from The Century Dictionary.

  • To draw or lead away by persuasion or argument.
  • To lead away or carry off by improper means; abduct.
  • To draw away or aside, as by the action of an abductor muscle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To draw or conduct away; to withdraw; to draw to a different part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb advance evidence for


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