draw on

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draw on (third-person singular simple present draws on, present participle drawing on, simple past drew on, past participle drawn on)

  1. (literally) To sketch or mark with pencil, crayon, etc., on a given surface.
  2. (also draw upon) To appeal to, make a demand of, rely on; to utilize or make use of, as a source.
    Without the proper resources, the young manager drew on his imagination to solve the crisis.
    • January 19 1782, Benjamin Franklin, letter to John Jay
      but I would have you draw on me for a Quarter at present which shall be paid
    The reporter drew heavily on interviews with former members of the secretive group.
    • 2011 January 29, Ian Hughes, “Southampton 1 - 2 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      Manchester United needed to draw on all their resources as they came from behind to beat Southampton and progress to the last 16 of the FA Cup.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record.
  3. To advance, continue; to move or pass slowly or continuously, as under a pulling force.
    As the day draws on, the oxen will begin to show fatigue.
  4. To approach, come nearer, as evening.
    Evening is drawing on; we'd better call it a day.
    In his bones, he sensed winter was drawing on sooner than usual.
  5. (transitive) To put on (a garment)


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