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haul

verb \ ˈhȯl \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of haul

transitive verb
1 a : to cause (something) to move by pulling or drawing : to exert traction on
  • haul a wagon
b : to obtain or move by or as if by hauling
  • was hauled to parties night after night by his wife
c : to transport in a vehicle : cart
  • The cattle were hauled to market.
  • trucks hauling freight
2 : to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind
3 : to bring before an authority for interrogation or judgment : hale
  • haul traffic violators into court
intransitive verb
1 : to exert traction : pull
  • haul back on the reins
2 : to move along : proceed
  • about three o'clock we hauled into Moonridge
  • —Kenneth Clark
  • the bull hauled back for another lunge
  • —F. B. Gipson
3 : to furnish transportation
  • a nominal charge for hauling
4 of the wind : shift
haul ass
slang, often vulgar
: to move quickly
  • haul ass or you'll miss your flight

Examples of haul in a Sentence

  1. They hauled the boat up onto the beach.

  2. The car was hauled away to the junkyard.

  3. We used buckets to haul water up from the river.

  4. She hauled herself to her feet and limped home.

  5. I'm tired of hauling this heavy camera around with me.

  6. The prisoner was hauled away in handcuffs.

  7. They hauled her off to court.

  8. The cattle were hauled by rail.

  9. The company has a fleet of trucks that are used to haul freight.

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Origin and Etymology of haul

Middle English halen to pull, from Anglo-French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain

haul Synonyms

Synonyms
drag, draw, hale, pull, lug, tow, tug
Antonyms
drive, propel, push
Related Words
attract; heave, jerk, yank; carry, convey, ferry, move, transport
Near Antonyms
shove, thrust

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haul

noun

Definition of haul

1 a : the act or process of hauling (see 1haul) : pull
  • The rope stood up under the strain of the haul.
b : a device for pulling or carting something : a device for hauling
2 a : the result of an effort to obtain, collect, or win
  • the burglar's haul
b : the quantity of fish taken in a single draft of a net
3 a : the act or process of transporting something in a vehicle : transportation by hauling
  • a rail haul meant that several hundred expensive … cars would have to be bought
  • —N. M. Clark
b : the length or course of a transportation route
  • a long haul
c : a quantity transported : load
  • a haul of lumber

Examples of haul in a Sentence

  1. each haul of the rope

  2. Authorities seized the drugs in one of the biggest drug hauls in the history of the county.

  3. The kids always collect a substantial haul of candy on Halloween.

  4. It's just a short haul from our cabin to the beach.

Recent Examples of haul from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of haul

see 1haul



HAUL Defined for English Language Learners

haul

verb

Definition of haul for English Language Learners

  • : to pull or drag (something) with effort

  • : to move or carry (something) with effort

  • : to force (someone) to go or come to a place


haul

noun

Definition of haul for English Language Learners

  • : the act of pulling or dragging something with effort : the act of hauling something

  • : a usually large amount of something that has been stolen, collected, or won

  • : a distance to be traveled


HAUL Defined for Kids

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haul

verb \ ˈhȯl \

Definition of haul for Students

hauled; hauling
1 : to pull or drag with effort
2 : to transport in a vehicle
  • haul freight

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haul

noun

Definition of haul for Students

1 : the act of pulling or hauling
  • They got closer with each haul.
2 : an amount collected
  • a burglar's haul
3 : the distance or route traveled or over which a load is moved
  • It's a long haul to the beach.


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