From Middle High German zuoziehen, from Old High German zuoziohan. Analysable as zu (“to; shut”) + ziehen (“pull, move”).
zuziehen (strong, third-person singular simple present zieht zu, past tense zog zu, past participle zugezogen, auxiliary haben)
- (intransitive) to move here; to come to a place (from the perspective of those already living there)
die zuziehenden Ausländer ― the foreigners who are coming here
- (transitive) to draw (together); to shut by pulling
die Vorhänge zuziehen ― to draw the curtains
- (transitive, with reflexive dative) to sustain, contract, incur, pick up
sich eine Verletzung zuziehen ― to sustain an injury
- (reflexive, often impersonal) to become cloudy; to cloud over
Es zieht sich zu. ― It’s clouding over.