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English noun: pull

1. pull (act) the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you


SamplesThe pull up the hill had him breathing harder.
His strenuous pulling strained his back.


Synonymspulling


Broader (hypernym)actuation, propulsion


Narrower (hyponym)deracination, draft, drag, draught, draw, drawing, excision, extirpation, haul, haulage, jerk, pluck, traction, tug

2. pull (phenomenon) the force used in pulling


SamplesThe pull of the moon.
The pull of the current.


Broader (hypernym)force

3. pull (attribute) special advantage or influence


SamplesThe chairman's nephew has a lot of pull.


Synonymsclout


Broader (hypernym)advantage, vantage

4. pull (artifact) a device used for pulling something


SamplesHe grabbed the pull and opened the drawer.


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)bellpull, pull chain

5. pull (state) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments


SamplesThe wrench to his knee occurred as he fell.
He was sidelined with a hamstring pull.


Synonymstwist, wrench


Broader (hypernym)harm, hurt, injury, trauma


Narrower (hyponym)sprain

6. pull (act) a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)


SamplesHe took a puff on his pipe.
He took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly.


Synonymsdrag, puff


Broader (hypernym)aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake


Narrower (hyponym)toke


Part meronymsmoke, smoking

7. pull (act) a sustained effort


SamplesIt was a long pull but we made it.


Broader (hypernym)effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail


English verb: pull

1. pull (contact) cause to move by pulling


SamplesDraw a wagon.
Pull a sled.


Synonymsdraw, force


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


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)abduct, adduct, attract, cart, drag, drag, draw, draw in, hale, haul, jerk, pick, pick off, pluck, pluck, plunk, pull, pull back, pull in, pull off, stretch, tug, tweak, twitch, winch, yank


Verb groupdraw, pull, pull


Antonymspush, force

2. pull (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 in


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

3. pull (motion) move into a certain direction


SamplesThe car pulls to the right.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)drive


Narrower (hyponym)cut in


Verb grouppull

4. pull (contact) apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion


SamplesPull the rope.
Pull the handle towards you.
Pull the string gently.
Pull the trigger of the gun.
Pull your knees towards your chin.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)force


Narrower (hyponym)attract, draw back, draw close, gather, hike up, hitch up, pick at, pluck at, pull at, pull back, retract, twist, wrench


Verb groupdraw, force, pull

5. pull (social) perform an act, usually with a negative connotation


SamplesPerpetrate a crime.
Pull a bank robbery.


Synonymscommit, perpetrate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)make, recommit

6. pull (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 out, 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

7. pull (motion) steer into a certain direction


SamplesPull one's horse to a stand.
Pull the car over.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)drive


Verb grouppull

8. pull (body) strain abnormally


SamplesI pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up.
The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition.


Synonymsoverstretch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

9. pull (motion) cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense


SamplesA declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter.


Synonymsdraw


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


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Verb groupdraw, force, pull

10. pull (motion) operate when rowing a boat


SamplesPull the oars.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)row

11. pull (motion) rein in to keep from winning a race


SamplesPull a horse.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)rein, rein in

12. pull (contact) tear or be torn violently


SamplesThe curtain ripped from top to bottom.
Pull the cooked chicken into strips.


Synonymsrend, rip, rive


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


Broader (hypernym)bust, rupture, snap, tear

13. pull (contact) hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing


SamplesPull the ball.


Pattern of useIt is ----ing


Broader (hypernym)hit


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

14. pull (contact) strip of feathers


SamplesPull a chicken.
Pluck the capon.


Synonymsdeplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, tear


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)strip

15. pull (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 out, 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

16. pull (competition) take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for


SamplesWe all rooted for the home team.
I'm pulling for the underdog.
Are you siding with the defender of the title?.


Synonymsroot for


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)side

17. pull (change) take away


SamplesPull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


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


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









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