haul

1 of 2

verb

hauled; hauling; hauls

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 MoonridgeKenneth Clark
the bull hauled back for another lungeF. B. Gipson
3
: to furnish transportation
a nominal charge for hauling
4
of the wind : shift

haul

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: the act or process of hauling (see haul entry 1) : 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 boughtN. M. Clark
b
: the length or course of a transportation route
a long haul
c
: a quantity transported : load
a haul of lumber
Phrases
haul ass
slang, often vulgar
: to move quickly
haul ass or you'll miss your flight

Examples of haul in a Sentence

Verb They hauled the boat up onto the beach. The car was hauled away to the junkyard. We used buckets to haul water up from the river. She hauled herself to her feet and limped home. I'm tired of hauling this heavy camera around with me. The prisoner was hauled away in handcuffs. They hauled her off to court. The cattle were hauled by rail. The company has a fleet of trucks that are used to haul freight. Noun each haul of the rope Authorities seized the drugs in one of the biggest drug hauls in the history of the county. The kids always collect a substantial haul of candy on Halloween. It's just a short haul from our cabin to the beach.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The streaming service earned 91 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, second only to HBO, which hauled 111, and well ahead of Hulu's 18 and Amazon's 16 according to Business Insider. Hamza Shaban, chicagotribune.com, 18 July 2017 Hundreds of people, including prominent intellectuals, had signed the charter by the time Mr Liu was hauled away to his cell. The Economist, 15 July 2017
Noun
That includes a haul of $1.4 million in the first six months of 2024, according to her campaign. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 11 July 2024 Thursday’s election saw Labour win 412 seats — nearly a record haul — to the Conservatives’ 121 — the lowest since its founding in the 1830s. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for haul 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of haul was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near haul

Cite this Entry

“Haul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haul. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

haul

1 of 2 verb
1
: to pull or drag with effort : draw
haul a cart
2
: to obtain or move by or as if by hauling
3
: to transport in a vehicle
4
: to bring before an authority : hale
hauled him into court
hauler noun

haul

2 of 2 noun
1
: the act or process of hauling : pull
2
a
: an amount collected : take
a burglar's haul
b
: the amount of fish taken in a single drawing of a net
3
: the distance over which a load is hauled
a long haul
Etymology

Verb

Middle English halen "to pull," from early French haler (same meaning); of Germanic origin — related to hale entry 2

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