pull

verb
\ ˈpu̇l How to pronounce pull (audio) also ˈpəl How to pronounce pull (audio) \
pulled; pulling; pulls

Definition of pull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force
b : to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly pull taffy
c : to strain abnormally pull a tendon
d : to hold back (a racehorse) from winning
e : to work (an oar) by drawing back strongly
2a : to draw out from the skin pull feathers from a rooster's tail
b : to pluck from a plant or by the roots pull flowers pull turnips
c : extract pull a tooth
3 : to hit (a ball) toward the left from a right-handed swing or toward the right from a left-handed swing — compare push
4 : to draw apart : rend, tear
5 : to print (something, such as a proof) by impression
6a : to remove from a place or situation pull the engine pulled the pitcher in the third inning pulled the show
b : revoke If they're caught dumping, they'll get their license pulled.— Alexandra Alger
7 : to bring (a weapon) into the open pulled a knife
8a : perform, carry out pull an all-nighter pull guard duty
b : commit, perpetrate pull a robbery pull a prank
9a : put on, assume pull a grin
b : to act or behave in the manner of pulled a Horace Greely and went west— Steve Rushin
10a : to draw the support or attention of : attract pull votes often used with in
b : obtain, secure pulled a B in the course
11 : to demand or obtain an advantage over someone by the assertion of pull rank

intransitive verb

1a : to use force in drawing, dragging, or tugging
b : to move especially through the exercise of mechanical energy the car pulled clear of the rut
c(1) : to take a drink
(2) : to draw hard in smoking pulled at a pipe
d : to strain against the bit
2 : to draw a gun
3 : to admit of being pulled
4 : to feel or express strong sympathy : root pulling for my team to win
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
: to make a face : grimace
pull a fast one
: to perpetrate a trick or fraud
pull oneself together
: to regain one's composure
pull one's leg
: to deceive someone playfully : hoax
pull one's weight
: to do one's full share of the work
pull punches or less commonly pull a punch
: to refrain from using all the force at one's disposal
pull stakes or pull up stakes
: to move out : leave
pull strings or less commonly pull wires
: to exert hidden influence or control
pull the plug
1 : to disconnect a medical life-support system
2 : to withdraw essential and especially financial support
pull the rug from under
: to weaken or unsettle especially by removing support or assistance from
pull the string
: to throw a changeup
pull the trigger
: to make a decisive move or action
pull the wool over one's eyes
: to blind to the true situation : hoodwink
pull together
: to work in harmony : cooperate

pull

noun, often attributive

Definition of pull (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or an instance of pulling
b(1) : a draft of liquid
(2) : an inhalation of smoke
c : the effort expended in moving a long pull uphill
d : force required to overcome resistance to pulling a trigger with a four pound pull
e : a competition in which a heavily weighted sled is pulled by participants usually using draft animals or machines a tractor pull the county fair's annual ox pull The truck pull may be one one of the machine age's weirdest mutations. Modified pickup trucks and dragsters are hooked to trailers or "sleds" weighed down with 30,000 to 40,000 pounds … They rev up their engines and slog their way across a 200-foot mud track.
b : special influence
4 : a device for pulling something or for operating by pulling a drawer pull
5 : a force that attracts, compels, or influences : attraction
6 : an injury resulting from abnormal straining or stretching a muscle pull a groin pull

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Other Words from pull

Verb

puller noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pull

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of pull in a Sentence

Verb He pulled the door open and ran out. The cat will scratch you if you keep pulling its tail. Make a knot in the rope and pull it tight. Pull the baby's chair closer to the table. She pulled the blanket over her head. We tried pushing and pulling but couldn't get the couch to move. Grab the end of the rope and pull as hard as you can. We spent the morning in the garden pulling weeds. I accidentally pulled one of the buttons off my shirt. He pulled the plug out of the socket. Noun She gave the door a few hard pulls and it opened. Give the rope a pull. He has a lot of pull in local political circles.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Photos of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' wedding, which took place at the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, will be among those pulled from the site. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' Plantation Wedding Photos Are Now Banned from Pinterest," 8 Dec. 2019 The rooms are littered with empty soda cans, pie leftover from Thanksgiving, and boxes pulled from shelves containing files from past impeachments. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Far from any television camera and a half world away from Ukraine, a few dozen Democratic staff aides, lawyers, and House members are grinding away this weekend in a loose clump of Capitol Hill offices, the beating heart of the impeachment operation against President Donald Trump.," 7 Dec. 2019 Early iron compass needles were magnetized by lodestone, or magnetized magnetite minerals, pulled from the Earth. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Magnets Work?," 7 Dec. 2019 Because the Lib Dems have pulled votes equally from their two rivals, further growth in their support would probably cost both Labour and the Tories seats. The Economist, "Dual threat Voting Lib Dem could hurt the Tories as much as Labour," 7 Dec. 2019 The rooms are littered with empty soda cans, pie leftover from Thanksgiving and boxes pulled from shelves containing files from past impeachments. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Behind the Scenes of Impeachment: Crammed Offices, Late Nights, Cold Pizza," 7 Dec. 2019 Jackson is averaging slightly less than 27 pass attempts per game but hasn’t thrown more than 25 times since Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers — also a byproduct of being pulled from the field in decisive victories. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "‘It’s not ideal, but we’re winning’: Being a Ravens receiver a test of patience, preparedness," 6 Dec. 2019 The number of active oil and gas rigs in the U.S. has been falling through 2019 as companies have pulled rigs from operation due to an oil price slump between $50 and $60 per barrel. Houston Chronicle, "Rig count drops below 800 as Texas operators pull back," 6 Dec. 2019 Notably, Verdin said, proteins pulled from the blood come from all over the body, not just one tissue or organ system. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Scientists develop a ‘clock’ that can measure biological age based on blood proteins," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the pull of difference was matched with a sense, at least as strong, that the border didn’t so much divide two nations as amble over a contiguous region. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, "What Are Borders For?," 27 Nov. 2019 As the council addresses those looming issues, Nickerson advised the next council chair to balance the sometimes-contradictory pulls of local services, local schools and the residential tax burden. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Farmington town council candidates focus on high school renovation, community input," 31 Oct. 2019 In game design, one way to ward off the pull of efficiency involves stripping video games of the challenges, goals, and tasks associated with playbor. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019 At its worst, the pull of the threads will feel a little like plucking your eyebrows with tweezers. Harper's BAZAAR, "Exactly What You Need to Know About Eyebrow Threading," 30 Sep. 2019 It’s more about the pull factors, in my experience, than traditional weather or agricultural or seasonal workers. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "DHS expects 25 percent drop in border crossings in June, pointing to U.S., Mexican efforts to deter migration," 28 June 2019 Dickson feels the gravitational pull of Austin more acutely than most San Antonians. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Is San Antonio learning to play nice with Austin?," 21 Nov. 2019 Back in the 1950s, House Beautiful wrote about the then-hot trend of pull-out dividers, which screened the kitchen from the dining room to hide all of the cooking mess. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "A Canadian Company Has Created an Actual Invisibility Cloak," 8 Nov. 2019 The pull-out drawer holds a treasure of accessories. 12. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Exclusive look at Disney's Top 15 Toys of 2019: Frozen 2, Star Wars, Marvel and Lion King," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pull

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pull

Verb

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

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The first known use of pull was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pull.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulled%20together. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for pull

pull

verb
How to pronounce pull (audio) How to pronounce pull (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

pull

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pull (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
\ ˈpu̇l How to pronounce pull (audio) \
pulled; pulling

Kids Definition of pull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to use force on so as to cause movement toward the force pulled the rope pulling a wagon
2 : to separate from a firm or a natural attachment pull a tooth pull weeds
3 : move entry 1 sense 1 A train pulled out of the station.
4 : to draw apart : tear, rend I pulled a flower to pieces.
5 : to move (something) up or down Pull down the shade.
6 : to operate by drawing toward Going against the current, he had to pull the oars harder.
7 : to stretch repeatedly pull taffy
pull through
: to survive a difficult or dangerous period She was seriously ill, but pulled through.

pull

noun

Kids Definition of pull (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of grasping and causing to move two pulls on the cord
2 : a device for making something move
3 : a force that draws one body toward another the pull of gravity
\ ˈpu̇l How to pronounce pull (audio) \

Medical Definition of pull

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extract sense 1 pull a tooth
2 : to strain or stretch abnormally pull a tendon pull a muscle

pull

noun

Medical Definition of pull (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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