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Phrasal Verbs

draw on

This page is about the phrasal verb draw on

Meaning: to use part of a supply of something, or to utilize something that has been gained over time

Synonym: make use of, utilize

For example:

  • draw on Animals will draw on the fat deposits in their bodies when they can't find enough to eat.

  • draw on The older nurses have a lot more experience to draw on when dealing with difficult patients.

"Draw upon" has the same meaning, but is more formal and is used in written English more than in spoken English.

Quick Quiz:

When on the stage or on a movie set, actors usually need to draw on their

a. personal savings

b. personal experiences

c. personal script

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