pull

To pull is to use force to drag or yank something toward you. You might pull a rolling suitcase as you run to catch your train, for example.

A horse pulls a carriage, and a tow truck pulls your dead car along the highway. You can also pull the cord on the bus that signals the driver to stop, and the kid next to you might pull on your jacket to ask if he can take your seat. A magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat by grasping it and lifting, and a sad story pulls at your heart (figuratively) — it exerts a force on your emotions.

Definitions of pull
  1. verb
    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
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    force
    do forcibly; exert force
  2. verb
    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
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    force, push
    move with force
    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
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    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
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    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
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. verb
    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
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    unsheathe
    draw from a sheath or scabbard
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  5. verb
    operate when rowing a boat
    pull the oars”
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    row
    propel with oars
  6. verb
    tear or be torn violently
    pull the cooked chicken into strips”
    synonyms: rend, rent, rip, rive
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    bust, rupture, snap, tear
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
  7. verb
    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
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  8. noun
    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, yank
    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
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    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
  9. noun
    the force used in pulling
    “the pull of the moon”
    “the pull of the current”
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    force
    (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  10. noun
    a device used for pulling something
    “he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer”
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    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)
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    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  11. noun
    a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
    synonyms: drag, puff
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    toke
    a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette
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    aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  12. verb
    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
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  13. verb
    move into a certain direction
    “the car pulls to the right”
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    cut in
    drive in front of another vehicle leaving too little space for that vehicle to maneuver comfortably
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    drive
    move by being propelled by a force
  14. verb
    steer into a certain direction
    pull one's horse to a stand”
    Pull the car over”
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    drive
    cause someone or something to move by driving
  15. verb
    hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
    pull the ball”
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    hit
    cause to move by striking
  16. verb
    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
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    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
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    draw, force
    cause to move by pulling
  17. noun
    special advantage or influence
    “the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull
    synonyms: clout
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    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  18. noun
    a sustained effort
    “it was a long pull but we made it”
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    effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
  19. verb
    strain abnormally
    “I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up”
    “The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition”
    synonyms: overstretch
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    injure, wound
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
  20. noun
    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    “he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
    synonyms: twist, wrench
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    sprain
    a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
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    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  21. verb
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    pull a bank robbery”
    synonyms: commit, perpetrate
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    make
    carry out or commit
    recommit
    commit once again, as of a crime
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  22. verb
    rein in to keep from winning a race
    pull a horse”
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    rein, rein in
    stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
  23. verb
    strip of feathers
    pull a chicken”
    synonyms: deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, tear
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    strip
    remove the surface from
  24. verb
    take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
    “I'm pulling for the underdog”
    synonyms: root for
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    side
    take sides for or against
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