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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

1: Ἀναβιβάζω (Strong'S #307 — Verb — anabibazo — an-ab-ee-bad'-zo )

a causal form of anabaino, "to go up," denotes, lit., "to make go up, cause to ascend" (ana, "up," bibazo, "to cause to mount"), hence, "to draw a boat up on land,"  Matthew 13:48 .

2: Ἑλκύω (Strong'S #1670 — Verb — helko — hel-koo'-o, hel'-ko )

is translated "to draw" in the AV, of  Acts 21:30;  James 2:6; see Drag , No. 2.

3: Σύρω (Strong'S #4951 — verb — suro — soo'-ro )

see Drag , No. 1.

4: Σπάω (Strong'S #4685 — Verb — spao — spah'-o )

"to draw or pull," is used, in the Middle Voice, of "drawing" a sword from its sheath,  Mark 14:47;  Acts 16:27 .

5: Ἀνασπάω (Strong'S #385 — Verb — anaspao — an-as-pah'-o )

ana, "up," and No. 4, "to draw up," is used of "drawing" up an animal out of a pit,  Luke 14:5 (RV, "draw up;" AV, "pull out"), and of the "drawing" up of the sheet into heaven, in the vision in   Acts 11:10 .

6: Ἀποσπάω (Strong'S #645 — Verb — apospao — ap-os-pah'-o )

apo, "from," and No. 4, "to draw away," lit., "to wrench away from," is used of a sword,  Matthew 26:51; of "drawing" away disciples into error,  Acts 20;30; of Christ's "withdrawal" from the disciples, in Gethsemane,  Luke 22:41 , AV, "was withdrawn," RV, "was parted" (or "was reft away from them"); of "parting" from a company,  Acts 21:1 (AV, "were gotten," RV, "were parted"). See Get , Part.

7: Ἀντλέω (Strong'S #501 — Verb — antleo — ant-leh'-o )

signified, primarily, "to draw out a ship's bilgewater, to bale or pump out" (from antlos, "bilge-water"), hence, "to draw water" in any way (ana, "up," and a root, tel---, "to lift, bear"),  John 2:8,9;  4:7,15 .

 John 4:11

8: Ἐξέλκω (Strong'S #1828 — Verb — exelko — ex-el'-ko )

ek, "out of," and No. 2, "to draw away, or lure forth," is used metaphorically in  James 1:14 , of being "drawn away" by lust. As in hunting or fishing the game is "lured" from its haunt, so man's lust "allures" him from the safety of his self-restraint.

9: Ἀνατάσσομαι (Strong'S #392 — Verb — anatassomai — an-at-as'-som-ahee )

"to arrange in order," is used in  Luke 1:1; RV, "to draw up" (some interpret the word to mean to "bring together" from memory assisted by the Holy Spirit).

10: Ἐγγίζω (Strong'S #1448 — Verb — engizo — eng-id'-zo )

"to come near, draw nigh" (akin to engus, "near"), is translated by the verb "draw near or nigh," in the RV,  Luke 12:33 , AV, "approacheth;"  Hebrews 10:25 , AV, "approaching;"  Luke 18:35;  19:29,37;  Acts 22:6 , AV, "was come nigh;"  Luke 7:12 , "came nigh;"  Acts 9:3 , "came near." See Approach.

11: Προσέρχομαι (Strong'S #4334 — Verb — proserchomai — pros-er'-khom-ahee )

is translated "draw near" in  Hebrews 4:16;  7:25 , RV,  Hebrews 10:22 , AV and RV; in  Acts 7:31 , "drew near." See Come , Go.

12: Προσάγω (Strong'S #4317 — Verb — prosago — pros-ag'-o )

used transitively, "to bring to;" intransitively, "to draw near," is so rendered in  Acts 27:27 . See Bring.

13: Ὑποστέλλω (Strong'S #5288 — Verb — hupostello — hoop-os-tel'-lo )

"to draw back, withdraw," perhaps a metaphor from lowering a sail and so slackening the course, and hence of being remiss in holding the truth; in the Active Voice, rendered "drew back" in  Galatians 2:12 , RV (AV, "withdrew"); in the Middle, in  Hebrews 10:38 , "shrink back" RV (AV, "draw back"); the prefix hupo, "underneath," is here suggestive of stealth. In ver. 39 the corresponding noun, hupostole, is translated "of them that shrinking back"). In  Acts 20:20,27 , "shrank," RV. See Keep , Note (6), SHRINK, Shun , Withdraw.

14: Ἀφίστημι (Strong'S #868 — Verb — aphistemi — af-is'-tay-mee )

see Depart , A, No. 20.

15: Γίνομαι (Strong'S #1096 — Verb — ginomai — ghin'-om-ahee )

"to become, begin to be," is translated "drawing nigh," in  John 6:19 . See Become.

16: Ἐπιφώσκω (Strong'S #2020 — Verb — epihosko — ep-ee-foce'-ko )

"to dawn" (lit., "to make to shine upon"), is said of the approach of the Sabbath,  Luke 23:54 (marg., "began to dawn"); cp.   Matthew 28:1 . See Dawn , A, No. 3.

 Mark 6:53 Acts 19:33Bring

King James Dictionary [2]

DRAW, pret. drew pp. drawn. L. It is only a dialectical spelling of drag, which see.

1. To pull along to haul to cause to move forward by force applied in advance of the thing moved or at the fore-end, as by a rope or chain. It differs from drag only in this, that drag is more generally applied to things moved along the ground by sliding, or moved with greater toil or difficulty, and draw is applied to all bodies moved by force in advance, whatever may be the degree of force. Draw is the more general or generic term, and drag, more specific. We say, the horses draw a coach or wagon, but they drag it through mire yet draw is properly used in both cases. 2. To pull out, as to draw a sword or dagger from its sheath to unsheathe. Hence, to draw the sword, is to wage war. 3. To bring by compulsion to cause to come.

Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seat?  James 2 .

4. To pull up or out to raise from any depth as, to draw water from a well. 5. To suck as, to draw the breasts. 6. To attract to cause to move or tend towards itself as a magnet or other attracting body is said to draw it. 7. To attract to cause to turn towards itself to engage as, a beauty or a popular speaker draws the eyes of an assembly, or draws their attention. 8. To inhale to take air into the lungs as, there I first drew air I draw the sultry air. 9. To pull or take from a spit, as a piece of meat. 10. To take from a cask or vat to cause or to suffer a liquid to run out a, to draw wine or cider. 11. To take a liquid form the body to let out as, to draw blood or water. 12. To take from an over as, to draw bread. 13. To cause to slide as a curtain, either in closing or unclosing to open or unclose and discover, or to close and conceal. To draw the curtain is used in both sense. 14. To extract as, to draw spirit from grain or juice. 15. To produce to bring, as an agent or efficient cause usually followed by a modifying word as, piety draws down blessings crimes draw down vengeance vice draws on us many temporal evils war draws after it a train of calamities. 16. To move gradually or slowly to extend.

They drew themselves more westerly.

17. To lengthen to extend in length.

How long her face is drawn.

In some similes, men draw their comparisons into minute particulars of no importance.

18. To utter in a lingering manner as, to draw a groan. 19. To run or extend, by marking or forming as, to draw a line on paper, or a line of circumvallation. Hence, 20. To represent by lines drawn on a plain surface to form a picture or image as, to draw the figure of man to draw the face. Hence, 21. To describe to represent by words as, the orator drew an admirable picture of human misery. 22. To represent in fancy to image in the mind. 23. To derive to have or receive from some source, cause or donor as, to draw the rudiments of science from a civilized nation to draw consolation from divine promises. 24. To deduce as, to draw arguments from facts, or inferences from circumstantial evidence. 25. To allure to entice to lead by persuasion or moral influence to excite to motion.

Draw me we will run after thee. Song of  Song of Solomon 1 .

Men shall arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Acts 20 .

26. To lead, as a motive to induce to move.

My purposes do draw me much about.

27. To induce to persuade to attract towards in a very general sense. 28. To win to gain a metaphor from gaming. 29. To receive or take, as from a fund as, to draw money from a bank or from stock in trade. 30. To bear to produce as, a bond or note draws interest from its date. 31. To extort to force out as, his eloquence drew tears from the audience to draw sighs or groans. 32. To wrest to distort as, to draw the scriptures to ones fancy. 33. To compose to write in due form to form in writing as, to draw a bill of exchange to draw a deed or will. 34. To take out of a box or wheel, as tickets in a lottery. We say, to draw a lottery, or to draw a number in the lottery. 35. To receive or gain by drawing as, to draw a prize. We say also, a number draws a prize or a blank, when it is drawn at the same time. 36. To extend to stretch as, to draw wine to draw a piece of metal by beating, &c. 37. To sink into the water or to require a certain depth of water for floating as, a ship draws fifteen feet of water. 38. To bend as, to draw the bow.  Isaiah 66 . 39. To eviscerate to pull out the bowels as, to draw poultry. 40. To withdraw. Not used.

To draw back, to receive back, as duties on goods for exportation.

To draw in,

1. To collect to apply to any purpose by violence.

A dispute, in which every thing is drawn in, to give color to the argument.

2. To contract to pull to a smaller compass to pull back as, to draw int he reins. 3. To entice, allure or inveigle as, to draw in others to support a measure.

To draw off,

1. To draw form or away also, to withdraw to abstract as, to draw off the mind from vain amusements. 2. To draw or take from to cause to flow from as, to draw off wine or cider from a vessel. 3. To extract by distillation.

To draw on,

1. To allure to entice to persuade or cause to follow.

The reluctant may be drawn on by kindness or caresses.

2. To occasion to invite to bring on to cause.

Under color of war, which either his negligence drew on, or his practices procured, he levied a subsidy.

To draw over,

1. To raise, or cause to come over, as in a still. 2. To persuade or induce to revolt from an opposing party, and to join ones own party. Some men may be drawn over by interest others by fear.

To draw out,

1. To lengthen to stretch by force to extend. 2. To beat or hammer out to extend or spread by beating, as a metal. 3. To lengthen in time to protract to cause to continue.

Thy unkindness shall his death draw out to lingering sufferance.

Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?  Psalms 84 .

4. To cause to issue forth to draw off as liquor from a cask. 5. To extract, as the spirit of a substance. 6. To bring forth to pump out, by questioning or address to cause to be declared, or brought to light as, to draw out facts from a witness. 7. To induce by motive to call forth.

This was an artifice to draw out from us an accusation.

8. To detach to separate from the main body as, to draw out a file or part of men. 9. To range in battle to array in a line.

To draw together, to collect or be collected.

To draw up,

1. To raise to lift to elevate. 2. To form in order of battle to array. 3. To compose in due form, as a writing to form in writing as, to draw up a deed to draw up a paper.

In this use, it is often more elegant to omit the modifying word. See No. 33.


1. To pull to exert strength in drawing. We say, a horse or an ox draws well. 2. To act as a weight.

Watch the bias of the mind, that it may not draw too much.

3. To shrink to contract into a smaller compass. 4. To move to advance. The day draws towards evening. 5. To be filled or inflated with wind, so as to press on and advance a ship in her course as, the sails draw. 6. To unsheathe a sword. His love drew to defend him. In this phrase, sword is understood. 7. To use or practice the art of delineating figures as, he draws with exactness. 8. To collect the matter of an ulcer or abscess to cause to suppurate to excite to inflammation, maturation and discharge as, an epispastic draws well.

To draw back,

1. To retire to move back to withdraw. 2. To renounce the faith to apostatize.  Hebrews 10 .

To draw near or nigh, to approach to come near.

To draw off, to retire to retreat as, the company drew off by degrees.

To draw on,

1. To advance to approach as, the day draws on. 2. To gain on to approach in pursuit as, the ship drew on the chase. 3. To demand payment by an order or bill, called a draught.

He drew on his factor for the amount of the shipment.

You may draw on me for the expenses of your journey.

To draw up, to form in regular order as, the troops drew up in front of the palace the fleet drew up in a semicircle.

Draw, in most of its uses, retains some shade of its original sense, to pull, to move forward by the application of force in advance, or to extend in length. And Johnson justly observes, that it expresses an action gradual or continuous, and leisurely. We pour liquor quick, but we draw it in a continued stream. We force compliance by threats, but we draw it by gradual prevalence. We write a letter with haste, but we draw a bill with slow caution, and regard to a precise form. We draw a bar of metal by continued beating.

DRAW, n.

1. The act of drawing. 2. The lot or chance drawn.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): ( v. i.) To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.

(2): ( v. t.) To cause to come out for one's use or benefit; to extract; to educe; to bring forth; as: (a) To bring or take out, or to let out, from some receptacle, as a stick or post from a hole, water from a cask or well, etc.

(3): ( v. i.) To make a draft or written demand for payment of money deposited or due; - usually with on or upon.

(4): ( v. i.) To move; to come or go; literally, to draw one's self; - with prepositions and adverbs; as, to draw away, to move off, esp. in racing, to get in front; to obtain the lead or increase it; to draw back, to retreat; to draw level, to move up even (with another); to come up to or overtake another; to draw off, to retire or retreat; to draw on, to advance; to draw up, to form in array; to draw near, nigh, or towards, to approach; to draw together, to come together, to collect.

(5): ( v. i.) To become contracted; to shrink.

(6): ( v. i.) To perform the act, or practice the art, of delineation; to sketch; to form figures or pictures.

(7): ( v. i.) To unsheathe a weapon, especially a sword.

(8): ( v. i.) To have draught, as a chimney, flue, or the like; to furnish transmission to smoke, gases, etc.

(9): ( v. i.) To have efficiency as an epispastic; to act as a sinapism; - said of a blister, poultice, etc.

(10): ( v. i.) To exert an attractive force; to act as an inducement or enticement.

(11): ( v. i.) To draw a liquid from some receptacle, as water from a well.

(12): ( v. i.) 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.

(13): ( v. t.) To trace by scent; to track; - a hunting term.

(14): ( v. t.) To withdraw.

(15): ( v. t.) To require (so great a depth, as of water) for floating; - said of a vessel; to sink so deep in (water); as, a ship draws ten feet of water.

(16): ( v. t.) To write in due form; to prepare a draught of; as, to draw a memorial, a deed, or bill of exchange.

(17): ( v. t.) To represent by lines drawn; to form a sketch or a picture of; to represent by a picture; to delineate; hence, to represent by words; to depict; to describe.

(18): ( v. t.) To run, extend, or produce, as a line on any surface; hence, also, to form by marking; to make by an instrument of delineation; to produce, as a sketch, figure, or picture.

(19): ( v. t.) To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch; to extend, as a mass of metal into wire.

(20): ( v. t.) To take into the lungs; to inhale; to inspire; hence, also, to utter or produce by an inhalation; to heave.

(21): ( v. t.) To extract the bowels of; to eviscerate; as, to draw a fowl; to hang, draw, and quarter a criminal.

(22): ( v. t.) To drain by emptying; to suck dry.

(23): ( v. t.) To remove the contents of

(24): ( v. t.) To select by the drawing of lots.

(25): ( v. t.) To take from a box or wheel, as a lottery ticket; to receive from a lottery by the drawing out of the numbers for prizes or blanks; hence, to obtain by good fortune; to win; to gain; as, he drew a prize.

(26): ( v. t.) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, or the like; as, to draw money from a bank.

(27): ( v. t.) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.

(28): ( v. t.) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.

(29): ( v. t.) To pull from a sheath, as a sword.

(30): ( n.) That which is drawn or is subject to drawing.

(31): ( v. t.) To influence to move or tend toward one's self; to exercise an attracting force upon; to call towards itself; to attract; hence, to entice; to allure; to induce.

(32): ( v. t.) To cause to move continuously by force applied in advance of the thing moved; to pull along; to haul; to drag; to cause to follow.

(33): ( n.) A lot or chance to be drawn.

(34): ( n.) A drawn game or battle, etc.

(35): ( n.) The spin or twist imparted to a ball, or the like, by a drawing stroke.

(36): ( n.) The result of drawing, or state of being drawn;

(37): ( v. t.) To leave (a contest) undecided; as, the battle or game was drawn.

(38): ( v. t.) To throw up (the stone) gently.

(39): ( v. t.) To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left.

(40): ( v. t.) To play (a short-length ball directed at the leg stump) with an inclined bat so as to deflect the ball between the legs and the wicket.

(41): ( n.) That part of a bridge which may be raised, swung round, or drawn aside; the movable part of a drawbridge. See the Note under Drawbridge.

(42): ( n.) The act of drawing; draught.

(43): ( n.) A drawn battle, game, or the like.

(44): ( v. t.) To strike (the cue ball) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball.

(45): ( v. i.) To admit the action of pulling or dragging; to undergo draught; as, a carriage draws easily.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [4]

 John 12:32 (a) This word is used throughout the Scripture to indicate an unseen power which pulls men by an irresistible force either to do good or to do evil. (See  Song of Solomon 1:4). The context will always indicate whether the power is from GOD, or from some evil source. In some cases, it refers to an actual physical act, as in2Ch  5:9. This should be contrasted with  Exodus 25:15 where Israel was instructed not to draw out the staves from the ark. In the time of Exodus, the ark was in transit, Israel was traveling from place to place, and this may represent the vacillating life of most Christians. In2Chronicles, however, the ark was in its final resting place in the temple of GOD, and it was to be carried about no more. This may be taken to represent the position of consecration in which the believer hands himself, his body, soul and spirit over to the Holy Spirit to wander no more, but to walk only with GOD.