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English verb: pull out

1. pull out (motion) move out or away


SamplesThe troops pulled out after the cease-fire.


Synonymsget out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave


Verb groupback down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out


Antonymsmove in, pull in, get in, draw in

2. pull out (motion) bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover


SamplesDraw a weapon.
Pull out a gun.
The mugger pulled a knife on his victim.


Synonymsdraw, get out, pull, take out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)unsheathe


Verb groupdraw, draw out, extract, pull, pull, pull out, pull up, take out, take out

3. pull out (contact) remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense


SamplesPull weeds.
Extract a bad tooth.
Take out a splinter.
Extract information from the telegram.


Synonymsdraw out, extract, pull, pull up, take out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)demodulate, squeeze out, thread, wring out


Verb groupdraw, get out, pull, pull out, take out

4. pull out (social) remove oneself from an obligation


SamplesHe bowed out when he heard how much work was involved.


Synonymsback down, back off, bow out, chicken out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)retire, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)resile


Verb groupget out, pull out









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