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tug

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verb \ˈtəg\

Definition of tug

tugged

tugging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pull hard

  3. 2 :  to struggle in opposition :  contend

  4. 3 :  to exert oneself laboriously :  labor

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to pull or strain hard at

  7. 2a :  to move by pulling hard :  haulb :  to carry with difficulty :  lug

  8. 3 :  to tow with a tugboat

tugger

noun

Examples of tug in a sentence

  1. I felt someone tugging on my sleeve.

  2. She tugged the cord until the plug came out of the wall socket.

Origin and Etymology of tug

Middle English tuggen; akin to Old English togian to pull — more at tow


First Known Use: 14th century


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tug

noun

Definition of tug

  1. 1a :  3trace 1b :  a short leather strap or loopc :  a rope or chain used for pulling

  2. 2a :  an act or instance of tugging :  pullb :  a strong pulling force

  3. 3a :  a straining effortb :  a struggle between two people or opposite forces

  4. 4 :  tugboat

Examples of tug in a sentence

  1. He felt a gentle tug on his sleeve.

  2. <gave the man in front a tug on his shirtsleeve as a sign that he was supposed to step aside>

15th Century

First Known Use of tug

15th century

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TUG Defined for English Language Learners

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tug

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verb \ˈtəg\

Definition of tug for English Language Learners

  • : to pull something with a quick, forceful movement


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tug

noun

Definition of tug for English Language Learners

  • : an act of pulling on something : a quick pull

  • : a strong pulling force


TUG Defined for Kids

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tug

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verb \ˈtəg\

Definition of tug for Students

tugged

tugging

  1. 1 :  to pull hard <I tugged at the rope.>

  2. 2 :  to move by pulling hard :  drag

  3. 3 :  to tow with a tugboat


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tug

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noun

Definition of tug for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of pulling hard :  a hard pull <She gave him a tug.>

  2. 2 :  tugboat

  3. 3 :  a strong pulling force <the tug of gravity>

  4. 4 :  a struggle between two people or forces


Medical Dictionary

tug

Medical Definition of tug



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