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English verb: pull in

1. pull in (contact) direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

SamplesHer 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.

Synonymsattract, draw, draw in, pull

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

Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull

Narrower (hyponym)arrest, bring, catch, draw in, get, retract, tug

Verb groupcurl, curl up, draw in, draw in, retract

Antonymsbeat back, force back, push back, repel, repulse, drive

2. pull in (possession) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

SamplesHow much do you make a month in your new job?.
She earns a lot in her new job.
This merger brought in lots of money.
He clears $5,000 each month.

ExamplesThey pull in the money

Synonymsbring in, clear, earn, gain, make, realise, realize, take in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)bear, bring home, eke out, gross, pay, profit, rake in, rake off, shovel in, squeeze out, take home, turn a profit, yield

Verb groupclear, make, net, sack, sack up

3. pull in (motion) of trains; move into (a station)

SamplesThe bullet train drew into Tokyo Station.

Synonymsdraw in, get in, move in

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)arrive, come, get

Verb groupclose in, draw in

Antonymspull out, get out

4. pull in (contact) get or bring together

SamplesAccumulate evidence.


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

Broader (hypernym)accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up

Narrower (hyponym)archive, beat up, drum up, file away, rally

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