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  Definition of Pull
  1. 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"
  2. a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
  3. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
  4. a device used for pulling something; "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"
  5. special advantage or influence; "the chairman''s nephew has a lot of pull"
  6. the force used in pulling; "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"
  7. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
  8. strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
  9. take away; "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"
  10. take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I''m pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
  11. draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense; "pull weeds"; "extract a bad tooth"; "take out a splinter"; "extract information from the telegram"
  12. strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
  13. hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing; "pull the ball"
  14. cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
  15. direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that th
  16. tear or be torn violently; "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"
  17. 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 kneees towards your chin"
  18. rein in to keep from winning a race; "pull a horse"
  19. operate when rowing a boat; "pull the oars"
  20. bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover; "draw a weapon"; "pull out a gun"; "The mugger pulled a knife on his victim"
  21. steer into a certain direction; "pull one''s horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"
  22. move into a certain direction; "the car pulls to the right"
  23. 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"
  24. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"
Similar Words: pulling, puff, drag, clout, wrench, twist, overstretch, side, root, extract, pull out, pull up, take out, draw out, pluck, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume, draw, force, attract, pull in, draw in, rend, rip, rive, get out, perpetrate, commit


See Also: level, raze, rase, dismantle, tear down, take down, pull down, pluck, tweak, pull off, pick off, extract, pull out, pull up, take out, draw out, shlep, schlep, pull along, attract, pull in, draw, draw in, pull back


Hyponyms: drag, draw, haul, haulage, tug, jerk, draft, draught, drawing, extirpation, excision, deracination, pluck, traction, toke, bellpull, pull chain, sprain, wring out, squeeze out, demodulate, thread, twitch, pull back, adduct, abduct, stretch, plunk, pick, hale, cart, attract, pull in, draw in, yank, winch, tweak, pull off, pick off, hike up, hitch up, catch, arrest, get, retract, bring, wrench, twist, pick at, pluck at, pull at, draw back, draw close, unsheathe, cut in, make, recommit


Grouped Verbs: draw, pull out, get out, take out, draw in, retract, curl up, curl, force, extract, pull up, draw out


Part Meronyms: smoke, smoking


Derivational Morphology: draw, force, attract, pull in, draw in, perpetrate, commit, puff, drag, whiff, overstretch, twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick, side, extraction, extractor, haul, haulage, draft, draught, drawing, pulling, puller, tugger, dragger, drawing card, attraction, attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnet, attractiveness, rent, rip, split, snag, tear, drawer, perpetration, commission, committal, perpetrator, culprit


Anagrams: pulp


Language Translations:
Chinese: 拖拉   Dutch: trekken  
Esperanto: tiri   Finnish: vetää  
French: tirer   German: ziehen  
Hungarian: húzni   Italian: tirare  
Japanese: 引く   Korean: 끌다  
Polish: ciągnąć   Portuguese: puxar  
Russian: тянуть   Spanish: tirar  
Swahili: kuvuta   Swedish: dra  
Telugu: లాగు   Turkish: çekmek  
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