Definition of pull noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʊl//
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    trying to move something
  1. 1  [countable] an act of trying to make something move by holding it firmly and bringing it towards you I gave the door a sharp pull and it opened. One last pull on the rope should do it.
  2. physical force
  3. 2  [singular] the pull (of something) a strong physical force that makes something move in a particular direction the earth’s gravitational pull The tides depend on the pull of the moon.
  4. attraction
  5. 3  [countable, usually singular] the pull (of something) the fact of something attracting you or having a strong effect on you The magnetic pull of the city was hard to resist. He felt the pull of paternal love.
  6. influence
  7. 4[uncountable] (informal) power and influence over other people people who have a lot of pull with the media
  8. on cigarette/drink
  9. 5[countable] pull (at/on something) an act of taking a deep breath of smoke from a cigarette, etc. or a deep drink of something She took a long pull on her cigarette.
  10. walk up hill
  11. 6[countable, usually singular] (British English) a difficult walk up a steep hill It's a long pull up to the summit.
  12. muscle injury
  13. 7[countable] an injury to a muscle caused by using too much force See related entries: Injuries
  14. handle/rope
  15. 8[countable] (especially in compounds) something such as a handle or rope that you use to pull something a bell/door pull see also ring pull
  16. Word OriginOld English pullian ‘pluck, snatch’; origin uncertain; the sense has developed from expressing a short sharp action to one of sustained force.Extra examples He felt a strong pull on the rope. I gave the door a sharp pull. It is hard to deny the emotional pull of this music. She felt the pull of her homeland. She took a long pull on her cigarette and sighed. The Moon exerts a gravitational pull on the Earth, creating tides. a pull at his flaskIdioms (British English, slang) (of a person) trying to find a sexual partner
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