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.

Note: "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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