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draw (see also DRAWN; 8 is not pre-S.)
1. intr. to pull a vehicle, fig. applied to acting in concert Troil. V. v. 44 “we together,” Oth. IV. i. 68 “Think every bearded fellow that's but yok'd May with you.”
2. to bend (a bow), pull back (an arrow) on the string (freq.); also absol. Tit. IV. iii. 3 “Look ye home enough,” 63 “Now, masters, draw.”
3. intr. to draw the bow across a fiddle Ado V. i. 131.
4. (of a ship) to displace so much water (absol.) Troil. II. iii. 280 “greater hulks draw deep.”
6. to withdraw 2H4 II. i. 166 “Go, wash thy face, and draw thy action,” 3H6 V. i. 25, H8 V. iv. 62, Cym. IV. iii. 24*.
7. =‘draw liquor,’ be a drawer Wiv. I. iii. 11.
8. to receive (money), to win (a stake) Mer.V. IV. i. 87, Wint. I. ii. 248 “the rich stake drawn,” Ham. IV. v. 141 (fig.), Lr. I. i. 87 “to A third more opulent than your sisters.”
9. to bring (something into a person's hands) Lr. III. iii. 24, Cym. III. iii. 18 “Draws us a profit.”
10. to disembowel (usu. quibblingly) Meas. II. i. 221 (cf. sense 7), Ado III. ii. 22, John II. i. 504.
11. to write out, frame, compose MND. I. ii. 108, Mer.V. IV. i. 395, Shr. II. i. 127, R3 V. iii. 24.
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