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Definition 1: the act of dragging (pulling with force) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the drag up the hill exhausted him

(drag is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 2: a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took a puff on his pipe
  • he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

(... is a kind of drag ) a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette

"the boys took a few tokes on a joint"

(... is part of drag) the act of smoking tobacco or other substances

"he went outside for a smoke" "smoking stinks"

Definition 3: clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he went to the party dressed in drag
  • the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag

(drag is a kind of ...) a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

Definition 4: something tedious and boring - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • peeling potatoes is a drag

(drag is a kind of ...) dullness owing to length or slowness

(drag is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 5: something that slows or delays progress - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • taxation is a drag on the economy
  • too many laws are a drag on the use of new land

(drag is a kind of ...) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Definition 6: the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion

(... is a kind of drag ) the increase in aerodynamic drag as an airplane approaches the speed of sound

(... is a kind of drag ) the retarding force of air friction on a moving object

Definition 7: proceed for an extended period of time - [verb of change]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The speech dragged on for two hours

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) follow a certain course

"The inauguration went well" "how did your interview go?"

Definition 8: persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting - [verb of communication]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He dragged me away from the television set

(drag is a kind of ...) cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

"You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

Definition 9: suck in or take (air) - [verb of consumption]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • draw a deep breath
  • draw on a cigarette

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) draw in (air)

"Inhale deeply" "inhale the fresh mountain air" "The patient has trouble inspiring" "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"

(drag implies ...) inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes

"We never smoked marijuana" "Do you smoke?"

Definition 10: pull, as against a resistance - [verb of contact]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He dragged the big suitcase behind him
  • These worries were dragging at him

(drag is a kind of ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

(... is a kind of drag ) pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance

"Can you shlep this bag of potatoes upstairs?" "She pulled along a large trunk"

(... is a kind of drag ) drag loosely along a surface; allow to sweep the ground

"The toddler was trailing his pants" "She trained her long scarf behind her"

Definition 11: draw slowly or heavily - [verb of contact]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • haul stones
  • haul nets

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

(... is a kind of drag ) haul with a tackle

(... is a kind of drag ) haul onto a boat

"underrun the cable for repair"

Definition 12: search (as the bottom of a body of water) for something valuable or lost - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

"The police are searching for clues" "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"

Definition 13: to lag or linger behind - [verb of motion]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • But in so many other areas we still are dragging

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

Definition 14: walk without lifting the feet - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) walk by dragging one's feet

"he shuffled out of the room" "We heard his feet shuffling down the hall"

Definition 15: move slowly and as if with great effort - [verb of motion]

(drag is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 16: use a computer mouse to move icons on the screen and select commands from a menu - [verb of motion]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drag this icon to the lower right hand corner of the screen

(drag is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Definition 17: force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action - [verb of stative]

Samples where drag or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They were swept up by the events
  • don't drag me into this business

Synonyms for drag in the sense of this definition

(drag is a kind of ...) engage as a participant

"Don't involve me in your family affairs!"

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