verb \ˈpu̇l also ˈpəl\

Definition of pull

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the forceb :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly pull taffyc :  to strain abnormally pull a tendond :  to hold back (a racehorse) from winninge :  to work (an oar) by drawing back strongly

  3. 2a :  to draw out from the skin pull feathers from a rooster's tailb :  to pluck from a plant or by the roots pull flowers pull turnipsc :  extract pull a tooth

  4. 3 :  to hit (a ball) toward the left from a right-handed swing or toward the right from a left-handed swing — compare push

  5. 4 :  to draw apart :  rend, tear

  6. 5 :  to print (something, such as a proof) by impression

  7. 6 :  to remove from a place or situation pull the engine pulled the pitcher in the third inning pulled the show

  8. 7 :  to bring (a weapon) into the open pulled a knife

  9. 8a :  perform, carry out pull an all-nighter pull guard dutyb :  commit, perpetrate pull a robbery pull a prank

  10. 9a :  put on, assume pull a grinb :  to act or behave in the manner of pulled a Horace Greely and went west — Steve Rushin

  11. 10a :  to draw the support or attention of :  attract pull votes —often used with inb :  obtain, secure pulled a B in the course

  12. 11 :  to demand or obtain an advantage over someone by the assertion of pull rank

  13. intransitive verb
  14. 1a :  to use force in drawing, dragging, or tuggingb :  to move especially through the exercise of mechanical energy the car pulled clear of the rutc (1) :  to take a drink (2) :  to draw hard in smoking pulled at a piped :  to strain against the bit

  15. 2 :  to draw a gun

  16. 3 :  to admit of being pulled

  17. 4 :  to feel or express strong sympathy :  root pulling for my team to win

  18. 5 of an offensive lineman in football :  to move back from the line of scrimmage and toward one flank to provide blocking for a ballcarrier



pull a face

  1. :  to make a face :  grimace

pull a fast one

  1. :  to perpetrate a trick or fraud

pull oneself together

  1. :  to regain one's composure

pull one's leg

  1. :  to deceive someone playfully :  hoax

pull one's weight

  1. :  to do one's full share of the work

pull punches

or less commonly

pull a punch

  1. :  to refrain from using all the force at one's disposal

pull stakes


pull up stakes

  1. :  to move out :  leave

pull strings

or less commonly

pull wires

  1. :  to exert hidden influence or control

pull the plug

  1. 1 :  to disconnect a medical life-support system

  2. 2 :  to withdraw essential and especially financial support

pull the rug from under

  1. :  to weaken or unsettle especially by removing support or assistance from

pull the string

  1. :  to throw a changeup

pull the trigger

  1. :  to make a decisive move or action

pull the wool over one's eyes

  1. :  to blind to the true situation :  hoodwink

pull together

  1. :  to work in harmony :  cooperate

Examples of pull in a Sentence

  1. He pulled the door open and ran out.

  2. The cat will scratch you if you keep pulling its tail.

  3. Make a knot in the rope and pull it tight.

  4. Pull the baby's chair closer to the table.

  5. She pulled the blanket over her head.

  6. We tried pushing and pulling but couldn't get the couch to move.

  7. Grab the end of the rope and pull as hard as you can.

  8. We spent the morning in the garden pulling weeds.

  9. I accidentally pulled one of the buttons off my shirt.

  10. He pulled the plug out of the socket.

Origin and Etymology of pull

Middle English, from Old English pullian; akin to Middle Low German pulen to shell, cull

First Known Use: before 12th century



noun, often attributive

Definition of pull

  1. 1a :  the act or an instance of pullingb (1) :  a draft of liquid (2) :  an inhalation of smokec :  the effort expended in moving a long pull uphilld :  force required to overcome resistance to pulling a trigger with a four pound pull

  2. 2a :  advantageb :  special influence

  3. 3 :  proof 6a

  4. 4 :  a device for pulling something or for operating by pulling a drawer pull

  5. 5 :  a force that attracts, compels, or influences :  attraction

  6. 6 :  an injury resulting from abnormal straining or stretching a muscle pull a groin pull

Examples of pull in a Sentence

  1. She gave the door a few hard pulls and it opened.

  2. Give the rope a pull.

  3. He has a lot of pull in local political circles.

14th Century

First Known Use of pull

14th century

PULL Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of pull for English Language Learners

  • : to hold onto and move (someone or something) in a particular direction and especially toward yourself

  • : to remove (something) by gripping it and using force

  • : to cause (something you are holding or something that is attached to you) to move with you as you go in a particular direction



Definition of pull for English Language Learners

  • : the act of moving or trying to move something by holding it and bringing it toward you : the act of pulling something

  • : special influence and power over other people

  • : an ability or power to attract someone or to make someone want to go somewhere, do something, etc.

PULL Defined for Kids



verb \ˈpu̇l\

Definition of pull for Students




  1. 1 :  to use force on so as to cause movement toward the force pulled the rope pulling a wagon

  2. 2 :  to separate from a firm or a natural attachment pull a tooth pull weeds

  3. 3 :  1move 1 A train pulled out of the station.

  4. 4 :  to draw apart :  tear, rend I pulled a flower to pieces.

  5. 5 :  to move (something) up or down Pull down the shade.

  6. 6 :  to operate by drawing toward Going against the current, he had to pull the oars harder.

  7. 7 :  to stretch repeatedly pull taffy

pull through

  1. :  to survive a difficult or dangerous period She was seriously ill, but pulled through.




Definition of pull for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of grasping and causing to move two pulls on the cord

  2. 2 :  a device for making something move

  3. 3 :  a force that draws one body toward another the pull of gravity

Medical Dictionary



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transitive verb \ˈpu̇l\

Medical Definition of pull

  1. 1:  extract 1 pull a tooth

  2. 2:  to strain or stretch abnormally pull a tendon pull a muscle




Medical Definition of pull

  1. :  an injury resulting from abnormal straining or stretching especially of a muscle—see groin pull

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