What does pull mean?

Definitions for pull

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pull.

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"


  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

  17. Origin: [AS. pullian; cf. LG. pulen, and Gael. peall, piol, spiol.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pull

    pōōl, v.t. to draw, or try to draw, with force: to draw or gather with the hand: to tear: to pluck: to extract: to move, propel by tugging, rowing, &c.: to transport by rowing: in horse-racing, to check a horse in order to prevent its winning: to produce on a printing-press worked by hand: to raid or seize.—v.i. to give a pull: to draw.—n. the act of pulling: a struggle or contest: exercise in rowing: (slang) influence, a favourable chance, advantage: (coll.) a drink, draught: (print.) a single impression of a hand-press.—ns. Pull′-back, a restraint: a device for making a woman's gown hang close and straight in front; Pull′er.—Pull a face, to draw the countenance into a particular expression: to grimace; Pull apart, to bring asunder by pulling; Pull down, to take down or apart: to demolish; Pull for, to row in the direction of; Pull off, to carry anything through successfully; Pull one's self together, to collect one's faculties; Pull out, to draw out, lengthen; Pull the long bow, to lie or boast beyond measure; Pull through, to get to the end of something difficult or dangerous with some success; Pull up, to tighten the reins: to take to task: to bring to a stop: to halt; Pull up stakes, to prepare to leave a place. [A.S. pullian; conn. with Low Ger. pulen, to pluck.]

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.

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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

How to pronounce pull?

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How to say pull in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pull in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pull in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pull in a Sentence

  1. Chief Financial Officer Ron Millos:

    That is a lever we can pull.

  2. Wendy Benedict:

    All I do is pull out my phone.

  3. Chrissy Houlahan:

    It's gon na be hard to pull off.

  4. Rocco Grillo:

    It's not easy to just pull the plug.

  5. Youva Hadjali:

    Usually you pull and you get it out.

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