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
    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.

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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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