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American English: /drɔ/
British English: /drɔː/

Translation of draw in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense drew past participle drawn

  • 1 1.1 (move by pulling) (curtains/drapes/bolt)
    (open) descorrer
    (shut) correr
    I drew my belt tighter
    me apreté más el cinturón
    Example sentences
    • She pulled the heavy window shut, drew the curtains, and fell sleepily onto the bed.
    • I switched off my bedside lamp and drew open the curtains.
    • She drew open the shower curtain and closed the shower.
    1.2 (in specified direction) draw your chair up to the table
    acerca or arrima la silla a la mesa
    he drew his cloak about him
    se envolvió bien en la capa
    he drew her aside or to one side
    la llevó a un lado
    la llevó aparte
    her hair was drawn back into a bun
    llevaba el pelo recogido en un moño
    1.3 (pull along)
    tirar de
    the cart was drawn by a horse
    un caballo tiraba del carro
    Example sentences
    • He introduced ambulances volantes, light, two-wheeled, sprung vehicles, drawn by two horses, for the rapid evacuation of the wounded.
    • Behind him, drawn by two milky oxen, was a cart laid with cloth of purple.
    • The peasant I had seen on my way to Evora that morning, trudging a field behind a hand-plough drawn by a pair of bullocks, might have been his father.
  • 2 (bring to specified state) the chairman drew the meeting to a close
    el presidente dio por terminada la reunión
    it has been drawn to my attention that …
    se me ha señalado que …
  • 3 3.1 (pull out)
    extraer [formal]
    to draw water (from a well)
    sacar agua (de un pozo)
    he drew a $100 bill out of or from his wallet
    sacó un billete de 100 dólares de su cartera
    Example sentences
    • The structure of heavily drawn wire or rolled sheet consists of very long interlocking grains.
    • Aluminum wire, drawn from rolled rod, may be stranded into cable of any desired size and type.
    Example sentences
    • A violent row broke out between the four men at which stage the two attackers drew Samurai swords and attempted to slash their victims.
    • Cecil quickly drew his other sword, and took a defensive stance.
    • And he drew off the contents of the cyst with a needle.
    3.2 (cause to flow) to draw blood
    sacar sangre
    hacer sangrar
    to draw breath
    Example sentences
    • The oil container draws the oil into the wicks so they will burn continuously.
    • As the tall man walked over to Shacago, the nurse drew some almost translucent liquid out of a bottle and into a thick needle.
    • Vacuum filters often use cloth or wire screen to hold the solids as the liquid is drawn through.
    3.3 (Games)
    she drew the winning number (participant)
    sacó el número ganador
    extrajo el número ganador
    Example sentences
    • The player who drew the trump card keeps it and begins phase two.
    • The declarer then draws an equal number of cards from the top of the heap, including the face-up trump card if the contract is vuelta.
    • Any player who draws a card of the trump rank during the deal may place it face up on the table, and its suit then becomes trumps for the hand.
    Example sentences
    • He lost twice and drew three games to finish a distant 31st with 7.5 points.
    • Passage won five of the six games played and drew the other.
    • Yorkshire showed several changes from the side which drew their Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford last week.
    3.4 (in contest, tournament) Italy has been drawn to play France
    a Italia le ha tocado en el sorteo jugar contra Francia
  • 4 4.1 (Finance)
    percibir [formal]
    to draw money from or out of the bank
    retirar or sacar dinero del banco
    Example sentences
    • My mother has never paid a bill, written a cheque or drawn money from the bank in her life.
    • When so much importance and security is given to draw one's own money from a bank, why not show similar care for one's health?
    • What is interesting is that all private sector industries are being run with money drawn from publicly owned banks.
    4.2 (derive)
    the painting draws its inspiration from nature
    el cuadro se inspira en la naturaleza
    she drew comfort from the fact that …
    se consoló pensando que …
    they were drawn from all sections of society
    provenían de todos los sectores sociales
    Example sentences
    • These four talented musicians draw their inspiration from widely varied sources of music.
    • Historians now drew their inspiration from indigenous language sources and local colonial archives.
    • In contrast, civilization's three previous historic forms of government drew their power from different sources.
  • 5 (establish)
    he drew the conclusion that …
    llegó a or sacó la conclusión de que …
    there's a lesson to be drawn from all this
    de todo esto podemos sacar una lección or aprender algo
    Example sentences
    • It depends upon inferences to be drawn from various circumstances.
    • So Rushton's use of this data to draw the conclusions he reaches about hereditability is sound in my opinion.
    • I can see that there could be circumstances where one would draw that conclusion.
    Example sentences
    • In my view, the law draws a clear distinction between fiduciary duties and other duties that may be owed by a person in a fiduciary position.
    • Third, if a distinction is to be drawn between the law as it applies to packaging and to advertisements, precisely where does one end and the other begin?
    • To make it clear, South Australia draws no such distinction.
  • 6 6.1 (attract)
    I was soon drawn into the argument
    pronto me vi envuelto en la discusión
    may I draw your attention to the fact that …
    permítanme señalarles que …
    to draw attention to oneself to be drawn to/toward somebody/something
    sentirse atraído por/hacia alguien/algo
    Example sentences
    • The monsters and other sci-fi characters are the attractions that draw people to our events, and help us raise money.
    • This eagerly anticipated annual event once again drew the crowds and this time there was the added attraction of an extra race on the town centre circuit.
    • Not only does he brew the tsipouro, he's also a talented singer, and was ‘in concert’ for guests one night, an event which also drew a large audience of locals.
    Example sentences
    • Not since the Getty Center has a new Los Angeles building attracted the attention drawn by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
    • Angelos caught her hand, which muted her thoughts and drew her attention instantly in alarm.
    • It glittered with the intensity of the sun, then brighter, drawing everyone's attention to her instead.
    6.2 (elicit)
    to draw tears/a smile from somebody
    hacer llorar/hacer sonreír a alguien
    we finally drew the story out of him
    finalmente logramos sonsacarle lo que había pasado
    I asked him about it, but he wouldn't be drawn
    se lo pregunté, pero se negó a decir nada
    Example sentences
    • I write to address criticisms drawn in response to my call for a secret ballot.
    • The exhibition drew such a strong response from visitors that Cartwright Hall decided to have a permanent collection of calligraphy from the Muslim world.
    • While the paragraph on the Holocaust draws the most emotional responses, other points have also sparked criticism.
  • 7 7.1 (sketch)
    Example sentences
    • Each picture was carefully drawn with pencil and then color was added, much as his mature artwork was done.
    • This is part of the Swindon Music Festival and children taking part have been asked to design and draw a picture that represents the festival.
    • Pictures must be drawn in pencil, black ink or charcoal so that they can be copied onto the front page.
    Example sentences
    • Dodger took another piece of paper and drew a cone with a wide base and a line near the bottom to show the ground; then near the top he put in a small circle connected to the cone by a line.
    • In one of his last cartoons for the paper, Sherffius drew a Republican elephant riding a pig representing pork-barrel projects.
    • When police gave him a sheet of paper, he drew a grand piano.
    Example sentences
    • He was an intelligent man and drew a line delineating that region of South Australia that experienced, by and large, reliable rainfall, from that which did not.
    • But to understand and analyze the overall debate, it is useful to draw the boundary lines with broad brushstrokes.
    • To help rectify this, Council will begin by redefining the city boundary - drawing a line beyond which transport and bulk services will not be offered.
    7.2 (describe) a well-drawn character
    un personaje bien perfilado
  • 9 (Nautical)the ship draws 25 feet of water
    el barco tiene un calado de 25 pies
    Example sentences
    • A Viking ship typically drew only about three feet of water and they were experts at sailing on rivers.
    • Vessels drawing 22.5 feet of water have also come direct to the quay.

intransitive verb past tense drew past participle drawn

  • 1 (move) to draw close to or near (to) something/somebody
    acercarse a algo/alguien
    she drew close to him
    se le acercó
    se acercó a él
    to draw to an end or a close
    finalizar [formal]
    as the year draws to an or its end or to a close
    al finalizar or concluir el año
    the train drew out of/into the station
    el tren salió de/entró en la estación
    to draw ahead of somebody/something
    adelantarse a alguien/algo
    to draw level with somebody/something
    alcanzar a alguien/algo
    the visiting team drew level after 15 minutes
  • 3
    (British) (Games, Sport)
    (in chess game) hacer tablas
    Arsenal drew with Spurs
    Arsenal empató con Spurs
    they drew three all
    empataron a tres
    empataron tres a tres
  • 4 (take in air)
    this pipe draws well/badly
    esta pipa tira bien/mal
    Example sentences
    • The chimney was drawing well and the smoke was quickly sucked out of the room.


  • 1 (raffle) a prize draw
    un sorteo de premios
    when will the draw take place? (British)
    ¿cuándo se efectuará el sorteo?
    Example sentences
    • There were 19 names in the draw and the lucky winner was Mariel Campion, Ballyhemmon.
    • ‘I'm happy to have got the win and got our names in the draw,’ said coach Gary Moorby after the victory.
    • This was followed by a random draw of names from the entire ship's company to work in that space.
  • 2 (tie) (Games, Sport) the game ended in a draw (Sport)
    el partido acabó en empate
    (in chess) la partida acabó en tablas
    Example sentences
    • This season the Berkshire club have lost only four times in 21 games, with seven wins and three draws from 13 league matches.
    • A short-rising ball from Farmer was unplayable by the batsman and the match ended as a draw with the scores tied.
    • But despite his efforts, it's not enough: the points are still even and the match is a draw.
    Example sentences
    • Four out of the six games have been draws and the pitch has become great to bat on even on the fifth day, as we saw a couple of years ago when New Zealand were here.
    • Pakistan needed to take ten wickets while India needed to make 358 runs on the final day to win or play out six hours to ensure that the game ended in a draw.
    • By this time, the game was certain to be a draw, with only four sessions of play left.
  • 5 (of handgun) he had or was the fastest draw in Texas
    era el pistolero más rápido de Texas
    to beat somebody to the draw
    sacar or desenfundar (la pistola) antes que alguien
    to be quick on the draw
    (with gun) ser rápido en desenfundar
    (with quip, retort) pescarlas al vuelo [colloquial]
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