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tow

verb \ ˈtō \

Definition of tow

transitive verb
:to draw or pull along behind :haul
  • tow a wagon
intransitive verb
: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

tow Synonyms

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

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tow

noun

Definition of tow

1 a :the act or an instance of towing
b :the fact or state of being towed
2 a :something towed (such as a boat or car)
b :a group of barges lashed together and usually pushed
3 a :something (such as a tugboat) that tows
b :ski tow
4 :a rope or chain for towing
in tow
1 :accompanying or following usually as an attending or dependent party
  • not easy shopping with kids in tow
2 :under guidance or protection
  • taken in tow by a friendly native

First Known Use of tow

1600


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tow

noun

Definition of tow

1 :short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing
2 a :yarn or cloth made of tow
b :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


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tow

noun

Definition of tow

chiefly Scotland and dialects of England
:rope

Origin and Etymology of tow

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



TOW Defined for English Language Learners

tow

verb

Definition of tow for English Language Learners

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


TOW Defined for Kids

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tow

verb \ ˈtō \

Definition of tow for Students

towed; towing
:to draw or pull along behind

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tow

noun

Definition of tow for Students

: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

noun

Definition of tow for Students

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


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