draw

\ \ [OE] The Old English ancestor of modern English draw was dragan, which came from a prehistoric Germanic verb *dragan (source also of English drag). This seems to have meant originally ‘carry’ (which is what its German and Dutch descendants tragen and dragen still mean). In English and the Scandinavian languages, however (Swedish draga, for instance), it has evolved to ‘pull’. ‘Sketch’, perhaps the word’s most common modern English sense, developed in Middle English from the notion of ‘drawing’ or ‘pulling’ a pencil, brush, etc across a surface. Draywagon’ [14] is related to, and perhaps originally came from, Old English dragan.
\ \ Cf.DRAG, DRAUGHT, DRAY

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  • Draw — Draw, v. i. 1. To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling; as, a horse draws well; the sails of a ship draw well. [1913 Webster] Note: A sail is said to draw when it is filled with wind. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draw — [drɔː ǁ drɒː] verb drew PASTTENSE [druː] drawn PASTPART [drɔːn ǁ drɒːn] [transitive] BANKING 1. also draw out to take money from your bank account …   Financial and business terms

  • draw — [drô] vt. drew, drawn, drawing [ME drawen < OE dragan, akin to ON draga, to drag, Ger tragen, to bear, carry < IE base * dherāgh , to pull, draw along > L trahere, to pull, draw] I indicating traction 1. to make move toward one or along… …   English World dictionary

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