Meaning of DRAG in English

DRAG

/ dræg; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

( -gg- )

PULL

1.

[ vn , usually + adv. / prep. ] to pull sb/sth along with effort and difficulty :

I dragged the chair over to the window.

They dragged her from her bed.

➡ note at pull

MOVE SLOWLY

2.

[+ adv. / prep. ] to move yourself slowly and with effort :

[ vn ]

I managed to drag myself out of bed.

[ v ]

She always drags behind when we walk anywhere.

PERSUADE SB TO GO

3.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to persuade sb to come or go somewhere they do not really want to come or go to :

I'm sorry to drag you all this way in the heat.

The party was so good I couldn't drag myself away.

OF TIME

4.

[ v ] ( of time or an event ) to pass very slowly :

Time dragged terribly.

The meeting really dragged.

—see also drag on

TOUCH GROUND

5.

to move, or make sth move, partly touching the ground :

[ v ]

This dress is too long—it drags on the ground when I walk.

[ vn ]

He was dragging his coat in the mud.

SEARCH RIVER

6.

[ vn ] drag sth (for sb/sth) to search the bottom of a river, lake, etc. with nets or hooks :

They dragged the canal for the missing children.

COMPUTING

7.

[ vn + adv. / prep. ] to move some text, an icon , etc. across the screen of a computer using the mouse

IDIOMS

- drag your feet / heels

—more at bootstrap

PHRASAL VERBS

- drag by

- drag sb down

- drag sb/sth down (to sth)

- drag sth/sb into sth | drag sth/sb in

- drag on

- drag sth out

- drag sth out of sb

- drag sth up

■ noun

BORING PERSON / THING

1.

[ sing. ] ( informal ) a boring person or thing; sth that is annoying :

He's such a drag.

Walking's a drag—let's drive there.

Having to work late every day is a drag.

SB / STH STOPPING PROGRESS

2.

[ sing. ] a ~ on sb/sth ( informal ) a person or thing that makes progress difficult :

He came to be seen as a drag on his own party's prospects.

ON CIGARETTE

3.

[ C ] ( informal ) an act of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, etc.

SYN draw :

She took a long drag on her cigarette.

WOMEN'S CLOTHES

4.

[ U ] ( informal ) clothes that are usually worn by the opposite sex (usually women's clothes worn by men) :

He performed in drag.

a drag queen (= a man who dresses in women's clothes, usually in order to entertain people)

PHYSICS

5.

[ U ] the force of the air that acts against the movement of an aircraft or other vehicle

—see also main drag

—compare lift

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old English dragan or Old Norse draga to draw; the noun partly from Middle Low German dragge grapnel, a grappling hook.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.