Definition of tow
- tow a wagon
- trailers that tow behind the family auto
- —Bob Munger
The car was towed to the nearest garage after the accident.
The police towed my car because it was parked illegally.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to pull (a vehicle) behind another vehicle with a rope or chain
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