haul

verb
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce haul (audio) \
hauled; hauling; hauls

Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause (something) to move by pulling or drawing : to exert traction on haul a wagon
b : to obtain or move by or as if by hauling was hauled to parties night after night by his wife
c : to transport in a vehicle : cart The cattle were hauled to market. trucks hauling freight
2 : to change the course of (a ship) especially so as to sail closer to the wind
3 : to bring before an authority for interrogation or judgment : hale haul traffic violators into court

intransitive verb

1 : to exert traction : pull haul back on the reins
2 : to move along : proceed about three o'clock we hauled into Moonridge— Kenneth Clark the bull hauled back for another lunge— F. B. Gipson
3 : to furnish transportation a nominal charge for hauling
4 of the wind : shift
haul ass
slang, often vulgar
: to move quickly haul ass or you'll miss your flight

haul

noun

Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of hauling (see haul entry 1) : pull The rope stood up under the strain of the haul.
b : a device for pulling or carting something : a device for hauling
2a : the result of an effort to obtain, collect, or win the burglar's haul
b : the quantity of fish taken in a single draft of a net
3a : the act or process of transporting something in a vehicle : transportation by hauling a rail haul meant that several hundred expensive … cars would have to be bought— N. M. Clark
b : the length or course of a transportation route a long haul
c : a quantity transported : load a haul of lumber

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Synonyms & Antonyms for haul

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of haul in a Sentence

Verb They hauled the boat up onto the beach. The car was hauled away to the junkyard. We used buckets to haul water up from the river. She hauled herself to her feet and limped home. I'm tired of hauling this heavy camera around with me. The prisoner was hauled away in handcuffs. They hauled her off to court. The cattle were hauled by rail. The company has a fleet of trucks that are used to haul freight. Noun each haul of the rope Authorities seized the drugs in one of the biggest drug hauls in the history of the county. The kids always collect a substantial haul of candy on Halloween. It's just a short haul from our cabin to the beach.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The streaming service earned 91 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards, second only to HBO, which hauled 111, and well ahead of Hulu's 18 and Amazon's 16 according to Business Insider. Hamza Shaban, chicagotribune.com, 18 July 2017 Hundreds of people, including prominent intellectuals, had signed the charter by the time Mr Liu was hauled away to his cell. The Economist, 15 July 2017 A pipeline that hauls oil from West Texas’ Permian Basin to Houston shut Thursday after a 1,200-barrel spill near the state capital, Austin. Ben Sharples, Bloomberg.com, 14 July 2017 Yeah, there's the handful of students who love running and are cooling at the finish line in ten minutes flat, but for everyone else, hauling yourself a full mile at a jog is no small feat. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, 13 July 2017 The group is scheduled to meet with Waste Management, the company which hauls Mobile's garbage, on Wednesday. John Sharp, AL.com, 11 July 2017 Several cars of a freight train hauling crude oil derailed Friday night in Plainfield prompting an evacuation but no injuries, officials said. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 30 June 2017 The victim was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive his head wounds, Officer John Buttle said.. Officers cruised around the area, looking for the Winnebago hauling a black Jeep. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, 28 June 2017 According to Kansas City police, a truck hauling construction equipment struck part of the bridge, which dislodged concrete. Toriano Porter And Joe Robertson, kansascity.com, 24 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another population that has yet to be addressed by return-to-office planning are those suffering from long-haul Covid-19 symptoms. Cecile Alper-leroux, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 And that doesn't take into account those dealing with long-haul Covid symptoms and long-term respiratory issues. Eric Levenson, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 New evidence suggests that some breakthrough infections can lead to long-haul symptoms in a small proportion of vaccinated people. Tara Haelle, Wired, 5 Aug. 2021 Research in England released in June found as many as 2 million people living there were experiencing long-haul symptoms, The Washington Post reported. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021 This adds to a growing body of research on COVID-19's apparent long-haul symptoms, which can include confusion, forgetfulness and other worrying signs of memory loss. Dr. Odelia Lewis And Sony Salzman, ABC News, 30 July 2021 People are still dying daily of COVID-19, and possibly millions of survivors struggle with debilitating long-haul symptoms. Ekemini Uwan, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 Unvaccinated people continue to be at the highest risk, experiencing high rates of infection and its complications, including hospitalization, death, and long-haul symptoms. Dharushana Muthulinga, Vogue, 6 July 2021 And their parents or grandparents were frequently falling ill — many subsequently died or developed long-haul symptoms. Stewart Ain, sun-sentinel.com, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of haul

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haul

Verb and Noun

Middle English halen to pull, from Anglo-French haler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch halen to pull; akin to Old English geholian to obtain

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The first known use of haul was in the 13th century

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“Haul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haul. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for haul

haul

verb

English Language Learners Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pull or drag (something) with effort
: to move or carry (something) with effort
: to force (someone) to go or come to a place

haul

noun

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

: the act of pulling or dragging something with effort : the act of hauling something
: a usually large amount of something that has been stolen, collected, or won
: a distance to be traveled

haul

verb
\ ˈhȯl How to pronounce haul (audio) \
hauled; hauling

Kids Definition of haul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pull or drag with effort
2 : to transport in a vehicle haul freight

haul

noun

Kids Definition of haul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of pulling or hauling They got closer with each haul.
2 : an amount collected a burglar's haul
3 : the distance or route traveled or over which a load is moved It's a long haul to the beach.

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