The word ‘draw‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, some meanings include produce a picture or drag an object.
- Reuben draws lovely pictures. (produce a picture)
- I’m going to the prom in a horse drawn carriage. (drag an object)
Draw is an irregular verb. The past tense is drew and the past participle is drawn.
phrasal verbs with draw
Phrasal verbs with ‘draw’ include:
- draw back
meaning – retreat/move backwards
example – The man drew back when he came across a snake in his path.
- draw in
meaning – pull towards
example – The band drew in a great crowd for their opening performance.
- draw into
meaning – attract someone or something
example – I’ve brightened up the window display. I want to draw more customers into the shop.
- draw out
meaning – make something longer than needed
example – I’ve got to seal 100 envelopes; I’m going to draw it out for the whole morning.
- draw up
meaning – prepare a contract, document, plan, list etc.
example – I’ll draw up the itinerary for our weekend in London, I don’t want to miss anything.
- draw upon
meaning – use your knowledge, skills, strength etc.
example – Tony drew upon his ICT skills to fix the broken computer.
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘draw’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
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