To drag something means to physically pull it, like when you drag your sofa to the other side of the living room in order to get a better view of the TV.

Drag can also mean to prolong something. In this case, drag is often followed by the words "out" or "on." You could describe a class that drags on for hours, or try to drag out your homework to get out of doing the dishes. You can also drag someone unwillingly into a discussion or other situation. Anything that's boring and tedious can also be called a drag — like lunches with your great aunt Martha or cleaning the bathroom.

Definitions of drag
  1. verb
    pull, as against a resistance
    “He dragged the big suitcase behind him”
    “These worries were dragging at him”
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    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
    drag behind
    type of:
    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
  2. verb
    draw slowly or heavily
    synonyms: cart, hale, haul
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    bouse, bowse
    haul with a tackle
    type of:
    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
  3. verb
    move slowly and as if with great effort
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. noun
    the act of dragging (pulling with force)
    “the drag up the hill exhausted him”
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    type of:
    pull, pulling
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
  5. noun
    the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
    synonyms: retarding force
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    sonic barrier, sound barrier
    the increase in aerodynamic drag as an airplane approaches the speed of sound
    the retarding force of air friction on a moving object
    type of:
    any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
  6. verb
    lag or linger behind
    “But in so many other areas we still are dragging
    synonyms: drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail
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    type of:
    dawdle, fall back, fall behind, lag
    hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.
  7. verb
    proceed for an extended period of time
    “The speech dragged on for two hours”
    synonyms: drag on, drag out
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    type of:
    go, proceed
    follow a certain course
  8. noun
    something that slows or delays progress
    “taxation is a drag on the economy”
    “too many laws are a drag on the use of new land”
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    type of:
    balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
  9. verb
    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    “don't drag me into this business”
    synonyms: drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up, tangle
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    type of:
    engage as a participant
  10. verb
    persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
    “He dragged me away from the television set”
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    type of:
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
  11. noun
    something tedious and boring
    “peeling potatoes is a drag
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    type of:
    tediousness, tedium, tiresomeness
    dullness owing to length or slowness
  12. verb
    suck in or take (air)
    synonyms: draw, puff
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    type of:
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
  13. noun
    a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
    “he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly”
    synonyms: puff, pull
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    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
  14. verb
    use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu
    drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen”
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    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  15. verb
    walk without lifting the feet
    synonyms: scuff
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    type of:
    scuffle, shamble, shuffle
    walk by dragging one's feet
  16. verb
    search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
    synonyms: dredge
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    type of:
    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  17. noun
    clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)
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    type of:
    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
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