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Definition of "pull" []

  • To apply force to so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove from a fixed position; extract: The dentist pulled the tooth. (verb-transitive)
  • To tug at; jerk or tweak. (verb-transitive)
  • To rip or tear; rend. (verb-transitive)
  • To stretch (taffy, for example) repeatedly. (verb-transitive)
  • To exert force on (an object) so as to draw it towards the source of the force (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To exert force on so as to remove; extract (verb)
  • To strip of feathers, hair, etc; pluck (verb)
  • To draw the entrails from (a fowl) (verb)
  • To rend or tear (verb)
  • To strain (a muscle, ligament, or tendon) injuriously (verb)
  • To perform or bring about (verb)
  • To draw out (a weapon) for use (verb)
  • To attract (verb)
  • To attract (a sexual partner) (verb)
  • To drink or inhale deeply (verb)
  • To put on or make (a grimace) (verb)
  • To move (a vehicle) or (of a vehicle) be moved in a specified manner (verb)
  • To take (a proof) from type (verb)
  • To withdraw or remove (verb)
  • To hit (a ball) so that it veers away from the direction in which the player intended to hit it (to the left for a right-handed player) (verb)
  • To hit (a ball pitched straight or on the off side) to the leg side (verb)
  • To strike (a fast-moving ball) in the same direction as it is already moving (verb)
  • To row (a boat) or take a stroke of (an oar) in rowing (verb)
  • To be rowed by (verb)
  • (of a rider) to restrain (a horse), esp to prevent it from winning a race (verb)
  • (of a horse) to resist strongly the attempts of a rider to rein in or check it (verb)
  • An act or an instance of pulling or being pulled (noun)
  • The force or effort used in pulling (noun)
  • The act or an instance of taking in drink or smoke (noun)
  • Something used for pulling, such as a knob or handle (noun)
  • Special advantage or influence (noun)
  • The power to attract attention or support (noun)
  • A period of rowing (noun)
  • A single stroke of an oar in rowing (noun)
  • The act of pulling the ball in golf, cricket, etc (noun)
  • The act of checking or reining in a horse (noun)
  • The amount of resistance in a bowstring, trigger, etc (noun)

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Use "pull" in a sentence
  • "Demolition experts do not use the term "pull it" as slang for setting off explosives."
  • "And Brad Radke, who has been out since May 31 with a groin pull, is about to make a couple of rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League."
  • "Initially the focus was on the phrase "pull it" used by the owner, Larry Silverstein, in a TV interview."