draw out

draw out
transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. remove, extract 2. to extend beyond a minimum in time ; protract 2 3. to cause to speak freely <
a reporter's ability to draw a person out

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • draw out — draw (something) out 1. to make something last longer than is usual or necessary. I can t see any reason to draw the investigation out any longer. She paused to draw out the suspense. 2. to completely explain something. Historians have to draw… …   New idioms dictionary

  • draw out — draw (someone/something) out to persuade someone to express their thoughts and feelings. She was good at drawing out young people and getting them to talk about their dreams. She worked hard to draw out all the different opinions people had …   New idioms dictionary

  • draw out — [v] prolong attract, continue, drag, drag out, elongate, extend, lead on, lengthen, make longer, prolongate, protract, pull, spin, spin out*, stretch, string out*, tug; concepts 236,239,245 Ant. clip, shorten …   New thesaurus

  • draw out — ► draw out 1) make (something) last longer. 2) persuade to be more talkative. Main Entry: ↑draw …   English terms dictionary

  • draw out — index compose, continue (prolong), disinter, distill, educe, elicit, evoke, exhaust ( …   Law dictionary

  • draw out — verb 1. cause to speak, Can you draw her out she is always so quiet (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑reach out • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody 2. lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer (Freq. 1) We prolonged o …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw out — phrasal verb Word forms draw out : present tense I/you/we/they draw out he/she/it draws out present participle drawing out past tense drew out past participle drawn out 1) [transitive] to make something continue longer than usual This action… …   English dictionary

  • draw out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you draw out a sound or a word, you make it last longer than usual. [V n P] Liz drew the word out carefully. [Also V P n (not pron)] 2) PHRASAL VERB If you draw someone out, you make them feel less nervous and more willing to… …   English dictionary

  • draw out — verb a) To make something last for more time than is necessary; prolong; extend. It seems the boss tries to draw out these meetings for as long as possible just to punish us. b) To physically extract, as blood from a vein. They used raw meat to… …   Wiktionary

  • draw out — phr verb Draw out is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑train Draw out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑account, ↑implication, ↑knife, ↑money, ↑syllable …   Collocations dictionary

  • draw out — Synonyms and related words: arouse, avulse, bring forth, bring out, bring to light, call forth, call out, call up, chatter, continue, cut out, dawdle, deduce, deracinate, derive, dig out, dig up, disentangle, drag out, draw, draw forth, dredge,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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