What does ‘draw’ mean?

The word ‘draw’ can mean many different things. As a verb, some meanings include produce a picture or drag an object.

For example:

  • 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 (retreat)
  • Draw in (pull towards)
  • Draw into (attract)
  • Draw out (make something longer than needed)
  • Draw up (prepare a plan)
  • Draw upon (use your knowledge, skills, strength etc.)
phrasal verbs with draw

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘draw’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with draw - draw back
phrasal verbs with draw - draw in
phrasal verbs with draw - draw into
phrasal verbs with draw - draw out
phrasal verbs with draw - draw up
phrasal verbs with draw - draw upon

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with draw below.

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