Draw up – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. To draw up a piece of furniture (especially a chair) is to move it closer to something or someone.

Examples of use:

a) Draw up a chair. It’s much warmer here by the fire.

b) Draw your chair up to the desk and look at these documents with me.

2. To draw up something (or draw something up) is to prepare a document or plan.

Examples of use:

a) I’ve drawn up an employment contract for you to sign.

b) The architect has drawn up plans for our new building.

c) News headline: Government urged to draw up poverty plan.

d) We must draw up a financial plan for the business for 2012.

3. To draw up is to arrive somewhere in a vehicle and stop (also pull up and pull over).

Examples of use:

a) The bus drew up and we all got on.

b) The President’s car drew up outside the Prime Minister’s office.

infinitive draw up
present simple draw up and draws up
-ing form drawing up
past simple drew up
past participle drawn up

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