pull

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: pull

1
vn
apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
2
vn
cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
special advantage or influence
3
vn
strain abnormally
a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
4
v
perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
5
v
rein in to keep from winning a race
6
v
strip of feathers
7
v
take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: pull
1

v apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

Pull the rope”
Pull the handle towards you”
pull the string gently”
pull the trigger of the gun”
pull your knees towards your chin”
Synonyms
draw, force
cause to move by pulling
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twist, wrench
twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates
gather
draw and bring closer
attract
exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away
hike up, hitch up
pull up
pick at, pluck at, pull at
pluck or pull at with the fingers
draw back, pull back, retract
use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)
draw close
pull towards oneself
Type of:
force
do forcibly; exert force

v cause to move by pulling

pull a sled”
Synonyms:
draw, force
draw
cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense
Antonyms:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
push
press against forcefully without moving
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twitch
move or pull with a sudden motion
pull back
move to a rearward position; pull towards the back
adduct
draw a limb towards the body
abduct
pull away from the body
stretch
pull in opposite directions
pick, pluck, plunk
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
tug
pull or strain hard at
drag
pull, as against a resistance
cart, drag, hale, haul
draw slowly or heavily
attract, draw, draw in, pull in
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
jerk, yank
pull, or move with a sudden movement
winch
pull or lift up with or as if with a winch
pick off, pluck, pull off, tweak
pull or pull out sharply
draw, pull back
stretch back a bowstring (on an archer's bow)
skitter
twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
twang
pluck (strings of an instrument)
tug
pull hard
pull along, schlep, shlep
pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance
trail, train
drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground
bouse, bowse
haul with a tackle
arrest, catch, get
attract and fix
draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
tweeze
pluck with tweezers
bring
attract the attention of
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense

pull weeds”
Synonyms:
draw out, extract, pull out, pull up, take out
draw, get out, pull out, take out
bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
Types:
squeeze out, wring out
extract (liquid) by squeezing or pressing
demodulate
extract information from a modulated carrier wave
thread
remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover

pull out a gun”
“The mugger pulled a knife on his victim”
Synonyms:
draw, get out, pull out, take out
draw out, extract, pull out, pull up, take out
remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
draw, take out
take liquid out of a container or well
Types:
unsheathe
draw from a sheath or scabbard
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v operate when rowing a boat

pull the oars”
Type of:
row
propel with oars

v tear or be torn violently

pull the cooked chicken into strips”
Synonyms:
rend, rip, rive
Type of:
bust, rupture, snap, tear
separate or cause to separate abruptly

v take away

pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf”
Synonyms
draw, get out, pull out, take out
bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

n the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

“the pull up the hill had him breathing harder”
“his strenuous pulling strained his back”
Synonyms:
pulling
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drag
the act of dragging (pulling with force)
draw, haul, haulage
the act of drawing or hauling something
jerk, tug
a sudden abrupt pull
draft, draught, drawing
the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling
deracination, excision, extirpation
the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence
pluck
the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
traction
(orthopedics) the act of pulling on a bone or limb (as in a fracture) to relieve pressure or align parts in a special way during healing
tow, towage
the act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n the force used in pulling

“the pull of the moon”
“the pull of the current”
Type of:
force
(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

n a device used for pulling something

“he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer”
Types:
bellpull
a handle or cord that is pulled to ring a doorbell or a servant's bell etc.
pull chain
a chain (usually with a handle at the end) that is pulled in order to operate some mechanism (e.g. to flush a toilet)
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

Synonyms:
drag, puff
Types:
toke
a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette
Type of:
aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
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v cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense

“A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter”
Synonyms:
draw
draw, force
cause to move by pulling
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v move into a certain direction

“the car pulls to the right”
Types:
cut in
drive in front of another vehicle leaving too little space for that vehicle to maneuver comfortably
Type of:
drive
move by being propelled by a force

v steer into a certain direction

pull one's horse to a stand”
Pull the car over”
Type of:
drive
cause someone or something to move by driving

v hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing

pull the ball”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

“The ad pulled in many potential customers”
“This pianist pulls huge crowds”
Synonyms:
attract, draw, draw in, pull in
draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
curl, curl up, draw in
shape one's body into a curl
Antonyms:
beat back, drive, force back, push back, repel, repulse
cause to move back by force or influence
drive
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
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tug
pull hard
arrest, catch, get
attract and fix
draw in, retract
pull inward or towards a center
bring
attract the attention of
introvert, invaginate
fold inwards
Type of:
draw, force
cause to move by pulling

n special advantage or influence

“the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
Synonyms:
clout
Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

n a sustained effort

“it was a long pull but we made it”
Type of:
effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
use of physical or mental energy; hard work
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v strain abnormally

“I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up”
“The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition”
Synonyms:
overstretch
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

n a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

“he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
Synonyms:
twist, wrench
Types:
sprain
a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
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v perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

pull a bank robbery”
Synonyms:
commit, perpetrate
Types:
make
carry out or commit
recommit
commit once again, as of a crime
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
5

v rein in to keep from winning a race

pull a horse”
Type of:
rein, rein in
stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
6

v strip of feathers

pull a chicken”
Synonyms:
deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, tear
Type of:
strip
remove the surface from
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v take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for

“I'm pulling for the underdog”
Synonyms:
root for
Type of:
side
take sides for or against
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