draw

At the cartooning contest, you could draw out your pen and draw a narwhal, and the competition could still end in a draw. The meanings of draw include "to pull gently" and "to sketch" and "an even score".

The original meaning of draw comes from the Old English dragan, "drag." This meaning is still common today, like when you draw the curtains shut or when a horse draws a carriage through Central Park. The most common way to use the verb draw is to mean "produce an image using lines," which came from the idea of drawing a pen or pencil across paper. Occasionally, draw gets confused with drawer, a noun meaning "a compartment that slides out."

Definitions of draw
  1. verb
    cause to move by pulling
    draw a wagon”
    synonyms: force, pull
    pull
    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
    pull
    cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
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    force, push
    move with force
    push
    press against forcefully without moving
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    twitch
    move or pull with a sudden motion
    pull back
    move to a rearward position; pull towards the back
    adduct
    draw a limb towards the body
    abduct
    pull away from the body
    stretch
    pull in opposite directions
    pick, pluck, plunk
    pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
    tug
    pull or strain hard at
    drag
    pull, as against a resistance
    cart, drag, hale, haul
    draw slowly or heavily
    attract, draw in, pull, pull in
    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
    jerk, yank
    pull, or move with a sudden movement
    winch
    pull or lift up with or as if with a winch
    pick off, pluck, pull off, tweak
    pull or pull out sharply
    pull back
    stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)
    skitter
    twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
    twang
    pluck (strings of an instrument)
    tug
    pull hard
    pull along, schlep, shlep
    pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance
    trail, train
    drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
    bouse, bowse
    haul with a tackle
    arrest, catch, get
    attract and fix
    draw in, retract
    pull inward or towards a center
    tweeze
    pluck with tweezers
    bring
    attract the attention of
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
    synonyms: pull
    force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    move or pull so as to cover or uncover something
    draw the shades”
    draw the curtains”
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    close, shut
    move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
  4. verb
    bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
    draw a weapon”
    synonyms: get out, pull, pull out, take out
    pull
    take away
    draw out, extract, pull, pull out, pull up, take out
    remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
    take out
    take liquid out of a container or well
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    unsheathe
    draw from a sheath or scabbard
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  5. verb
    take liquid out of a container or well
    “She drew water from the barrel”
    synonyms: take out
    get out, pull, pull out, take out
    bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
    draw off, take out, withdraw
    remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
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    milk
    take milk from female mammals
    pump
    draw or pour with a pump
    siphon, siphon off, syphon
    convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon
    sluice
    draw through a sluice
    tap
    draw (liquor) from a tap
    suck
    draw something in by or as if by a vacuum
    rack
    draw off from the lees
    deglycerolise, deglycerolize
    remove from glycerol
    strip
    draw the last milk (of cows)
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  6. verb
    move or go steadily or gradually
    “The ship drew near the shore”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  7. verb
    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”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  8. verb
    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, draw in, pull, pull in
    draw in, retract
    pull inward or towards a center
    curl, curl up, draw in
    shape one's body into a curl
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    beat back, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse
    cause to move back by force or influence
    drive
    cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
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    tug
    pull hard
    arrest, catch, get
    attract and fix
    draw in, retract
    pull inward or towards a center
    bring
    attract the attention of
    introvert, invaginate
    fold inwards
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    force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
  9. verb
    get or derive
    “He drew great benefits from his membership in the association”
    synonyms: reap
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    type of:
    derive, gain
    obtain
  10. verb
    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”
    Synonyms:
    reap
    get or derive
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  11. verb
    cause to flow
    “The nurse drew blood”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  12. verb
    cause to localize at one point
    Draw blood and pus”
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    mature, suppurate
    cause to ripen and discharge pus
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    localise, localize
    restrict something to a particular area
  13. verb
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
    “She drew an elephant”
    Draw me a horse”
    Synonyms:
    delineate, describe, line, trace
    make a mark or lines on a surface
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    pencil
    write, draw, or trace with a pencil
    delineate, limn, outline
    trace the shape of
    rule
    mark or draw with a ruler
    chalk
    write, draw, or trace with chalk
    project
    draw a projection of
    crayon
    write, draw, or trace with a crayon
    check, checker, chequer
    mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
    charcoal
    draw, trace, or represent with charcoal
    doodle
    make a doodle; draw aimlessly
    diagram, plot
    make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
    cartoon
    draw cartoons of
    fill in, shade
    represent the effect of shade or shadow on
    chalk out, sketch
    make a sketch of
    lipstick
    form by tracing with lipstick
    contour
    form the contours of
    crosshatch
    shade with multiple crossing lines
    graph
    plot upon a graph
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    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
  14. verb
    make a mark or lines on a surface
    draw a line”
    synonyms: delineate, describe, line, trace
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    construct
    draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
    inscribe
    draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
    circumscribe
    draw a line around
    circumscribe
    draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
    write
    mark or trace on a surface
    dot
    make a dot or dots
    stenograph
    write in shorthand
    calligraph
    write beautifully and ornamentally
    cross
    trace a line through or across
    superscribe
    write on the outside or upper part of
    superscribe
    write on the top or outside
    capitalise, capitalize
    write in capital letters
    letter
    mark letters on or mark with letters
    print
    write as if with print; not cursive
    scrawl, scribble
    write carelessly
    copy
    copy down as is
    impress, print
    reproduce by printing
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    mark
    make or leave a mark on
  15. verb
    engage in drawing
    “He spent the day drawing in the garden”
    Synonyms:
    delineate, describe, line, trace
    make a mark or lines on a surface
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    create
    pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity
  16. verb
    make, formulate, or derive in the mind
    “I draw a line here”
    draw a conclusion”
    draw parallels”
    synonyms: make
    make
    calculate as being
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    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  17. verb
    give a description of
    “He drew an elaborate plan of attack”
    synonyms: depict, describe
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    represent
    describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
    delineate
    describe in vivid detail
    adumbrate, outline, sketch
    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
    symbolise, symbolize
    represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
    actualise, actualize
    represent or describe realistically
    block out
    indicate roughly
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    exposit, expound, set forth
    state
  18. verb
    write a legal document or paper
    “The deed was drawn in the lawyer's office”
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    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
  19. verb
    take in, also metaphorically
    “She drew strength from the minister's words”
    synonyms: absorb, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in, take up
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    mop, mop up, wipe up
    to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
    blot
    dry (ink) with blotting paper
    sponge up
    absorb as if with a sponge
    swab, swob
    wash with a swab or a mop
    sponge
    soak up with a sponge
  20. verb
    suck in or take (air)
    draw a deep breath”
    draw on a cigarette”
    synonyms: drag, puff
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    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
  21. verb
    select or take in from a given group or region
    “The participants in the experiment were drawn from a representative population”
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  22. verb
    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: draw off, take out, withdraw
    take out
    take liquid out of a container or well
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    bank, deposit
    put into a bank account
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    check out, cheque
    withdraw money by writing a check
    dip
    take a small amount from
    divert, hive off
    withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions
    overdraw
    draw more money from than is available
    tap
    draw from or dip into to get something
    disinvest, divest
    reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  23. verb
    allow a draft
    “This chimney draws very well”
    Synonyms:
    take out
    take liquid out of a container or well
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  24. verb
    require a specified depth for floating
    “This boat draws 70 inches”
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    ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
    require as useful, just, or proper
  25. verb
    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: draw and quarter, quarter
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    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  26. verb
    thread on or as if on a string
    “the child drew glass beads on a string”
    synonyms: string, thread
    guide, pass, run
    pass over, across, or through
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    bead
    string together like beads
    wire
    string on a wire
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  27. verb
    pass over, across, or through
    “He drew her hair through his fingers”
    synonyms: guide, pass, run
    string, thread
    thread on or as if on a string
    lead, run
    cause something to pass or lead somewhere
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    rub
    move over something with pressure
    thread
    pass through or into
    thread
    pass a thread through
    brush
    rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
    pumice
    rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen
    gauge
    rub to a uniform size
    puree, strain
    rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
    rosin
    rub rosin onto
    sponge down, sponge off
    clean with a sponge, by rubbing
    worry
    touch or rub constantly
    scour, scrub
    clean with hard rubbing
    abrade, scour
    rub hard or scrub
    blur, smear, smudge, smutch
    make a smudge on; soil by smudging
    grate, scrape
    scratch repeatedly
    pass over, wipe
    rub with a circular motion
    grate
    reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
  28. verb
    contract
    “The material drew after it was washed in hot water”
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    cockle, crumple, knit, pucker, rumple
    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  29. verb
    reduce the diameter of (a wire or metal rod) by pulling it through a die
    draw wire”
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    thin
    make thin or thinner
  30. verb
    flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching
    draw steel”
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  31. verb
    stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)
    “The archers were drawing their bows”
    synonyms: pull back
    pull back
    move to a rearward position; pull towards the back
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    stretch
    pull in opposite directions
  32. verb
    earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
    “He drew a base on balls”
    synonyms: get
  33. verb
    steep; pass through a strainer
    draw pulp from the fruit”
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    infuse, steep
    let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse
  34. verb
    remove the entrails of
    draw a chicken”
    synonyms: disembowel, eviscerate
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  35. noun
    the act of drawing or hauling something
    synonyms: haul, haulage
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    tow, towage
    the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope
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    pull, pulling
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
  36. noun
    an entertainer who attracts large audiences
    “he was the biggest drawing card they had”
    synonyms: attracter, attraction, attractor, drawing card
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    entertainer
    a person who tries to please or amuse
  37. verb
    finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
    “The teams drew a tie”
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    equal, equalise, equalize, equate, match
    make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching
  38. noun
    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
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    dead heat
    a tie in a race
    stalemate
    drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check
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    finish
    designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
  39. verb
    choose at random
    draw a card”
    synonyms: cast
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    go, move
    have a turn; make one's move in a game
  40. noun
    anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
    “the luck of the draw
    “they drew lots for it”
    synonyms: lot
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    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  41. noun
    a playing card or cards dealt or taken from the pack
    “he got a pair of kings in the draw
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    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
  42. noun
    poker in which a player can discard cards and receive substitutes from the dealer
    “he played only draw and stud”
    synonyms: draw poker
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    poker, poker game
    any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
  43. noun
    a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
    synonyms: hook, hooking
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    golf shot, golf stroke, swing
    the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
  44. noun
    (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
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    run, running, running game, running play
    (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
  45. noun
    a gully that is shallower than a ravine
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    gully
    a deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour)
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