Definitions for pullpʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to draw or haul toward oneself or itself, in a particular direction, or into a particular position.

  2. to draw or tug at with force.

  3. to rend; tear:

    to pull a cloth to pieces.

  4. to draw or pluck away from a place of growth, attachment, etc.:

    to pull a tooth.

  5. to draw out (a weapon) for ready use.

  6. to perform; carry out:

    They pulled a spectacular coup.

    Category: Informal

  7. to put on; affect:

    He pulled a long face when I reprimanded him.

  8. to withdraw; remove:

    to pull an ineffective pitcher.

  9. to attract; win:

    to pull votes.

  10. to take (an impression or proof) from type, a cut or plate, etc.

    Category: Printing, Fine Arts

  11. to propel by rowing, as a boat.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  12. to strain (a muscle, ligament, or tendon).

    Category: Pathology

  13. to be assigned (a specific duty).

    Category: Military

  14. to hold in (a racehorse), esp. so as to prevent from winning.

  15. to hit (a baseball) so that it follows the direction in which the bat is being swung.

    Category: Sport

  16. (v.i.)to exert a drawing, tugging, or hauling force (often fol. by at).

  17. to inhale through a pipe, cigarette, etc.

  18. to become or come as specified, by being pulled.

  19. to move or go:

    The train pulled away from the station.

  20. to row.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  21. pull apart, to analyze critically esp. for errors.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. pull down, to draw downward. to demolish; wreck. to lower; reduce. Informal. to receive as a salary; earn:

    He is pulling down more than fifty thousand a year.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  23. pull for, to support actively; encourage:

    They were pulling for the Republican candidate.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. pull in, to arrive. to tighten; curb: Informal. to arrest (someone).

    to pull in the reins.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  25. pull off,Informal. to perform successfully, esp. something difficult.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  26. pull out, to depart. to abandon abruptly:

    to pull out of an agreement.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  27. pull over, to direct one's automobile or other vehicle to the curb.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  28. pull through, to come safely through (a crisis, illness, etc.).

    Category: Verb Phrase

  29. pull up, to bring or come to a halt. to bring or draw closer. to root up.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  30. (n.)the act of pulling or drawing.

  31. force used in pulling; pulling power.

  32. a drawing in of smoke or a liquid through the mouth.

  33. influence, as with persons able to grant favors.

    Category: Informal

  34. a part or thing to be pulled, as a handle on a drawer.

  35. a spell, or turn, at rowing.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  36. a stroke of an oar.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  37. a pulled muscle.

    Category: Pathology, Common Vocabulary

  38. a pulling of the ball, as in baseball or golf.

  39. the ability to attract.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for pull:

  1. pull oneself together,to regain command of one's emotions.

    Category: Idiom

  2. pull strings or wires,to use influence, as with powerful associates, to gain one's objectives.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pull:

bef. 1000; ME pullen (v.), OE pullian to pluck, pluck the feathers of, pull, tug; cf. MLG pūlen to strip off husks, pick, ON pūla to work hard

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pull, pulling(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"

  2. pull(noun)

    the force used in pulling

    "the pull of the moon"; "the pull of the current"

  3. pull, clout(noun)

    special advantage or influence

    "the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull"

  4. pull(noun)

    a device used for pulling something

    "he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"

  5. wrench, twist, pull(noun)

    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

    "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

  6. puff, drag, pull(noun)

    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"

  7. pull(verb)

    a sustained effort

    "it was a long pull but we made it"

  8. pull, draw, force(verb)

    cause to move by pulling

    "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"

  9. attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in(verb)

    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 the ad drew in many new customers"

  10. pull(verb)

    move into a certain direction

    "the car pulls to the right"

  11. pull(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"

  12. perpetrate, commit, pull(verb)

    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"

  13. draw, pull, pull out, get out, take out(verb)

    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"

  14. pull(verb)

    steer into a certain direction

    "pull one's horse to a stand"; "Pull the car over"

  15. pull, overstretch(verb)

    strain abnormally

    "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"

  16. pull, draw(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"

  17. pull(verb)

    operate when rowing a boat

    "pull the oars"

  18. pull(verb)

    rein in to keep from winning a race

    "pull a horse"

  19. rend, rip, rive, pull(verb)

    tear or be torn violently

    "The curtain ripped from top to bottom"; "pull the cooked chicken into strips"

  20. pull(verb)

    hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing

    "pull the ball"

  21. pluck, pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume(verb)

    strip of feathers

    "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"

  22. extract, pull out, pull, pull up, take out, draw out(verb)

    remove, 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"

  23. pull, root for(verb)

    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?"

  24. pull(verb)

    take away

    "pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pull(verb)ʊl

    ≠ push

    They were pulling the garbage cans out to the street.; His mother pulled him to her.; I pulled on the dog's leash.

  2. pullʊl

    to use force to remove

    He pulled the plug out of the wall.

  3. pullʊl

    to move sth along behind you

    a truck pulling a trailer

  4. pullʊl

    to move sth down or across sth

    Pull the curtains shut.; She pulled a sweater over her head.

  5. pullʊl

    to move your body quickly or with effort

    I pulled myself up out of the chair.; She tried to comfort him, but he pulled away.

  6. pullʊl

    to injure a muscle by stretching or twisting

    He pulled a muscle in his leg.

  7. pullʊl

    to move part of a device to make it work

    to pull the trigger on a gun; Pull the lever to make it spin.

  8. pullʊl

    to take out a weapon

    Suddenly he pulled a gun on us.

  9. pullʊl

    to tease sb

    Don't listen to her - she's just pulling your leg.

  10. pullʊl

    to do with as much energy or as many resources as possible

    They're pulling out all the stops and having a huge wedding.

  11. pullʊl

    to cancel, usually by taking money away

    The government is pulling the plug on the project.

  12. pullʊl

    to take away support or help when sb needs it

    The board refused to back the CEO, pulling the rug out from under him.

  13. pullʊl

    to obtain using your power or influence

    His dad pulled some strings and got him into Harvard.

  14. pullʊl

    to deceive by hiding the truth

    I made a mistake, but I never tried to pull the wool over anyone's eyes.

  15. pull(noun)ʊl

    ≠ push

    a quick pull on the rope


  1. pull(Noun)

    An act of pulling (applying force)

    He gave the hair a sharp pull and it came out.

  2. pull(Noun)

    An attractive force which causes motion towards the source

  3. pull(Noun)

    Any device meant to be pulled, as a lever, knob, handle, or rope

    a zipper pull

  4. pull(Noun)

    influence, especially as a means of gaining advantage

  5. pull(Noun)

    Appeal or attraction or (as of a movie star)

  6. pull(Noun)

    The situation where a client sends out a request for data from a server, as in server pull, pull technology

  7. pull(Noun)

    A journey made by rowing

  8. pull(Verb)

    to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force

  9. pull(Verb)

    to persuade (someone) to have sex with one

  10. pull(Verb)

    to remove (something), especially from public circulation or availability

    Each day, they pulled the old bread and set out fresh loaves.

  11. pull(Verb)

    to do or perform

  12. pull(Verb)

    to retrieve or generate for use

    I'll have to pull a part number for that.

  13. pull(Verb)

    to apply a force such that an object comes toward the person or thing applying the force

    You're going to have to pull harder to get that cork out of the bottle.

  14. pull(Verb)

    to toss a frisbee with the intention of launching the disc across the length of a field

  15. pull(Verb)

    to row

  16. Origin: From pullen, from pullian. Related to pullen, pulen, púla.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pull(verb)

    to draw, or attempt to draw, toward one; to draw forcibly

  2. Pull(verb)

    to draw apart; to tear; to rend

  3. Pull(verb)

    to gather with the hand, or by drawing toward one; to pluck; as, to pull fruit; to pull flax; to pull a finch

  4. Pull(verb)

    to move or operate by the motion of drawing towards one; as, to pull a bell; to pull an oar

  5. Pull(verb)

    to hold back, and so prevent from winning; as, the favorite was pulled

  6. Pull(verb)

    to take or make, as a proof or impression; -- hand presses being worked by pulling a lever

  7. Pull(verb)

    to strike the ball in a particular manner. See Pull, n., 8

  8. Pull(verb)

    to exert one's self in an act or motion of drawing or hauling; to tug; as, to pull at a rope

  9. Pull(noun)

    the act of pulling or drawing with force; an effort to move something by drawing toward one

  10. Pull(noun)

    a contest; a struggle; as, a wrestling pull

  11. Pull(noun)

    a pluck; loss or violence suffered

  12. Pull(noun)

    a knob, handle, or lever, etc., by which anything is pulled; as, a drawer pull; a bell pull

  13. Pull(noun)

    the act of rowing; as, a pull on the river

  14. Pull(noun)

    the act of drinking; as, to take a pull at the beer, or the mug

  15. Pull(noun)

    something in one's favor in a comparison or a contest; an advantage; means of influencing; as, in weights the favorite had the pull

  16. Pull(noun)

    a kind of stroke by which a leg ball is sent to the off side, or an off ball to the side

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Pull

    A switch for closing a circuit when pulled. It is used instead of a push button, q.v., in exposed situations, as its contacts are better protected than those of the ordinary push button.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2939

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1069

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pull' in Verbs Frequency: #165

Translations for pull

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of pulling

I felt a pull at my sleeve; He took a pull at his beer/pipe.

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