American English

Definition of drag verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drag
    he / she / it drags
    past simple dragged
    -ing form dragging
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  1. 1[transitive] (+ adv./prep.) to pull someone or something along with effort and difficulty I dragged the chair over to the window. They dragged her from her bed. The sack is too heavy to lift—you'll have to drag it. He quickly dragged a comb through his hair. Thesauruspulldrag draw haul tow tugThese words all mean to move something in a particular direction, especially toward or behind you.pull to hold something and move it in a particular direction; to hold or be attached to a vehicle and move it along behind you:Pull the chair closer to the table. They use horses to pull their carts.drag to pull someone or something in a particular direction or behind you, usually along the ground, and especially with effort:The sack is too heavy to lift—you'll have to drag it.draw (formal) to move someone or something by pulling them/it gently; to pull a vehicle such as a carriage:I drew my chair closer to the fire. a horse-drawn carriagehaul to pull someone or something to a particular place with a lot of effort:Liz hauled her suitcase up the stairs.drag or haul?You usually drag something behind you along the ground; you usually haul something toward you, often upward toward you. Dragging something often needs effort, but hauling something always does.tow to pull a car, boat, or light plane behind another vehicle, using a rope or chain:Our car was towed away by the police.tug to pull someone or something hard in a particular direction:The boy tugged at his father's sleeve.Patterns to pull/drag/draw/haul/tow somebody/something along/down/toward something to pull/drag/draw/haul/tow somebody/something behind you to pull/drag/draw/haul a cart/sled to pull/draw a coach/carriage to pull/haul/tow a trailer horses pull/draw/haul something dogs pull/drag/haul something
  2. move slowly
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] to move yourself slowly and with effort drag yourself + adv./prep. I managed to drag myself out of bed. + adv./prep. She always drags behind when we walk anywhere.
  4. persuade someone to go
  5. 3[transitive] drag somebody/yourself + adv./prep. to persuade someone 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. He came in, dragging his three children behind him.
  6. of time
  7. 4[intransitive] (of time or an event) to pass very slowly Time dragged terribly. The meeting really dragged. see also drag on
  8. touch ground
  9. 5[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make something move, partly touching the ground This dress is too long—it drags on the ground when I walk. drag something He was dragging his coat in the mud.
  10. search river
  11. 6[transitive] drag something (for somebody/something) to search the bottom of a river, lake, etc. with nets or hooks They dragged the canal for the missing children.
  12. computing
  13. 7[transitive] drag something + adv./prep. to move some text, an icon, etc. across the screen of a computer using the mouse Click on the file and drag it across.
  14. Idioms
    drag your feet/heels
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    to be deliberately slow in doing something or in making a decision
    drag somebody's name through the dirt/mud
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    to harm someone's reputation by saying bad things about them
    Phrasal Verbsdrag bydrag somebodydowndrag somebody/somethingdown (to something)drag something/somebody into somethingdrag ondrag somethingoutdrag something out of somebodydrag somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: drag