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Draw, v. Also: drawe, drau(e, drave. P.t. dreuch (dreuth), drewch, drewgh; drew(e, dreu, drev, drw(e. P.p. drawyn, -in, -en, dravin(g; drawne, draun; (y)draw. [ME. drawe, draȝe, early draȝen, OE. draᵹan, ON. draga.]

I. 1. tr. To pull with some strength or force; to drag.(a) 1375 Barb. xv. 277.
The kyng his schippis thar gert draw
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1964.
Tymbyr thare-till to drawe … he Gert mony oxin gadryd be
a1500 Seven S. 1778.
Wnder the myrour lyis wele lawe Mair gold than all the hors will drawe
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 170/4.
He will draw with him till his caif ane lyoun or a libberd
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. Prol. 32.
The hors quhilk drawis … The assiltrie and goldin chair of price Of Tytan
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 356.
The cappill … Sa curtasly the cart drawis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4847.
The carage hors that wald draw wanis & cartis
(b) 1375 Barb. iv. 372.
Thai … Vnder ane bra thair galay dreuch [E. drewch]
Ib. xix. 566.
Mony palȝeownys doun thai drew
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 669.
They drew the hors … Within the gret cite of Troye
Ib. 880.
Of [the] temple … Hectoris wyf … He dreugh
1517 Treas. Acc. V. 122.
To xiiij pynoris quhilk drew the artalȝar in the castel at the Kingis cuming to this toun
(c) c1420 Wynt. v. 4777.
This kerlyng gert this pape be drawyn A quhill wyth hors
Ib. vii. 546.
A grene tre fra the rote wes sawyn, And fra it a space wes drawyn
?1438 Alex. i. 3066.
He had leuer to be slane Or hangit, or with hors be drawin
1492 Myll Spect. 286/13.
He … maid … the said Egestus to be drawn all in pecis with four wyld horsis
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 518.
Ane cran drawin with viij oxin and ane hors
15.. Clar. iii. 1781.
Sir Thomas … was … damnit to be drawin ilke lith from uther
1585 James VI Ess. 62.
With other thre [steeds], quhilk Phaeton had dravvin

b. absol. To be engaged in dragging or hauling. Also fig. a1400 Leg. S. xvii. 277.
There [= thir] cysteris drev wele in a lyne. That this [= thus] endyt in a tyme
c1420 Wynt. i. 1619.
Hors he gert bath drwg and drawe
1456 Hay I. 240/1.
The ox may nocht wele drawe in the pleuche bot gif he have a falowe
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2742 (B).
His hors … he mone len to the laird To drug and draw in cairt and cariege
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 79.
When I gottin had ane grume, … Ȝaip,.and ȝing, in the ȝok ane ȝeir for to draw
1531 Bell. Boece II. 269.
I sall gar him draw like ane avir in ane cart
1536 Lynd. Answ. Flyting 28.
The day wyll cum, … That ȝe wyll draw at laiser with ȝour feiris
1558-66 Knox II. 369.
Ane ox to draw in the pleuch [gave] xx markis
a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) 20 b.
Weill worth aw, that gars the plough draw

2. To pull with slight or sufficient force. Also with advs. as out, up.(a) 1375 Barb. xvii. 674.
In hye he gert draw the cleket
1456 Hay I. 102/3.
As dois the gardinere that may nocht draw out the evill herbes … bot gif he tak sum gude with
a1500 Henr. Fab. 307.
Our wickit ennemye evir is reddye … To draw his nett
Ib. 2002.
Thow wenis to draw the stra befoir the cat
a1500 Seven S. 905.
Strik of my hed & to thé draw My body
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 426.
I … drawis my clok forthwart over my face quhit
a1540 Freiris Berw. 531.
Draw thy handis bayth in to thy sleif
1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 308.
For twa greit Danskin towis to draw up the tymmer
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1698.
Lat beif not fra ȝow draw, quhill that ȝe get ȝour roist
1596 Dalr. II. 43/7.
Sche bendis to the dur, and drawis the barr
(b) 1375 Barb. vii. 468.
The hund … can hym ta Be the nek and till hym dreuch
c1420 Wynt. ii. 41.
Thare in he set a brade arowe, That to the howkis wpe he drwe
Ib. v. 1145.
Owt off his sterape he wyth that Drw his fute
a1500 Henr. Fab. 744.
He dowkit him … Quhill he wes deid, syne to the land him dreuch
a1500 Seven S. 2490.
In the schip thai ȝud And drewe wp saile
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 160.
He … drew me doun dern in dolf by a dyke
a1500 Peblis to Play 163.
Be the fute scho gat him [And] all be dirtin drew him out
(c) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 1329.
That fellone … Bad his curting vpe suld be Drawine, the lycht for to se
?1438 Alex. i. 2641.
Wichtly reskewit thay Gaudifeir, And hes him drawen out of the preis
c1475 Wall. iv. 235.
A loklate bar, was drawyn ourthourth the dur
1533 Boece ix. xvi. 328.
His body eftir certane dais with clekis was drawin to land
1596 Dalr. I. 100/9.
Rawe salmonte, new drawen out of the flude
1617 Elgin Rec. II. 152.
Ordenis that all the seattis in the kirk be dravin in, and nocht to imped the entress to the kirk flowir

b. To pull (a weapon) out of the sheath. 1375 Barb. vii. 207.
He … drew his suerd out and thame met
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 814.
One hym he russhed … With swerd in-to hys hond all drawyn
?1438 Alex. i. 3110.
He his brand Had nakit drawin
c1475 Wall. i. 231.
Wallace … The bludy knyff bar drawin in his hand
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 706.
Schort suerdis of scheith smertly thay dreuch
a1500 Seven S. 568.
He drewe his knyf & slewe him thare
1513 Doug. vii. xi. 130.
Thar swerdis now … He maid thame furth be draw and oft assay
1610 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 191.
He … dreu his dagar to stob my father at vnwars
1656 St. A. Baxter Bks. 125.
Ane of the bretherin … being … convict of drawin ane knyff to Patrik Walkar

c. absol. To draw a bow. Also of the bow: To carry. ?1438 Alex. ii. 5100.
Porrus auysed him and than drew, The poun he hit richt on the hede
Ib. 1412.
The battellis come than on a raw, Bot als fer as ane bow mycht draw, Durst nane approche

d. To pull or tug (the hair). a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii. 93.
His wyfe … Rafe hyre clathis and drew hyre hare
1566 Inverness B. Rec. I. 138.
The said Elspet … set vpon hyr and drew her hayr

e. To move (a piece) on the chess-board. Also absol., to make a move. ?1438 Alex. ii. 3823.
The Bauderane … to his poun ane knicht drew syne
Ib. 3845.
He tuke his rouk in hand And wald haue drawen, as thocht he than
Ib. 3893.
Now draw wysly, for mister is

f. With implied adverb: To pull up or out, to take away, etc. c1475 Wall. i. 90.
Leit breggis doun, and portcules thai drew
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1001.
Thai drewe him on the croce with violence
1513 Doug. i. iv. 101.
Quhen hungir thus with metis was chasit away, And dischis drawin
1533 Boece v. vi. 175 b.
Trebellius … gart draw thame on the gallous
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 44.
Quhill thai had drawin the burd and said the grace
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 285.
For xviij faddome of tow to draw the watter
1555 Stirling Ant. IV. 219.
John Allan drew cavillis for his fourt pairt of a tenement of land
1570 Sat. P. xiii. 63.
The bischoppis … on a croce on lenth and breid him drew

g. To stretch (cloth). 1543 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 114.
That na maner of walker … that walkis ony hewitt clayth … draw nocht the samyn on na sort
1563–4 Ib. III. 177.
[That no person] draw clayth, ding, calk, crech, flaill or caird clayth [etc.]

h. To ornament or band (a garment) by applying a different material. 1531 Crim. Trials I. 276.
Ane pair of hois … For ij elne taffate, to draw thame and nerf thame
c1550 Rolland C. Venus i. 124.
His hois thay war … All thortour drawin with taffateis of blew
1551–2 Treas. Acc. X. 48.
Thre elnis … small cambreche claytht to draw furtht the slevis of hir gounes
Ib. 70.
Item, vj quarteris crisp to draw the slevis of hir goune
a1585 Maitl. Q. i. 27.
Thair wovin hois of silk ar schawin Burrit aboue with tafteis drawin
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 34.
Quheitt taffaty of the cord to … draw out the quheitt doublait

3. a. To bring up (breath) from the lungs; to bring out or utter (a sound); to breathe (air). 1375 Barb. iv. 199.
He na mocht His aynd bot with gret panys draw
c1420 Wynt. iv. 740.
Thai war … sa for-tyryd … That quheyne had tume his eynde to drawe
1513 Doug. i. vi. 115.
The voce drawand deip from his breist within
Ib. 141.
I trast weill at thou … Drawis this hailsum ayr … to thy weilfair
Ib. ii. v. 72.
Ane hevy murmour, as it was draw Furth of the boddum of his breste
1533 Bell. Livy I. 54/31.
Thay haue indignatioun that ȝe may owder speik or draw ȝoure aynde
a1585 Maitl. Q. xciv. 1.
Heir they stayd, till they had drawen thair breath

b. To cause to flow, rise, be carried, etc. 1375 Barb. xix. 621.
‘Schir’, said he, ‘we haf drawyn blude’
14.. Acts I. 301/3.
Blude drawyn vnder the aand is thrid part les of al thir gangand befor
1456 Hay II. 158/12.
So drawis the naturale hete of mannis body the humouris fra the stomak to the hede
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 355.
The somer … drawis vp fra the seye the fres watter agane
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 475.
Except of thame ye do nocht draw the blude
1596 Dalr. II. 118/21.
That mony walde be drawne heidlingis into the deip swallie of … vice

c. To lead (water) in channels; to make (ditches). c1420 Wynt. iv. 101.
He gert be drawyn dykis depe Abowt the wallys
Ib. 259.
Than gert he drawe that revere all In to foure hundyre and sexty smalle And narrow swyrlis
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 239.
Ane wane … beside ane reveir With doubill dykis bedene drawin our all
1480 Acta Conc. 60/2.
He suld nocht draw the said myl damme throu the saide landis
1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 208.
[He] sall draw and clenge the stankis within his boundis

d. To remove or transfer; to lead or guide. c1420 Wynt. vi. 224.
Charlys the Empryoure … gert the Unyversyte Fra Rome to Parys drawin be
c1475 Wall. iv. 430.
Fast on to Tay his buschement can he draw
Ib. ix. 1387.
Scho … prewaly thaim in drew Till a clos bern

e. To bring by force or compulsion. c1420 Wynt. v. 2475.
He bad als that nane sulde draw Clerkis for to suffyr law Befor iugis secular
1622-6 Bisset I. 47/11.
That kirkmen … sall nocht be drawin befoir prophane judges

4. To let out the entrails of (a person); to disembowel as a traitor or criminal. 1375 Barb. i. 278.
Sum thai hangyt, and sum thai drew
Ib. ii. 455.
He … for dispyte bad draw and hing All the prisoneris
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1762.
That traytoure thareon he Fyrst drawyn, syne gert hangyd be
Ib. vii. 100.
Hys Lord mycht, wyth the lawe, Hym, as he wald, bathe hang and drawe
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2626.
It wer almous thé for to draw and hing
a1500 Seven S. 364.
My son sall be hangit & drawin
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 269/17.
The tratouris that slew him war hangit, drawin, and quarterit

5. To deliver a blow or stroke. c1475 Wall. ii. 34.
On his braid bak of ony wald he thoile, Bot for a grot, als fast as he mycht draw
Ib. 408.
Our thourch his rybbis a seker straik drewe he
Ib. xi. 112.
The fyrst leit draw at Wallace with his sith

6. a. To bring in, introduce. c1420 Wynt. ii. 889.
For-thi was myn intentyoune Amange the eyldys thame to drawe
Ib. vi. 5.
Off this tretys … the dyte Here drawys in a dystynctyowne

b. To take over by translation. c 1400 Newbattle Chart. MS. (Reg. H.).
This is the iust cowpe drawin out of Laytene
c1420 Wynt. i. Prol. 29.
Allsua set I myne intent … Thare matere in tyll fowrme to drawe Off Latyne in tyll Ynglys sawe

c. To take out, by extracting, citing, or deleting.(1) c1420 Wynt. v. 5681.
The exaltatyowne festyvalle Off the croys wes usualle Tane and drawyn off that story
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 305.
Sindry documentis … Quhilk thai drew out of bukis old
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 245/1.
Heir begynnis ane tractat drawin owt of the scottis cronikle
1526 Reg. Privy S. I. 525/2.
Ane respet to Cuthbert Cunynghame … contenit and drawin of Cuthbert of Glencarnis signatour of respet
1551 Hamilton Cat. 12.
Foure familiar exempills drawin fra the haly scripture
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 160 b.
Quhy haue ȝe not cottit the places of ȝour bybill, quhair out thai ar drauin?
(2) 1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 374/1.
That ȝe … defeis, adnul and draw the sammyn [charter] furth of our chekker rollis for evir
1512 Justiciary Rec. III. 316.
Clerk of oure iusticiary, it is our will … that ȝe defeis & draw furth of our adjornall George Campbel [etc.]
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 168.
The justice clerk, suld receiue for ilk man cleinged be ane assise … and drawne furth of the rollis, four pennies

d. To bring together, collect, assemble. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 163.
He drew all the confusit lawis of Scotland in ane compendius volumen
Id. Livy I. 104/141.
This assemblance and convencioun of pepill drawin be Terquyne

II. 7. To lead or bring over (a person) to some action, state, etc., by persuasion or other inducement. 1375 Barb. i. 248.
Fre liking to leyve or do That at hys hart hym drawis to
1456 Hay I. 18/23.
He drewe, with his … fair langage, the Emperour … to trow in his opyniouns
Ib. II. 99/18.
Draw to thé at all thy powere the hertis of thi subjectis
1513 Doug. xii. x. 149.
Repentyng sair … That he had nocht requirit him and draw Or than to be his mawche and son in law
1533 Boece ii. iii. 60 b.
Quhen diuers … war to his opinioun drawin, aganis his derrest eme he conspirit
1558-66 Knox II. 424.
No small travell wes maid, to haif drawin sum mynisteris to the factioun of the courtiouris
1596 Dalr. I. 72/15.
That he sulde drawe that people to sum amitie, and to sum bande of freindschip bring thame
c1650 Spalding I. 170.
All this he wes drawin to suffer and behold most patientlie

b. To lead away, detach, from some person, state, etc. Also with away. a1400 Leg. S. i. 640.
Wemen, at thu drawis fra Thare husbandis
c1420 Wynt. i. 376.
Quhen mannys thoucht wes … drawyn all fra Goddys wyll
Ib. v. 4796.
The Pape … be prechyng Hym drw fra herrytykys fals techyng
?1438 Alex. i. 2747.
War nocht the furriouris … We suld nocht … Be drawin to-day fra the battale
1562-3 Winȝet I. 41/11.
Drawing the peple and ȝour selfis fra our trew Hierusalem
a1578 Pitsc. I. 71/14.
Thay could never be so easie drawin fre all ciuell discoird
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxix. 56.
Eschewand plesour as ane pest Quhilk drawis from the king of kingis
1596 Dalr. II. 256/29.
Sa he now … was drawin away with his awne affectiounis

c. To induce to go or come. c1420 Wynt. ii. 358.
The folk … Tyll Egypt that tym drawyn were, To by wyttaylle
?1438 Alex. ii. 2893.
Vthir sall in buschment byde … To draw furth Gaudifere and Betys
1531 Bell. Boece I. 114.
That they micht draw the Romanis to the said place quhair thair ambuschement wes laid

8. To put (land, etc.) in pledge; to offer or present as security. 1375 Barb. i. 625.
Thar till into borwch draw I Myn herytage all halily
Ib. 628.
Sen he in bowrch hys landis drewch
a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 724.
The fygure [= image] … That I in borrowgange can draw
Ib. 967.
For I kepit nocht The borrowgane I drew hyr in
14.. Acts I. 39/2.
Gif a burges drawys ane othir burges in borowgang and the dettur deis
1456 Peebles B. Rec. 113.
For his borrou mall paying the said Gorg drauys his land in plegis
1466 Acta Aud. 6/1.
Alexander lorde Glammys has drawin him self, his landis, and gudis law borghe that his moder [etc.]
1471 Acta Aud. 22/2.
In the quhilk soume the said Cuthbert drew thaim in borowgang for him to Patric Baroune
1489 Ib. 120/1.
Robert … has drawin him self his landis and gudis lawborghe that William … salbe … scathles of him

b. To bring forward (as a witness). ?1438 Alex. ii. 85.
To witnes dar I draw Venus

9. a. To lead or bring to or into a specified state or condition. 1375 Barb. vii. 175.
The body vorthis hevy … And to slepe drawis hevynes
c1420 Wynt. v. 2596.
Quha that haldys hym in the lawe, Till hycht hys meiknes will hym drawe
Ib. vi. 377.
Honowre drawys till dygnyteis Be wertu oftsys
1562-3 Winȝet II. 81/19.
Forsamekle as sum blasphemous bairdis … wald draw the cunning auctour thairof in a contemp
1558-66 Knox I. 392.
Thair wickit purpoise … to have drawin our brethren … in cummer
1622-6 Bisset I. 235/31.
Considering how that his maiesties subiectis … ar oftymes drawin in greit inconvenientis be sindrie charges direct against theme
1641 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 259.
Thairby … draveing thameselffis and thair pairties to extraordinarie paines and charges

b. To get into one's hands; to acquire. c1420 Wynt. v. 4978.
The land off Ytaly He drew hale till his senyhowry
Ib. viii. 2674.
Castell bath and wallyd town He drew till hys possessyown
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxii. 68.
Jok … Can now draw him ane cleik of kirkis

10. To put in writing; to compose. Also with up. c1450-2 Howlat 989.
Thus for ane dow of Dunbar drew I this dyte
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 153/3.
Heir followis the diuisioun of all the warld callit the cart, schortly drawyn in ynglis
c1550 Rolland C. Venus iii. 103.
Luik Virgill weill into … his Georgiks and Bucolikis weill drawin
Id. Seven S. Prol. 40.
We wald ȝe drew Sum dialog, or argument that is best
1657 Inverness Presb. 295.
That a call might be dravin vp for Mr Robert Rosse

b. To contrive or plan; to arrange. 1570 Sat. P. xv. 97.
Ye Lords, that now this draucht hes drawin
1572 Ib. xxxvi. 98.
Judas … Ane vyler draucht nor thow did neuer draw
1596 Highland P. I. 164.
Thairefter he and I drew ane tryst to Donolych

c. To delineate, depict. a1585 Maitl. Q. lxxxiv. 14.
For wysest workis of all we sie in colours to be drawin
1637 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 127.
Haveing brought with thame three great brods, with the armes of Phillorth drawin vpon the same

11. To amount or extend to (a certain sum). 1498 Halyb. 169.
Lowssit Robart Rynd 2 stekis off wellus, the quhilk drawis 29 li.
1504 Rec. Earld. Orkney 76.
We … layd at his part drew thre mark and halff
1505 Exch. R. XII. 673.
A stak of ber castyn, the pruf drew to ij ferlotis ij peccis
1517 Fife Sheriff Ct. 79.
Of the cane foulis the thre sextene-partis drauis iiij s. iiij d.
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XVI. 601 (J).
Als mekill woll for viij s. the stane as drawis to xviij s.

III. 12. refl. To remove or betake (oneself) from or to a place, etc. 1375 Barb. v. 183.
Syne he drew him to the hicht, To stynt bettir his fais mycht
c1420 Wynt. iv. 756.
I gyve yowe for counsaille That yhe … drawis youe to yhone hill on hicht
1456 Hay II. 132/10.
All bestis and foulis drawis thame till holis and boris
a1500 Bernardus 311.
Fra company, my swet sone, draw thé swycht To thi chalmer
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 110.
The tothir drew hym on dreigh, in derne to the dure
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 277.
Eschame thar of, and draw thé out of sicht
Id. xx. 14.
Fra vyle folkis draw thé far on syd
1531 Bell. Boece I. 45.
The Scottis … drew thaim to thair harnes and wappinnis
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xxi. 9.
Lordis lattis thair kitchingis cule, And drawis them to the abbay
1631 Craig v. 5/27.
I drew me darne to the doore
fig. c1420 Wynt. v. 2593.
Quha that wyll draw hym on hycht, Lawch downe behowys hym for to lycht
c1460 Thewis Wysmen 351.
Quhen wysmen drawis thaim to gud verkis

13. intr. To move, make one's way, proceed to or from a place, etc. Also with advs., as abak, nere.(a) 1375 Barb. viii. 59 (E).
Sum … Sa gret martyrdome on thaim has maid That thai gan draw to woyd the place
c1420 Wynt. i. 202.
A chyld bade hym he sulde draw nere, Quhare that he sayde he sawe a dere
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 531.
All elyk … drawis till a law place downwart, quhen thai de
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1696.
All wyld beistis … Drawis for dreid vnto thair dennis deip
Ib. 1704.
The lark … Than drawis furth fra derne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxiii. 10.
Walk furth, pilgrame, … draw to thy dwelling-place
1513 Doug. ii. iv. 10.
Twa gret lowpit edderis … Fast throu the flude towart the land gan draw
Ib. iii. ix. 20.
He … fra his pays begouth abak to draw
1535 Stewart 43904.
That causit ws to leif the wildernes And draw to toun
a1568 Scott xxvii. 33.
Quhen scho growis heich, I draw on dreich
a1578 Pitsc. II. 158/17.
Part of thame [were] drawand ower the watter to the congregatioun
1596 Dalr. II. 145 marg.
Baith drau to Floudoun hil, Inglis and Scotis
(b) 1375 Barb. iii. 711.
Othir schippys, that war thar-by, Deliuerly drew to the depe
a1400 Leg. S. xvii. 14.
Schawand [= sowing] Goddis sede, scho drev Towarte Arle
c1420 Wynt. v. 2022.
In to the chapell … He yheid, and drewe in cumpany Till Crystyn men
c1450-2 Howlat 170.
Ȝit endurand the daye to that deir drewe Swannis … swetest of swar
c1475 Wall. iii. 404.
Towart the toune thai drew with all thair mayn
1513 Doug. ii. vii. 32.
Estonyt with the word, abak he drewch
Ib. vii. Prol. 138.
The schot I closit, and drew inwart in hy
a1500 Peblis to Play 202.
Thay gadderit out of the toun, And neirar him thai dreuche

b. To extend or stretch out. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 78/24.
Mony trowis that it [Paradise] is vndir the cirkile equenoxiale, drawand to the orientale and est part of that climat

14. To come or approach to a certain state or condition.(a) c1420 Wynt. v. 824.
To dede quhen he begouth to drawe
1456 Hay II. 129/33.
All nature is than mare drawand to hete and drouthis
Ib. 132/15.
Ane ald wyf … for elde drawand to the poynt of dede
c1420 Ratis R. 1343.
Quhether thow to wyce or vertew draw
c1460 Thewis Gud Wemen 269.
For natur drawis euer to kynd
a1500 Henr. Orph. 71.
Quhen he was auld, sone to manhed he drewe
a1570-86 Kennedy Maitl. F. lxxi. 8.
Honour with age to everie vertew drawis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4237.
This warld, I wait, is drawand to ane end
(b) 1375 Barb. x. 781.
He to sa gret vorschip dreuch, That all spak of his gret bounte
c1420 Wynt. ii. 1261.
First tyl lordschipe quhen he drewe, Hys newo in tyll ire he slewe
Ib. v. 5346.
Quhen that he knewe That till hys endyng nere he drewe
1596 Dalr. II. 199/15.
Quhen this amang the peple was spred, the hail cuntrie drue to pairties [L. in factiones]
(c) 1513 Doug. xiii. x. 100.
Wery of hys lyfe, and far in age ydraw
1516 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 165.
Becaus he may nocht sustene himself … for greit eild that he is drawin to

15. To come over, become attached to a person; to have recourse to. c1420 Wynt. ii. 1373.
Message he send … And bade that thai sulde tyll hym drawe And oys his custome
Ib. viii. 2118.
Fra he thus the schyrrawe slwe, Scottis men fast till hym drwe
1456 Hay II. 49/11.
Sa that men that had nede of his help suld … draw till him for help
Ib. 151/31.
Leve evill vicis … , and draw to wys men

16. To approach in point of time. c1420 Wynt. iv. 458.
Quhen it nere drewe to the nycht
a1500 Henr. III. 157/49.
O febill aige, ay drawand neir the dait Of dully deid
a1500 Rauf C. 38.
Be that it drew to the nicht, The kyng lykit ill
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 939.
Quhen none drew neir, he cryit twis, Ely!
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5507.
Quhen sic wonderis dois appeir, Men may be sure the day drawis neir
1560 Rolland Seven S. 10390.
The time of day drew neir all bownit to dine

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