drag

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.

Primary Meanings of drag

1.
vn
pull, as against a resistance
the act of dragging (pulling with force)
2.
vn
lag or linger behind
something that slows or delays progress
3.
vn
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
something tedious and boring
4.
vn
suck in or take (air)
a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
5.
v
use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu
6.
v
walk without lifting the feet
7.
v
search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost
8.
n
clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)
Full Definitions of drag
1

v pull, as against a resistance

“He dragged the big suitcase behind him”
“These worries were dragging at him”
Types:
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
tow
drag behind
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v draw slowly or heavily

Synonyms:
cart, hale, haul
Types:
bouse, bowse
haul with a tackle
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v move slowly and as if with great effort

Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

n the act of dragging (pulling with force)

“the drag up the hill exhausted him”
Type of:
pull, pulling
the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you

n the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid

Synonyms:
retarding force
Types:
sonic barrier, sound barrier
the increase in aerodynamic drag as an airplane approaches the speed of sound
windage
the retarding force of air friction on a moving object
Type of:
resistance
any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
2

v lag or linger behind

“But in so many other areas we still are dragging
Synonyms:
drop back, drop behind, get behind, hang back, trail
Type of:
dawdle, fall back, fall behind, lag
hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

v proceed for an extended period of time

“The speech dragged on for two hours”
Synonyms:
drag on, drag out
Type of:
go, proceed
follow a certain course

n 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”
Type of:
balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
3

v 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
Type of:
involve
engage as a participant

v persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting

“He dragged me away from the television set”
Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

n something tedious and boring

“peeling potatoes is a drag
Type of:
tediousness, tedium, tiresomeness
dullness owing to length or slowness
4

v suck in or take (air)

Synonyms:
draw, puff
Type of:
breathe in, inhale, inspire
draw in (air)

n a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

“he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly”
Synonyms:
puff, pull
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
5

v 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”
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
6

v walk without lifting the feet

Synonyms:
scuff
Type of:
scuffle, shamble, shuffle
walk by dragging one's feet
7

v search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost

Synonyms:
dredge
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
8

n clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)

“he went to the party dressed in drag
“the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag
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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