep; pass through a strainer;
draw pulp from the fruit
draw (v.)
remove the entrails of;
draw a chicken
Synonyms: disembowel / eviscerate
draw (v.)
flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching;
draw steel
draw (v.)
cause to localize at one point;
draw (n.)
a gully that is shallower than a ravine;
draw (n.)
an entertainer who attracts large audiences;
he was the biggest drawing card they had
Synonyms: drawing card / attraction / attractor / attracter
draw (n.)
the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided;
the game ended in a draw
Synonyms: standoff / tie
draw (n.)
anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random;
the luck of the draw
they drew lots for it
Synonyms: lot
draw (n.)
a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack;
he got a pair of kings in the draw
draw (n.)
a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer;
Synonyms: hook / hooking
draw (n.)
(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
draw (n.)
poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer;
he played only draw and stud
Synonyms: draw poker
draw (n.)
the act of drawing or hauling something;
Synonyms: haul / haulage