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.
2a : advantage
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

drag, draw, hale, haul, lug, tow, tug

Synonyms: Noun

draw, haul, jerk, pluck, tug, wrench, yank

Antonyms: Verb

drive, propel, push

Antonyms: Noun

push

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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

Ten out of 14 metro lines were shut; iron gates were pulled tight over many stations; key hubs like the stations at Opéra and Montparnasse were closed. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — Parisians thronged the sidewalks, took to bikes and scooters, or canceled their morning commutes altogether Friday, faced with the biggest public transportation strike in nearly 13 years — a warning shot at President Emmanuel Macron’s government over its ambitious pension overhaul plan.," 14 Sep. 2019 With one out, Barria (4-9) was pulled after surrendering a single and a walk. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "The ailing Angels fall to Rays, their sixth straight loss as they limp to finish line," 14 Sep. 2019 Syndergaard was pulled after five innings and 102 pitches, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Ben Walker, courant.com, "Kershaw, Dodgers catch Syndergaard on bad day, beat Mets 9-2," 14 Sep. 2019 His final start at quarterback with the Cougars came in 2015 when he was pulled during a Homecoming game in front of family and friends his senior year. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando native Luke Poorman vying to make impact after winning back-to-back football championships," 13 Sep. 2019 Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown released the names of the last seven to be identified during a news conference Thursday, the day after the final human remains were pulled from the water. Washington Post, "Snoozing crew raises specter of criminal charge in boat fire," 13 Sep. 2019 They are pulled from the domain clintonemail.com between 2009 and 2013, per WikiLeaks, according to an online description from the curators. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "'Alert The House GOP.' After an Artist Printed 62,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton's Emails, She Showed Up at His Exhibition and Read Through Them," 12 Sep. 2019 The last of the 34 bodies was pulled from the water Wednesday, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown released the names of the last seven to be identified during a news conference Thursday. NBC News, "All six crew members asleep when fire broke out on California diving boat, NTSB finds," 12 Sep. 2019 Kenny was pulled into giving advice about raising and breeding chickens to local ranchers referred by feed stores. Ramona Sentinel, "Birding couple share tips for care and breeding of fowl," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Song choice: Even with the pull of British film royalty Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis behind it, the movie only uses 16 of the Beatles’ songs — fewer than the amount of No. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Blinded by the Light," 29 Aug. 2019 Because of the immense pull of Jupiter, most of the collisions ended up being head-on, sending the protoplanet directly to the core of Jupiter. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet," 14 Aug. 2019 Slabhead was slabbing his head against every ball that came within his orbit, with Tammy Abraham duly confirming to the gravitational pull of his pocket. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 1," 12 Aug. 2019 Fully automatic weapons that reload and fire continuously with the single pull of the trigger have long been banned for civilian use. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "What Trump has said about gun control in the past," 5 Aug. 2019 That current is driven partly by winds and partly by the pull from the sinking of cold water in the north. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "A weaker Gulf Stream may lead to rising seas and a hotter Florida," 2 Aug. 2019 Making changes against the pull of temptation and metabolism says these changes are possible, and that message, delivered steadily, wordlessly, lovingly, without judgment, over time, is more persuasive than ultimatums can ever be. Carolyn Hax, Anchorage Daily News, "Carolyn Hax: I want my husband to lose weight with me," 14 July 2019 Making changes against the pull of temptation and metabolism says these changes are possible, and that message, delivered steadily, wordlessly, lovingly, without judgment, over time, is more persuasive than ultimatums can ever be. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Wife wants couple to get healthy together," 14 July 2019 Making changes against the pull of temptation and metabolism says these changes are possible, and that message, delivered steadily, wordlessly, lovingly, without judgment, over time, is more persuasive than ultimatums can ever be. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Spouse finding it difficult to get healthy without husband’s support," 13 July 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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pull

verb

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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