Meaning of PULL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ pʊl ]

( pulls, pulling, pulled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


When you pull something, you hold it firmly and use force in order to move it towards you or away from its previous position.

They have pulled out patients’ teeth unnecessarily...

Erica was solemn, pulling at her blonde curls...

I helped pull him out of the water...

Someone pulled her hair...

He knew he should pull the trigger, but he was suddenly paralysed by fear...

Pull as hard as you can...

I let myself out into the street and pulled the door shut.

VERB : V n with adv , V prep , V n prep , V n , V n , V , V n adj

Pull is also a noun.

The feather must be removed with a straight, firm pull.

N-COUNT : usu sing


When you pull an object from a bag, pocket, or cupboard, you put your hand in and bring the object out.

Jack pulled the slip of paper from his shirt pocket...

Wade walked quickly to the refrigerator and pulled out another beer.

VERB : V n prep , V n with adv


When a vehicle, animal, or person pulls a cart or piece of machinery, they are attached to it or hold it, so that it moves along behind them when they move forward.

This is early-20th-century rural Sussex, when horses still pulled the plough...

VERB : V n


If you pull yourself or pull a part of your body in a particular direction, you move your body or a part of your body with effort or force.

Hughes pulled himself slowly to his feet...

He pulled his arms out of the sleeves...

She tried to pull her hand free...

Lillian brushed his cheek with her fingertips. He pulled away and said, ‘Don’t!’

VERB : V pron-refl prep / adv , V n prep / adv , V n adj , V adv


When a driver or vehicle pulls to a stop or a halt, the vehicle stops.

He pulled to a stop behind a pickup truck...

VERB : V prep


In a race or contest, if you pull ahead of or pull away from an opponent, you gradually increase the amount by which you are ahead of them.

He pulled away, extending his lead to 15 seconds...

VERB : V adv


If you pull something apart , you break or divide it into small pieces, often in order to put them back together again in a different way.

If I wanted to improve the car significantly I would have to pull it apart and start again.

VERB : V n with adv


If someone pulls a gun or a knife on someone else, they take out a gun or knife and threaten the other person with it. ( INFORMAL )

They had a fight. One of them pulled a gun on the other...

I pulled a knife and threatened her.

VERB : V n on n , V n


To pull crowds, viewers, or voters means to attract them. ( INFORMAL )

The organisers have to employ performers to pull a crowd.

VERB : V n

Pull in means the same as pull .

They provided a far better news service and pulled in many more viewers...

She is still beautiful, and still pulling them in at sixty.

PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron) , V n P


A pull is a strong physical force which causes things to move in a particular direction.

...the pull of gravity.



If you pull a muscle, you injure it by straining it.

Dave pulled a back muscle and could barely kick the ball...

He suffered a pulled calf muscle.

VERB : V n , V-ed


To pull a stunt or a trick on someone means to do something dramatic or silly in order to get their attention or trick them. ( INFORMAL )

Everyone saw the stunt you pulled on me.

VERB : V n on n , also V n


If someone pulls someone else, they succeed in attracting them sexually and in spending the rest of the evening or night with them. ( BRIT INFORMAL )

VERB : V n , V


to pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps: see bootstraps

to pull a face: see face

to pull someone’s leg: see leg

to pull your punches: see punch

to pull rank: see rank

to pull out all the stops: see stop

to pull strings: see string

to pull your weight: see weight

to pull the wool over someone’s eyes: see wool

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.