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tow

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verb \ˈtō\

Simple Definition of tow

  • : to pull (a vehicle) behind another vehicle with a rope or chain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tow

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to draw or pull along behind :  haul <tow a wagon>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to move in tow <trailers that tow behind the family auto — Bob Munger>

Examples of tow in a sentence

  1. The car was towed to the nearest garage after the accident.

  2. The police towed my car because it was parked illegally.



Origin and Etymology of tow

Middle English, from Old English togian; akin to Old English tēon to draw, pull, Old High German ziohan to draw, pull, Latin ducere to draw, lead


First Known Use: before 12th century


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tow

noun

Definition of tow

  1. 1 :  a rope or chain for towing

  2. 2a :  the act or an instance of towingb :  the fact or state of being towed

  3. 3a :  something towed (as a boat or car)b :  a group of barges lashed together and usually pushed

  4. 4a :  something (as a tugboat) that towsb :  ski tow

in tow

  1. 1 :  under guidance or protection <taken in tow by a friendly native>

  2. 2 :  accompanying or following usually as an attending or dependent party <not easy shopping with kids in tow>



1600

First Known Use of tow

1600


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tow

noun

Definition of tow

  1. 1 :  short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing

  2. 2a :  yarn or cloth made of towb :  a loose essentially untwisted strand of synthetic fibers



Origin and Etymology of tow

Middle English, from Old English tow- spinning; akin to Old Norse tuft of wool for spinning, Old English tawian to prepare for use — more at taw


First Known Use: 14th century


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tow

noun

Definition of tow

chiefly Scottish & dial English

  1. :  rope



Origin and Etymology of tow

Middle English (Scots), probably from Old English toh- (in tohlīne towline); akin to Old English togian to tow


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with tow



TOW Defined for Kids

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tow

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verb \ˈtō\

Definition of tow for Students

towed

towing

  1. :  to draw or pull along behind




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tow

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noun

Definition of tow for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of drawing or pulling along behind :  the fact or state of being drawn or pulled along behind




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tow

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noun

Definition of tow for Students

  1. :  short broken fiber of flax, hemp, or jute used for yarn, twine, or stuffing





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