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Definition 1: the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the pull up the hill had him breathing harder
  • his strenuous pulling strained his back

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) the act of propelling

(... is a kind of pull ) the act of dragging (pulling with force)

"the drag up the hill exhausted him"

(... is a kind of pull ) the act of drawing or hauling something

"the haul up the hill went very slowly"

(... is a kind of pull ) a sudden abrupt pull

(... is a kind of pull ) the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling

(... is a kind of pull ) the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence

(... is a kind of pull ) the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

(... is a kind of pull ) (orthopedics) the act of pulling on a bone or limb (as in a fracture) to relieve pressure or align parts in a special way during healing

"his leg was in traction for several days"

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

Samples where pull 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 pull in the sense of this definition

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

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

"the boys took a few tokes on a joint"

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

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

Definition 3: a sustained effort - [noun denoting act]

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

  • it was a long pull but we made it

(pull is a kind of ...) use of physical or mental energy; hard work

"he got an A for effort" "they managed only with great exertion"

Definition 4: a device used for pulling something - [noun denoting artifact]

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

  • he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer

(pull is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of pull ) a handle or cord that is pulled to ring a doorbell or a servant's bell etc.

(... is a kind of pull ) a chain (usually with a handle at the end) that is pulled in order to operate some mechanism (e.g. to flush a toilet)

Definition 5: special advantage or influence - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • the chairman's nephew has a lot of pull

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

"the experience gave him the advantage over me"

Definition 6: the force used in pulling - [noun denoting phenomenon]

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

  • the pull of the moon
  • the pull of the current

(pull is a kind of ...) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

"force equals mass times acceleration"

Definition 7: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments - [noun denoting state]

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

  • the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell
  • he was sidelined with a hamstring pull

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

(... is a kind of pull ) a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments

Definition 8: strain abnormally - [verb of body]

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

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

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

Definition 9: take away - [verb of change]

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

  • pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf

(pull is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 10: take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for - [verb of competition]

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

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

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) take sides for or against

"Who are you siding with?" "I'm siding against the current candidate"

Definition 11: cause to move by pulling - [verb of contact]

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

  • draw a wagon
  • pull a sled

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull 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"

(... is a kind of pull ) move or pull with a sudden motion

(... is a kind of pull ) pull or pull out sharply

"pluck the flowers off the bush"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull or lift up with or as if with a winch

"winch up the slack line"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull, or move with a sudden movement

"He turned the handle and jerked the door open"

(... is a kind of pull ) 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"

(... is a kind of pull ) draw slowly or heavily

"haul stones" "haul nets"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull, as against a resistance

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

(... is a kind of pull ) pull or strain hard at

"Each oar was tugged by several men"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

"he plucked the strings of his mandolin"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull in opposite directions

"During the Inquisition, the torturers would stretch their victims on a rack"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull away from the body

"this muscle abducts"

(... is a kind of pull ) draw a limb towards the body

"adduct the thigh muscle"

(... is a kind of pull ) move to a rearward position; pull towards the back

"Pull back your arms!"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 12: tear or be torn violently - [verb of contact]

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

  • The curtain ripped from top to bottom
  • pull the cooked chicken into strips

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) separate or cause to separate abruptly

"The rope snapped" "tear the paper"

Definition 13: direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes - [verb of contact]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

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

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull hard

"The prisoner tugged at the chains" "This movie tugs at the heart strings"

(... is a kind of pull ) attract and fix

"His look caught her" "She caught his eye" "Catch the attention of the waiter"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) pull inward or towards a center

"The pilot drew in the landing gear" "The cat retracted his claws"

(... is a kind of pull ) attract the attention of

"The noise and the screaming brought the curious"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) shape one's body into a curl

"She curled farther down under the covers" "She fell and drew in"

Definition 14: hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing - [verb of contact]

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

  • pull the ball

(pull is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(pull belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 15: apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion - [verb of contact]

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

  • Pull the rope
  • Pull the handle towards you
  • pull the string gently
  • pull the trigger of the gun
  • pull your knees towards your chin

(pull is a kind of ...) do forcibly; exert force

"Don't force it!"

(... is a kind of pull ) twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates

"wrench a window off its hinges" "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip" "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"

(... is a kind of pull ) draw and bring closer

"she gathered her shawl around her shoulders"

(... is a kind of pull ) exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away

"the gravitational pull of a planet attracts other bodies"

(... is a kind of pull ) pull up

"He hitched up his socks and pants"

(... is a kind of pull ) pluck or pull at with the fingers

"She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse"

(... is a kind of pull ) use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

(... is a kind of pull ) pull towards oneself

"He drew the crying child close"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

Definition 16: strip of feathers - [verb of contact]

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

  • pull a chicken
  • pluck the capon

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) remove the surface from

"strip wood"

Definition 17: remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense - [verb of contact]

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

  • pull weeds
  • extract a bad tooth
  • take out a splinter
  • extract information from the telegram

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of pull ) extract (liquid) by squeezing or pressing

"wring out the washcloth"

(... is a kind of pull ) extract information from a modulated carrier wave

(... is a kind of pull ) remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string

"She had her eyebrows threaded"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 18: steer into a certain direction - [verb of motion]

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

  • pull one's horse to a stand
  • Pull the car over

(pull is a kind of ...) cause someone or something to move by driving

"She drove me to school every day" "We drove the car to the garage"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) move into a certain direction

"the car pulls to the right"

Definition 19: move into a certain direction - [verb of motion]

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

  • the car pulls to the right

(pull is a kind of ...) move by being propelled by a force

"The car drove around the corner"

(... is a kind of pull ) drive in front of another vehicle leaving too little space for that vehicle to maneuver comfortably

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) steer into a certain direction

"pull one's horse to a stand" "Pull the car over"

Definition 20: operate when rowing a boat - [verb of motion]

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

  • pull the oars

(pull is a kind of ...) propel with oars

"row the boat across the lake"

Definition 21: bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover - [verb of motion]

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

  • draw a weapon
  • pull out a gun
  • The mugger pulled a knife on his victim

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of pull ) draw from a sheath or scabbard

"the knight unsheathed his sword"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) take away

"pull the old soup cans from the supermarket shelf"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) take liquid out of a container or well

"She drew water from the barrel"

Definition 22: rein in to keep from winning a race - [verb of motion]

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

  • pull a horse

(pull is a kind of ...) stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins

"He reined in his horses in front of the post office"

Definition 23: cause to move in a certain direction by exerting a force upon, either physically or in an abstract sense - [verb of motion]

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

  • A declining dollar pulled down the export figures for the last quarter

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull 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"

(pull has a similar meaning as ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

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

  • perpetrate a crime
  • pull a bank robbery

Synonyms for pull in the sense of this definition

(pull is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of pull ) carry out or commit

"make a mistake" "commit a faux-pas"

(... is a kind of pull ) commit once again, as of a crime

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