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pull

 
 
pronunciation:
pUl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
pull out, pull through
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pulls, pulling, pulled
definition 1: to bring or try to bring closer by taking hold of and exerting force.
She pulled the swimmer to shore.
 
synonyms:
drag, draw, haul, tug
antonyms:
push
similar words:
hoist, lug, strain
definition 2: to draw after oneself or itself by attaching and moving forward.
The truck pulled the car to the station.
 
synonyms:
draw, snake, tow
antonyms:
push
similar words:
bear, carry, transport
definition 3: to extract from a fixed position.
She pulled the nail from the board.
synonyms:
extract, pick, pluck, yank
similar words:
tear, wrench, wrest
definition 4: to tear in a specified way.
She pulled the book apart.
synonyms:
rend, rip, tear, yank
definition 5: to take out (a weapon), as to use it.
synonyms:
draw, whip out
definition 6: to attract.
His performance will pull a large crowd.
synonyms:
attract, draw, elicit
antonyms:
repel
similar words:
beckon, entice, gain, get, lure, tempt
definition 7: to injure (a muscle) by stretching.
similar words:
sprain, strain, twist, wrench
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to move or try to bring something closer by exerting force or grasping (often fol. by "at").
Don't pull at the dog. He won't come with you unless he wants to.The men pulled at the rope and brought the boat onto shore.
synonyms:
haul, tug
antonyms:
push
similar words:
draw, pluck, wrench
definition 2: to move.
The car pulled into the driveway.
synonyms:
draw, move
similar words:
advance, drive, proceed, progress
definition 3: to inhale deeply, as through a pipe or cigarette (usu. fol. by "on").
He pulled on his cigarette once more before putting it out.
synonyms:
inhale
similar words:
breathe, draw, puff
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phrase: pull out
phrase: pull through
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process, or an instance, of pulling.
The dog barked when the baby gave a pull on its ear.
synonyms:
draw, haul, tug
antonyms:
push
similar words:
hoist, jerk, pluck, rip, tear, tow, yank
definition 2: the force used in pulling or resisting acts of pulling.
She couldn't fight the pull of the waves.
synonyms:
influence, pressure, stress
similar words:
force, gravity, intensity, might, power, strength, tow
definition 3: a prolonged exertion.
It was a long pull, but we succeeded in the end.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
effort, exertion, go, try
definition 4: influence.
We heard they hired him because he's got pull in Washington.
synonyms:
clout, leverage
similar words:
control, influence, magnetism, power, sway, weight
definition 5: a thing used for pulling, as a handle or knob.
The antique dresser was missing some of its drawer pulls.
synonyms:
grip, handle, knob
similar words:
hold, lever, shaft, shank
definition 6: an act of inhalation, as of smoke.
He took a pull on his cigar.
synonyms:
draft, drag, inhalation, puff
similar words:
draw
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