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draw on

1. To access and use a helpful resource. Drawing on my experience speaking in front of my class definitely helped when I had to give a speech to the whole school. You have to draw on your inner strength—it will carry you through an experience like this.
2. To approach or come closer. My anxiety level grew as the exam's start time drew on.
3. To put on an article of clothing. I drew on my coat before leaving the house on this frigid morning.
4. To happen or pass by slowly. As the lecture drew on, most of the students started to doze off.
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draw on someone or something

 and draw upon someone or something
to use someone or something in some beneficial way; to extract from a resource, reserve, etc. I may have to draw on your advice in order to complete this project. If there is some way you can draw on me to your advantage, let me know. By the end of the contest I had drawn upon all the energy I had.
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draw on

1. Approach, as in As evening draws on, we'll make our way back to the house. [First half of 1500s]
2. Put on a piece of clothing, as in She drew on her gloves. [Early 1700s]
3. Also, draw upon. Make use of something or someone. For example, This dictionary draws on many different sources, or The chairman was good at drawing upon the various members for their expertise. [Mid-1600s]
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draw on

v.
1. To put lines, pictures, or some other markings on some surface, using a pen, pencil, or other marking implement: The kids are drawing clowns on the the walls! In my art class we drew on big pieces of paper.
2. To use something as a resource: If I run out of cash, I'll have to draw on my savings account. I drew on my old scout training to make that fire.
3. To approach: The lost campers became more worried as nighttime drew on.
4. To pass gradually: The storm gradually lessened as the night drew on.
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References in classic literature ?
The second is, that were it not for this easy borrowing upon interest, men's necessities would draw upon them a most sudden undoing; in that they would be forced to sell their means (be it lands or goods) far under foot; and so, whereas usury doth but gnaw upon them, bad markets would swallow them quite up.
Do they usually commence their career by wanton and disgustful acts of power, calculated to answer no end, but to draw upon themselves universal hatred and execration?
Well, sir," resumed Danglars, after a brief silence, "I will endeavor to make myself understood, by requesting you to inform me for what sum you propose to draw upon me?
Then, if I should require more," continued Monte Cristo in a careless manner, "why, of course, I should draw upon you; but my present intention is not to remain in France more than a year, and during that period I scarcely think I shall exceed the sum I mentioned.
Everything is yet in the early stages of development; but with the science of the outer-world twentieth century to draw upon we are making rapid progress, and with all the faults and errors of the outer world to guide us clear of dangers, I think that it will not be long before Pellucidar will become as nearly a Utopia as one may expect to find this side of heaven.
A little," said Mazarin, trembling, lest Anne should ask to draw upon his purse.
If you gently push the swing-door ajar and peer in you draw upon yourself the contemptuous looks of the barmaid, who at once puts you down in the same category with area sneaks and cadgers.
You will draw upon us to-morrow, sir,' said Mr Flintwinch, with a business-like face at parting.
My Cabbage,' returned the other, taking him by the collar with both hands, 'I'll draw upon you; have no fear.
I walked in a world of their invention--they had no occasion whatever to draw upon mine; so that my time was taken only with being, for them, some remarkable person or thing that the game of the moment required and that was merely, thanks to my superior, my exalted stamp, a happy and highly distinguished sinecure.
It teaches professionals to draw upon a wide range of communication skills that can be readily drawn upon in a variety of situations, with different types of clients and colleagues for different purposes.
Summary: Bucharest, July 07, 2010, SPA -- Romania needs a new deal with the International Monetary Fund, a standby loan to draw upon in case of need once the current loans expire, AP quoted President Traian Basescu as saying today.
A man who can't stay in one area for too long, Michael Gilmore has much experience to draw upon.
Unitarian Universalists draw upon the teachings of many faiths to help individuals build their own theology.
Together, both volumes draw upon a wealth of meticulous research to reveal long-hidden perspectives of faith and worship; and both are serious-minded theological studies quite accessible to lay readers.